Jonathan Strain

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9 Suggestions for How to Posture Yourself in a New Life Together Group

by Rob

I’ve been meaning to involve myself in a small group (we call them “Life Together” groups,) more or less since Immanuel first started, and now, almost four years later, I’ve finally done it. Better late than never, I suppose. Church small groups are just one of those weird things. On the one hand, we believe […]

A Prophetic Response to the Freeman School Shooting

by Rob

This post is in response to the recent shooting at Freeman High School just south of Spokane: School shootings are painful reminders that things are not how they should be. And when our sense of equilibrium is challenged by such an event, our responses reveal the brokenness of our world and of our own […]


by Rob

I recently went backpacking with a group of friends. Preparing for this trip created in me a rather bizarre kind of anxiety. Some backdrop: I spent the last two summers as a mountain guide with Young Life’s Beyond Malibu, leading groups on intense, week-long mountaineering trips in remote British Columbia. In many ways, I exited […]