As some of you may already know, there was a major fire early this morning on Potter Street in Philadelphia where our dear friends from the Simple Way reside. I am deeply saddened to report that the Simple Way house at 3200 Potter Street was very badly damaged, and from what I've heard, has been condemned and will probably be torn down soon. I just got off the phone with Chris Lahr and he told me that apparently everyone is ok, though it sounds like Shane made a pretty narrow escape and everyone has lost a lot of valuable personal articles. I think that I can safely speak for anyone who has ever been to 3200 Potter when I say that we've all lost something that is a vital part of our unfolding communal story. This place has truly been one of the most important and life changing destinations for Christian pilgrims in America over the course of the last decade. I know that it is a vital part of my own experience of new birth, a vital part of my relationship with my wife and our understanding of who we are, and is place that has brought a tremendous amount of joy and holy challenge to many of the people that I love. So, I grieve this news, I grieve for our very dear friends at the Simple Way, and I grieve for the people of Potter Street and the surrounding areas. Few of us have the kind of amazing friendship and support network that the Simple Way has, and I know that we will all come around them to love and uphold them during this very difficult time. Meanwhile, I know that they will be loving their neighbors as they always have and doing what they can to assist them in the midst of their own grief and struggle, and I know that the rest of us will be honored to join them in this work. But for now I know that many of us simply want to give thanks that our friends are alright, to grieve for their (and our) loss, and to take some time to think about what that amazingly unlikely place, 3200 Potter Street, has meant to us.