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

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 [...]

Who am I?

| May 18, 2011

Share Who am I? Am I a sum of my parts, or more? My name is Jeromy Roger Johnson. Three words. Eighteen letters. Six syllables. When uttered, it is simply a collection of agreed upon sounds that form meaning. To some it has great meaning, recalling past memories, feelings and shared experiences. To others it [...]

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 [...]

Grace is Not Attractive & Makes People Mad

| April 19, 2011

Share“I still don’t like [grace]…I like stuff you can earn.” Very honest reflection of God’s unrelenting, unfair grace from Author, Brené Brown. If you have kids in the room, she uses a few “choice” words. (Feeders, see video below) Untitled from The Work Of The People on Vimeo.

A Mending Shift, The Purpose of it All

| April 17, 2011

Share I have had a few people ask what A Mending Shift means and its origins. Good question…… To shift simply means to move, to change. Sometimes, a shifting takes place for its own end; in other words, to change simply for change’s sake. Other times, a shifting takes place for another end; to change [...]

Setting the Stage for Conversation

| April 6, 2011

Share So a little about where I am approaching this conversation from. My goal is not to convince, change, prove or debate, just converse and share what I believe and how I see things. I am aware that we are coming at things from different angles, and I have peace with that. I respect your [...]

Improper Affiliation = Damned Soul

| April 3, 2011

Share Just read this on a local church website: “An improper affiliation (read: going to the wrong church) may cause us to lose our soul.” Really?   “Bummer, you went to the wrong church…off to hell with you.” ~ Much love, God our church ~  

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. [...]

Wrestling with Questions

| August 10, 2009

ShareOf all the questions I wrestle with, I don’t wrestle with this one nearly enough: How can I better love those around me? In light of this question, all others seem rather trite.

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 [...]

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] . . [...]

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 [...]

Faces of Pastors Who Have Left “The Ministry”

| March 21, 2009

Share Over 1,700 pastors left the ministry every month last year. Over 20,000 pastors left the ministry last year. In order to help place a “face” to this staggering problem, we have a simple request: If you are a paid pastor or full-time church minister who has left the church ministry, please send a photo [...]

18 (Eighteen)

| March 12, 2009

Share Is the number of houses I have lived in in my 34 years of life. 18 homes in 34 years. That’s an average of moving every year and nine months. Wow. That’s a lot. Though I cannot remember the specific addresses, I can visually remember each house. And in each house I have deep [...]

“Gay Marriage Will Destroy My Religion”

| March 9, 2009

Share At least that is what one lady said and probably many more believe. Let me start with some background. In California, the battle over same-sex marriage is still being fought. Last November, Prop 8 was put on the ballet to overturn an earlier court decision to allow same-sex marriages in California. After the state-wide [...]

Help Me Out: Christians Should Not Judge, a Myth?

| February 2, 2009

Share A church is doing a series called Urban Legends: Debunking Spiritual Myths. They liken certain “myths” in Christianity to Big Foot and the Loch Ness Monster. The upcoming “myth” that they are preaching on is the “myth” that Christians Shouldn’t Judge. In other words, “There are some people out there spreading a myth that [...]

Making the Invisible Visible—Bringing God’s Vision to Earth

| December 29, 2008

Share “I had to perform my duty according to my vision.” Black Elk, a Lakota medicine man. As I read about the Native American culture and religion the more I find myself blessed by them (I am currently reading, The Sixth Grandfather – Black Elk’s Teachings). It is one thing to only read about history [...]

Questions

| December 4, 2008

Share What is it that frustrates you about Christians/Christianity/Religion? ———————————————— What is it that blesses you and brings joy?