Odd Ducks as a Harbinger of Hope!

Now that Leanne is retired we don’t start every morning with a panicky scramble to make sure she makes the number 38 bus by 8:00. Instead we go for a walk and talk for an hour or so. Her retirement is working out well for me so far! The other day walking around Rocky...

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Right Now We Really Need a Few Good Men

After more than 40 years, the Marines are retiring one of their key recruiting phrases; “We’re looking for a few good men.” As they retire the slogan I find myself saying that’s EXACTLY what we need right now. A few good men. We need a few good...

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Do Politics Belong in Church?

I read 12 essays from thoughtful, influential Christian leaders around our country responding to the question, “Do politics belong in church?” from one of the most respected Christian journals available, The Christian Century. As it turns out, we’re not the only...

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You Can’t Make This Stuff Up – I Promise

I ended five wedding weekends in a row with my brother-in-law’s this past Saturday in South Dakota. When we were leaving the wedding we passed the Sioux Nation Pet Clinic that was fully in the Fall swing of things with an illuminated sign out front that said,...

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Too Many Hats, Or Not Enough Heads

This past weekend our youngest son, Nicky, married Faye, a woman all of our family adores. There was a reception for out of town guests on Thursday at Joyride Brewery. The 32–person wedding was in our backyard Friday night and the reception for 150 was Saturday night...

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Beauty Can Be Elusive

This week’s article is submitted by Jeana Pynes, Pastor of Families and Community Engagement, just returned from a summer sabbatical. Hello my Highlands Friends, I’m back! And if I had to choose one word to describe my sabbatical summer, it would be beauty....

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The People of Africa Captured Our Hearts.

And we felt the presence of God every step of the way. Sixteen Highlanders represented our International Advocacy efforts by investigating more than a dozen ways we could collaborate as advocates and allies alongside Global Livingston Institute. GLI and other...

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God’s Continued Excavation

For the last 5 of our 9 years of existence, Highlands Church has been meeting in the Holiday Theatre. For some, this is the only home they’ve known for the church. It feels like a perfect fit for us – you can’t really tell how beautiful and interesting it is until you...

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How Heavy is the Burden You Bear, and is it Worth it?

A friend who is in the healing profession and I were recently talking about the most common phrase we hear people use when they are finally able to forgive someone, or forgive themselves. They often describe that they feel “lighter.” We feel lighter when...

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Popsicles and Polemics

Most Denver neighborhoods now have an online resource called “Next Door” to help people connect to their actual, real live neighbors who share the same streets, schools, restaurants and handymen. Lots of people use it to report lost pets, porch pirates, new...

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Is Connection a Fantasy, Church?

WATCH THIS SHORT VIDEO FIRST with Heather Nelson and her grandpa, evangelical icon, Chuck Swindoll. This week’s article is by Highlander and director of Khesed Wellness, Heather Nelson. Glennon Doyle Melton posted on her Instagram a couple weeks ago a quote by...

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Everything Jesus Did Was Political

The root of the word “politic” in Greek is the word “polis,” which literally means “city” but more loosely refers to a body of citizens. It is in this sense that absolutely everything Jesus said and did was “political”;...

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In Many Ways, Dogs Seem to Catch On Faster

We had a family reunion last week with my sister Jackie’s kids and ours along with the grandkids, nieces, nephews, spouses and significant others. We had a blast, but what really tickled me was living in the microcosm of multiple generations at different levels...

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Hearing the Voice of Jesus

This week’s post is by Highlands Church Co-Pastor Rachael McClair. I heard an interesting article on CPR this morning about a woman named Sarah Jackson who started an organization called Casa de Paz as a way to serve released detainees from an Aurora immigrant...

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The Word of God is a double-edged Sword, not a Bayonet

Highlands Church has willingly embraced that our community is open to a wide range of people who may differ from others in significant ways. Currently the most challenging part of our ethos is what we mean when we say, “Conservative and liberal here, we’ve all gotta...

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Highlands Church Blog

Also known as TiddBits, the weekly blog by (usually) Co-pastor, Mark Tidd