A Mending Shift

a bird sings, not because if has an answer to give, but because it has a song to sing … this is my song

I hugged a man in his underwear.

| March 2, 2012

Share As I was researching ideas for a possible thesis topic, I stumbled across this post by Nathan with the Marin Foundation (be sure to check out what they are doing…VERY cool stuff). It moved me very much and I wanted to share it with you. Enjoy (and the next time you see a man [...]

Does God really care where “it” goes?

| March 1, 2012

Share Warning, this post asks a few tough unspoken questions in straight-forward, honest ways. (And it mentions the word penis). A lot has been said surrounding God and the gay community (LGBT). But if we were honest, for most, doesn’t it boil down to one question: “Does God really care where the penis goes?” (Told [...]

Glass-half-wicked or glass-half-good?

| June 28, 2011

ShareSitting on a jury is an interesting experience. It taught me a lot about how important our starting-place presumptions about people are. Let me explain. One of the most important factors of our justice system is that people accused of a crime must be viewed as innocent. Your mindset as a jury is that indeed [...]

Don’t worry, fire-wanting disciples, the fire is coming, just not now.

| June 27, 2011

Share [Luke 9:51-56] Now it came to pass, when the time had come for Him to be received up, that He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem, 52 and sent messengers before His face. And as they went, they entered a village of the Samaritans, to prepare for Him. 53 But they did [...]

I am Gay, get it straight

| May 28, 2011

Share As I entered into my preteen years, a deep attraction for the opposite sex came crashing in like an unwelcome stranger. I was scared. These were new feelings and I knew that they would not be accepted by my family or friends. How could I be attracted to girls? I kept my attraction hidden [...]

The “Other”

| May 26, 2011

Share What if we viewed the “others” as our brothers and sisters? What if we cast aside the destructive label of “them” and exchanged it for “us”? What we didn’t operate through then lenses of labels, countries, and borders? What if we saw “others” as fellow humans with the same blood coursing through both our [...]

Letter to Gays and Lesbians (LGBT): I Stand With You

| May 11, 2011

Share [Leerlo en Español] [Watch the video reading] I don’t know what it is like to be black and carry the weight of years of oppression and racism on my shoulders. To pull myself up out of that oppression. To feel different and lacking simply because of the color of my skin. I am white. [...]

Should We Serve Terrorists at the Lord’s Table?

| May 5, 2011

Share This is very moving and powerful 3 min story about the effect praying for ones enemy will have on a community. It really touched a personal chord with me, especially surrounding the communion aspect. Years ago I made a public declaration that I would not take Communion/Eucharist/Lord’s Supper if people in the gathering were [...]

A Label-Absent Reality?

| May 4, 2011

Share Here there is no Christian. Non-Christian. American. Muslim. Heretic. Orthodox. Saved. Unsaved. Liberal. Conservative. Mainline. Evangelical. Catholic. Reformed. Baptist. Pentecostal. Episcopal. Presbyterian. Lutheran. Methodist. Buddhist. Hindu. Blacks. Whites. Evil. Good. Biblical. Unbiblical. Terrorists. Hell-bound. First class. Third class. Believer. Unbeliever. Jew. Atheist. Mormon. Shi’ite. Sunni. Wahabi. Oregonian. Adulterer. Faithful. Right-wing. Left wing. Republican. Democrat. [...]

HELL: 9/11 Victims & Osama Bin Laden

| May 3, 2011

Share Yesterday, I read a headline with Osama Bin Laden’s face on it and large, thick white letters exclaiming, “Rot in Hell!” Yesterday, while hoping onto Fox News Channel and catching an interview with Rudy Giuliani and Sean Hannity, Rudy mentioned that Osama is burning in hell and was met with nods and a slight [...]

The Runaways and Their Loving Mom

| April 11, 2011

Share What is the Kingdom of God like, you ask? A woman lived in rural central California. She was known for her kindness, generosity and love, but she was also fair and just. Her five children were normal kids, but the four youngest were known around town for their rebellious streaks. As a single mom, [...]

Atheist TV meets Christian Inclusion

| April 7, 2011

ShareCheck out my friend, Chad Holtz, as a guest on The Atheist Perspective. (Feed viewers, see video below) The Atheist Perspective – 4/5/2011 from Jamie Jamison on Vimeo. Chad’s closing words: My closing remarks on the show were in response to the question, “What is heaven?”   I’d love to hear your thoughts on this…. [...]

One Hell of a God

| April 2, 2011

Share How can we say God is good? How can we say God is love? How can we say God is just? How can we say God is righteous? How can we say any of that if we believe in a God who 1) created hell, 2)  wrote the rules of how to go there [...]

A Faith-Filled Doubting Human Following Jesus

| August 27, 2009

Share Do you have 5-minutes? If so, I encourage you to watch this video. I have not watched something in a long time that personally resonated with me at this deep of a level. I hope it encourages your faith and gives you peace. So give it a peep … you’ll be glad you did. [...]

What’s Worse?

| August 9, 2009

Share What’s worse? For a child to go un-adopted and grow up in “the system” without a loving home, bouncing from group home to group home, or be adopted by two loving, monogamous parents who provide a stable, caring home, yet both are the same gender/sex? Put it another way. What’s worse? For a child [...]

The Muslims Are Coming! The Muslims Are Coming!

| April 29, 2009

ShareSo I am really intrigued to hear your take/reaction to the below video: [I ask that you not continuing reading until you watch the embedded video] If I were honest, I felt like that video could have been shown to people in Europe during the Crusades as a call to arms. All I heard was [...]

Wounded Image of God, The Conversation Continues…

| April 19, 2009

Share I have been blessed by all the comments of men and women who shared over the past few weeks regarding the Wounded Image of God.(if you haven’t, swing on by to the post to read the comments…you’ll be moved). To be honest, the response has surprised me. It was a post I had to [...]

Stuff and Bread

| April 17, 2009

Share Probably the two greatest statements I heard at the Emerging Church Conference. Both of these were words of wisdom that Alexie Torres-Fleming’s mom told her growing up: “Whatever you have — that you do not need — does not belong to you.” A far cry from our consumerism and American Dream mentality. This is [...]

Made in China: From the Lips of an Eight-Year-Old

| April 13, 2009

Share Last night my wife shared with me something my eight-year-old son said. Being in the second grade, the world of words and reading are opening up to him. As he was cleaning up his toys he realized a pattern, “Mom, everything says it is Made in China . . . [thoughtful pause] . . [...]

The Wounded Image of God

| April 2, 2009

SharePlease allow me to humbly share my witness to a deep wound that showed up at the Emerging Church Post-Conference Conversation in Albuquerque. This wound was expressed quietly all weekend long but finally came festering to the surface during the last morning of our time together. It is a wound shared by many of those [...]