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

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 [...]

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 [...]

15 Signs You’re Dealing with One of God’s “Chosen”

| April 21, 2011

Share It seems that since the release of Rob Bell’s book, Love Wins, other things have been released as well, namely an outbreak of very outspoken people who believe they are God’s chosen. As such, they have a mission to squash any person or argument that differs from their understanding of Jesus, God, man, sin, [...]

But The Greatest of These Is Truth…

| April 18, 2011

Share If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love Truth, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge love and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but [...]

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, [...]

What If “The Church” Was Invisible?

| May 20, 2009

ShareWhat if we, as the church, were invisible? What if we had no church buildings? No signs declaring a church location? No denominations or headquarters? No mega weekend gatherings? No Christian radio presence? No Christian stores? No Christian bumper stickers or other outward personal identifying stuff? What if the Yellow Pages didn’t have a “church” [...]

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 [...]

Inerrant

| March 26, 2009

Share The problem is not when we think that the bible is inerrant. The problem is when we think our interpretations of the bible are inerrant. When people claim sola scriptura, what they’re really claiming is sola what-I-believe-a. Just some thought fodder . . . literally.

Bibliolatry?

| March 5, 2009

Share In the same vein of a previous post, The Law 2009, I have a question/thought I wanted to throw out there. Here is the context: “One Sabbath day he was walking through a field of ripe grain. As his disciples made a path, they pulled off heads of grain. The Pharisees told on them [...]

The Law, 2009

| March 4, 2009

Share The Law came down to Moses and was written on stone. From there The Law became verbal, being passed down to generations. Then The Law was wrote down in the Hebrew Scriptures as each passing generation expanded on it and how it was applied. The Law, in essence, became, well, the law. All things, [...]

Ruwach

| March 3, 2009

Share Some things are lost in translation; either through the choice of the translators or by the limits of our English language. The word Ruwach is a perfect example. Ruwach (pronounced roo’-akh) is the ancient Hebrew (Old Testament) word for the Holy Spirit (as well as wind, breath). In fact, ruwach is the only word [...]

Load it Up!

| February 25, 2009

Share So true. I read this and thought, “This is the same justification the religious leaders in Jesus’ day used, ‘Well, the Law of Moses (or their Bible) says…’” There’s this “John MacArthur Study Bible”. I don’t know much about John MacArthur, but apparently, he likes to kinda dilute stuff. I flipped open to Matthew [...]

Thanks Alan — Scripture As We Live It

| November 16, 2008

ShareOnce in a while Alan over at The Assembling of the Church writes what he calls, “Scripture As We Live It”. The crossed out parts are what the writers of scripture wrote and the red parts is how we typically live out our faith today, which really reveals how we believe. This one got my [...]

Are You in the Ministry?

| November 5, 2008

Share This is a question I still get asked when I run into people who knew me when I was a paid, professional pastor. The conversation usually goes like this: “Jeromy, how are you doing?” “I’m doing good, and yourself?” “Oh, we’re fine. What have you been up to? Are you still in the ministry?” [...]

Same-Sex Marriage, Prop 8, and Jesus’ Words

| October 21, 2008

Share I am amazed. Since California legalized same-sex marriages in May, 2008 and an estimated 22,000 people of the same sex have wed…our social world and order hasn’t collapsed or fallen apart, as some feared it would. In fact, I have hardly noticed any difference in life at all, except the amount of money and [...]

The New Modern Translation of John 3:16 and 17

| September 5, 2008

Share“For God so loved the world some of the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes [the way I do] in him shall not perish burn forever in Hell but have eternal life live forever in Heaven. For God did not send his Son into the world to earth to [...]

Leave ‘em Be, Don’t Yank the Weeds!

| June 13, 2008

Share I was looking in my backyard today and noticed all the weeds that have been popping up. I sighed at the thought of going out there and uprooting them. What a pain. Seeing all those weeds got me thinking about Jesus’ words where he taught us not to pull up the “weeds”, but to [...]

Leave ‘em Be, Don’t Yank the Weeds!

| June 13, 2008

Share I was looking in my backyard today and noticed all the weeds that have been popping up. I sighed at the thought of going out there and uprooting them. What a pain. Seeing all those weeds got me thinking about Jesus’ words where he taught us not to pull up the “weeds”, but to [...]