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’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 [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Why I Am So Proud of My Wife, My Bride

| September 22, 2008

ShareI am so proud of my bride, Jennifer. It seems that the longer I am married to her the more I fall in love with her. As a mom and wife, the everyday burdens she carries are many. With this last year of lower than normal finances, that internal burden has increased. But through it, [...]

Belief and Seeing

| September 18, 2008

ShareYour beliefs will be the light by which you see, but they will not be what you see, and they will not be a substitute for seeing. – Flannery O’Connor Once there is seeing, there must be acting. Otherwise, what is the use of seeing? – Thich Nhat Hanh

Where the Power Lies

| July 3, 2008

Share The power does not lie in the formula; the power lies in following. When I look back at and see those people, churches, and ideas that really had the power and energy of God behind them, I see a common thread: a person or group of people were following Jesus’ lead within their specific [...]

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 [...]

Why I Am Missional—Three Reasons

| May 19, 2008

Share It was clear from the beginning that this should be my role. God blessed Abraham to be a blessing to others, not to simply enjoy his blessing. Jesus said, come follow me. Jesus was clearly all about his Daddy’s mission. His life and death modeled a missional life that did what the Father did, [...]

Our Story—Chapter 10

| May 5, 2008

Share Jen and I have been married for 10 years, this June. So when I was asked to synchroblog about keeping it real and the latest chapter of our story, I thought I’d do just that. So here is chapter 10 of our ongoing story: Our last anniversary was spent camping on the banks of [...]

God, Where Are You Cultivating?

| April 30, 2008

Share Instead of asking God to cultivate something, may I see, hear and be in-tune to what God is already cultivating around me. May I have the courage to trust and join God’s cultivation regardless how unknown, mysterious, distant or “in-the-dark” it may presently seem. May I strive less to do for the sake of [...]

Painting Egypt—The Reason Behind All This Time and Sand

| April 28, 2008

ShareThis is a shout out to my good buddy Dave who reminded me of this song today. My wife and I used to listen to it all the time but it has sat idle in the “non-played” cellar of my iPod. So I cranked it up again today on my way home from work and [...]

A Great Time to be Alive!

| April 15, 2008

Share You have been telling people that this is the Eleventh Hour. Now you must go back and tell the people that this is the Hour. And there are things that need to be considered: Where are you living? What are you doing? What are your relationships? Are you in right relation? Where is your [...]

Ride Daddy’s Jeep

| April 9, 2008

Share Spring time is here. That means one thing—my top comes off. See, as a Jeep owner, the months of September through March carry with them a shadowy depression because the weather forces the sane person to keep their Jeep top on. But then Spring arrives. The top comes off and the whole world seems [...]

Daddy’s Gifts and Promise of Provision

| April 4, 2008

Share Jen and I have been married for 10 years this June. As we look back over our decade together a few themes have surfaced. One is that our life has been anything but predictable or stale, but rather fun and adventurous with a mix of fear-of -the-unknown. Another theme that has arisen is that [...]

Letting Go

| March 24, 2008

Share Lately, God has been teaching me to trust him and I find that it is a lesson I resist—sometimes with a vengeance. I want to be in control. I want things done in my timing. I do not want to let go, because letting go means, well, letting go and I want to hold [...]

One Line #8

| February 27, 2008

Share   Trust comes when we accept his love and acknowledge we’re powerless.

Jesus’ Theology of Kingdom Entrance

| October 8, 2007

ShareI had a very disturbing dream last night. Not frightening, disturbing. Disturbing in the sense that the personal ramifications of the dream could be great. I dreamt I went through each of the Gospels of Jesus and saw a common theme regarding good deeds and spiritual faith. The shift this created was paradigmatic. I then [...]