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Words from a Safe Distance

June 15, 2020 | By | No Comments

By Robbie Goldman

We walked up and down 16th Street, keeping our conversation pretty light. My friend needed to focus on those passing by as he asked them for spare change. We moved quickly as he found it less awkward for people when they could either lower their gaze and move along or decide to help him out with some change.  

I noticed we seemed to have some powers similar to Moses as the red sea of humanity parted upon our approach. What was it that we were doing to cause such a reaction?  

My friend, aware of the situation, started announcing as we walked, “What if I told you this is my pastor I am walking with? Would that help!?” He loudly stated this phrase over and over for several blocks. Still, it only seemed to increase the  biblical power of  our sea parting ability, because now, people were moving completely to the other side of the street.  Read More

Living in the Essential

May 26, 2020 | By | No Comments

In the past two months, I think I’ve heard, read, and said the word essential more times than I did in all my pre-COVID-19 years combined. It will be interesting to see if and how the word essential will occupy a more everyday place in our lexicon after all this is over.

For the time being, we seem to have gained a new appreciation and respect for that which is essential and for those who have been deemed essential. As we witness an economy long supported by the consumption of nonessential commodities begin to crumble after only a few weeks of pressure, we question the value of the nonessential.

And perhaps rightly so. Our society and our very lives feel as if they’re being stripped down to the essentials, and it at times feels like a very good thing.

And yet, those of us who have the privilege of riding out stay-at-home and safer-at-home orders from the comfort of our own homes are also recognizing that we deeply crave the nonessential. We deeply desire to go get our hair cut and perhaps try Read More

Building the Dry Bones Inner Sense of “Home”

November 10, 2015 | By | One Comment

Being at home is not the same as being in a house. However, the brick and mortar structure provides spaces that represent different parts of being at “home.” If we think about Dry Bones as if it were a house and the rooms of the house for their different uses and functions, we can lay out the work of Dry Bones like we lay out the rooms of the house.

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Facilitating Unlikely Intersections: Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?

November 13, 2014 | By | No Comments

It is easy to love people who are different than us from a distance, but to intersect in a very direct and personal way can be quite scary for some of us.  My first experience with Dry Bones showed me exactly that: it is not terribly difficult to love people from a distance, but it takes commitment and a certain vulnerability to really pursue a person that lives differently or thinks differently than I do.  A desire to be in community with others, regardless of where you’ve come from in life, is at the core of what Dry Bones is all about. Read More