“Keep the Faith”


At Inland Church on Sunday we had our second annual Family Retreat gathering, where Lisa Bowman walked us through the responses to a survey she sent out to the IC family.  I just want to say how good it is that we’re able to provide feedback (negative and positive) to the leadership, and to have a voice in the trajectory Inland has …

Matt“Keep the Faith”

Peace as a Perspective



In a world of chaos, it is seemingly impossible to find peace. This last month for me has been crazy between balancing work and school, finding a new vehicle, traveling, spending time with family, making new friendships and catching up with old friends, throwing out my back, planning trips, training (kind of) for a half marathon, mildly keeping up with …

TylerPeace as a Perspective

Eclipse Shadows


    Yesterday morning as I sat on my front porch waiting for a ride to Steptoe Butte, a lovely high place in the Palouse landscape just south of our town of Spokane, Washington, USA; a meditation came through my mind. I was waiting with a few minutes of quiet in the morning light, waiting to be together during the …

AnnaEclipse Shadows

In Light of Charlottesville


Hello Inland family. In light of what happened this weekend in Charlottesville and the response across the country, I want to be a voice of encouragement. If you’re like me, reports of what happened were troubling. Watching the video of the car mowing people down was sickening. And the Vice documentary about the rally and protests was heartbreaking. For most …

MattIn Light of Charlottesville

A Matter of Perspective



“To grow up in towns in which every stone is witness of a period many centuries past produces a feeling for history, not as a matter of knowledge but as a living reality in which the past participates in the present… In lectures, seminars, homes I visited, and personal conversation with American students I found that an immediate emotional identification …

DarbyA Matter of Perspective

Thoughts on my Baptism



  Since my baptism last week, I have been thinking about how grateful I am and processing what it even means to be baptized. But first, thank you to everyone who came to support me and to those of you who spoke such kind and affirming words. And, thank you to those of you who cheered from afar! I am …

TylerThoughts on my Baptism

We do not Have to Walk on Our Knees


I was recently reminded through another “explosion,” that my dad still has an anger problem. It crosses my mind to say that lots of people have anger problems, but I wonder if in saying this I would be trying to justify my father’s anger problem, or to diminish it. How funny, or not funny, the brain can be about trauma. …

AnnaWe do not Have to Walk on Our Knees

How Does One Say Goodbye?



How does one say goodbye? With a period. That’s what makes it so difficult. I love the question mark. It implies curiosity, unknowing, and a humble posture. It also anticipates something more. It leans into the future, without knowledge of what that future might be. The comma gives us more confidence in that something more. Whereas a question may never …

MichaelHow Does One Say Goodbye?

Remembering The Good


I want you to write this blog. During our gathering on Sunday, we remembered. We allowed the memories of the past to come flooding into the present. We dwelt on the good, the markedly good occasions in the life of Inland Church. And you had wonderful things to share! Rather than have me blather on, I want to share your …

MichaelRemembering The Good

Everything Happens For A Reason?


Life is funny, isn’t it? We live our lives, day to day, trying to understand, trying to make sense of our experiences, our choices, the choices of others, the seemingly random and at times, chaotic nature of this world that we live in. Rarely is insight to be had in the moment. Rather, we live our lives and it is …

MichaelEverything Happens For A Reason?