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 [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

I’ll Take Door Number Three

| April 14, 2011

ShareI just read this comment on an Emergent Village blog post. Mike could not have said it any better. There seems to be three God’s preached in Christianity: “The god who wants the save the world but can’t. The god who can save the world but won’t. And the God who sent his son to [...]

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 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” [...]

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 [...]

26% “Not Christian”

| March 9, 2009

Share In 1990, just 18 years ago, 84% of American adults identify themselves as Christians. Today? Only 74% do. That means that 26% of American adults do not identify themselves as a Christians. A 10% drop in just 18 years! Crazy! And we wonder why Christendom is scrambling to remain front-and-center. Where are they going? [...]

“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 [...]

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 [...]

Attic Blog: Jesus Was a Heretic

| February 5, 2009

Share The moment in our history finally came when God decided to step into humanity in a physical, human way. The fancy word for God doing this is incarnation. God, in their truth and love, took on flesh and name Jesus … and shortly after God did, God became a heretic. A heretic (according to [...]

WARNING: Read With Discernment!

| January 9, 2009

Share I wonder how many blogs, if they were sold in Christian book stores, would receive one of these little labels at checkout? I am convinced mine would. When you go to the above link, be sure to scroll all the way down to see the list of books and authors they felt a need [...]

Jesus Wants to Save Christians…

| December 30, 2008

Share…as most of you know, is the title to Rob Bell’s newest book. I just purchased the book yesterday and plan on posting some sort of reviewy thingy once I finish it. Until then, I wanted to share my thoughts on the title and extend an invitation to you. First, my thoughts on the title. [...]

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 [...]

Advent with Ted the Loser (from Jesus Shaped Spirituality)

| December 28, 2008

Share I thought this was one of the most grace- and truth-filled posts I’ve read in a long time. My heart soared as I read this, partly because of my own story of rebirth and partly because of the stories of those who have chosen to call me “friend”. If you have ever struggled or [...]

Questions

| December 4, 2008

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

Idolatry

| November 13, 2008

Share I just heard this really good definition of Idolatry: Idolatry is making a good thing the ultimate thing. Wow. So two questions come to mind. What things in America have become idols? What things in Christendom have become idols?

Questions

| November 11, 2008

Share What would you believe if you weren’t taught what you believe? [In other words, do you believe what you believe simply because you were taught to believe it or because you really believe it? Deep down, what do you believe? Sometimes it looks like what you want to believe is true but were taught [...]

From Around the World

| November 7, 2008

Share —————————————————————– United States Barack Obama’s life in pictures. —————————————————————– Australia A Cafe-Church in Melbourne that encourages conversation around deep questions and doubts. —————————————————————– China An article that looks at the House Church Movement in China which entails 30-50million people after 25 years of persecution. It also looks at Watchman Nee’s influence and the roots [...]