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 [...]

Mom, would you have aborted your gay son?

| July 1, 2011

Share “If I would have known you were going to be gay, I would have aborted you.” This is what a mother told her son after she learned that he was gay. NPR did a story on gay immigrants shedding light on their story of living in the United States. In this particular segment the [...]

The NEW Roman’s Road

| May 25, 2011

Share I was raised on the Romans Road. The Romans Road is an evangelism tool made up of 5-7 verses pulled out of Romans to show people the way of salvation. That if they follow and believe this simple Road of 5 verses, God will save them (read the original Roman’s Road). So, following the [...]

God Does Things We Would Never Do: Francis Chan and Hell

| May 24, 2011

ShareI love Francis Chan. Seriously, I do. I grew up listening to Francis at Hume Lake Summer Camps and so he has a special spot in my heart. He is eloquent in speech, very persuasive and has a very sincere and genuine heart. He is quite passionate about what he believes, but conveys it in [...]

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 [...]

Why Do We Lose Jesus if We Lose Hell?

| April 15, 2011

Share Why are Jesus and our traditional notion of Hell so intertwined? Why is it that if we lose Hell, Jesus becomes terribly pointless and ceases to matter? I mean after all, without Hell, what is the point of Jesus coming? What is the point of his life and teachings? What is the point of [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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] . . [...]

Lower-Deck People

| April 8, 2009

ShareI want to thank Kathy for a conversation a group of us had over cocktails in Albuquerque. This is what came to my mind as we were discussing “upper-deck people” and “lower-deck people” in relation to the church. In some churches (please re-read the word some), there seems to be two sets of people: the [...]

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 [...]

Jesus Was a Mirror

| March 31, 2009

Share So here is my hypothesis: Jesus was simply a mirror. Jesus simply mirrored people’s judgment back onto themselves. “For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” It was almost as if all these religious leaders and Pharisaical types [...]

ATTENTION: Practicing Sinner Ordained!!

| March 29, 2009

Share This last weekend in Berkeley, CA—just outside San Francisco—an obviously practicing sinner was ordained as a card-toting member of the professional clergy. One brief glance at his attire and how he carried himself was all that was needed to see the obvious sin this man was involved in. Though as clear as day by [...]

Seditious Love

| March 11, 2009

Share Love is an act of sedition, a revolt against reason, an uprising in the body politic, a private mutiny. – Diane Ackerman A Natural History of Love

Brian McLaren on the Emerging Church Conference, March 20-22 in New Mexico

| February 21, 2009

ShareHere is a short video with Brian McLaren and Spencer Burke sharing their excitement and thoughts about the upcoming Emerging Church Conference in New Mexico, March 20-22. What excites me is the conversation that will ensue when progressive Roman Catholics, Mainline Liberals, and Evangelical Conservatives come together to listen, learn, and grow in friendship with [...]

Peace Through Violence?

| February 2, 2009

Share One of the things I enjoy about blogging are the discussions that emerge from seemingly simple posts. A case in point is the discussion Derek and David have been having about peace and war and violence—all from a 6-word post. There words, though not lacking spirit or passion, have gone miles beyond simple cookie-cutter [...]