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

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 [...]

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 [...]

Here I Stand—On God’s Love for All

| April 13, 2011

Share We all make choices. We all make interpretations. We all are led individually by the Holy Spirit. We all do the best we can with our three-pound brains and our built in, God-given human limitations. We all stake claims on our current understanding of God’s truth as revealed to us by his Holy Spirit [...]

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, [...]

Free-Form: Tears, Pets and God

| April 5, 2011

ShareI am periodically going to write free-form posts. No pre-planned direction. No filtering. Just my thoughts as they come to the page. These are not decrees. They will not be worked out. They will not be without error. They Simply Will Be. To be honest, it will be more for me than anyone else. I [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

A Daddy’s Love

| April 27, 2009

ShareNot too long ago I shared a tender moment with my 9-month daughter that transcended earth. I was holding her in my arms while sitting at our breakfast bar. At nine-months she is just beginning to crawl. As I held and looked at her, God’s love began to spread through me. As a father holding [...]

Do You Believe It?

| April 10, 2009

Share [See embedded video] If there is one message we I need to be reminded of, it is this one. May you I believe it; truly, truly believe it. Thank you, Brennan. [ht - Jonathan]

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 [...]

Kissing the Wound

| April 6, 2009

Share She dipped her head in shame, pulling away to hide her scar. On her left cheek lived a four-inch scar caused by a knife wielded in power. Even in the arms of the one who loves her, her shame guided her response to love. He tenderly turned her face back towards him for a [...]

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 [...]

Rum and Restoration

| March 18, 2009

Share At first blush, the scene seems all too familiar.  An outdoor fire crackling in the corner.  A circle of six men laughing about everything under the moon. A table with pizza, rum, wine, Guinness, and a margarita. Lit cigars wafting into the air and soaking the clothes. But that is at first blush. A [...]

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

Unmuted

| February 23, 2009

Share Three years ago a friend of mine lost his voice and became mute, but yesterday morning his Papa unmuted him and is giving him his voice back. That sentence may not make any sense to you, but to my friend and me it rings of Papa’s unrelenting grace and restoration. Yesterday morning was a [...]

Looking and Listening Through Love

| January 30, 2009

Share All I can say is: WOW! I find that when I’m in the spiritual world, I hear what my wife means when she speaks, even if she doesn’t actually say it. When I’m in the soulish world, I only hear how what she said affects me. My soulish ears hear from a perspective of [...]

Letter From God

| January 29, 2009

Share Dear world, I love and forgive you. Now please live accordingly. Through Jesus, God

The Universal Problem of Being a Zax

| January 28, 2009

Share I forgot all about this little story until our kids watched it the other day (RSS viewers, you’ll need to visit the site to view the above video). Dr. Suess pinpointed the major problem that plagues most of us…an unwillingness to learn or budge. Or better said, our self-induced stubbornness and lack of love. [...]

My Life Sentence

| January 27, 2009

Share No, not in the prison sense, but rather, My Life in One Sentence: I am learning to be a freedom-realizing human, loved immeasurably by our Creator who is teaching me to love myself and others likewise. What is your Life Sentence? (If you have a blog, I invite you to post Your Life Sentence [...]