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

HELL: 9/11 Victims & Osama Bin Laden

| May 3, 2011

Share Yesterday, I read a headline with Osama Bin Laden’s face on it and large, thick white letters exclaiming, “Rot in Hell!” Yesterday, while hoping onto Fox News Channel and catching an interview with Rudy Giuliani and Sean Hannity, Rudy mentioned that Osama is burning in hell and was met with nods and a slight [...]

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 [...]

Do Maggots Eat Money?

| January 22, 2009

Share I am really curious if they do; maggots eating money, that is. Remember Israel’s wondering in the desert and how God provided food for them? Well God did, but with some justice and anti-greed conditions. Here is the Cliff-note version of Exodus 16: Then the LORD said to Moses, “I will rain down bread [...]

A Touching Letter in Reply to “Our Little Conspiracy”

| November 20, 2008

Share I wanted to share a touching personal letter I received from a good friend (who lives in the States) in response to Our Little Conspiracy. Read and be encouraged as I was: Hey Jeromy and Jonathan, I have to tell you how much your posts on the water/well thing for Christmas have struck me. [...]

Our Little Conspiracy

| November 19, 2008

Share This photo sickens me. I imagine my mom, my wife, my daughters having to drink this kind of water in this kind of way. This photo sickens me. Does it sicken you? In light of this photo, this is also what sickens me: Americans spend an average of $450 billion on Christmas. To solve [...]

Attic Blog: Poor, For Love’s Sake

| October 16, 2008

ShareSometimes a line from a song or scripture just grabs me and will not let go. It happened just this past weekend in a church gathering. During a song that I have heard and sung a thousand times (“Here I Am To Worship” by Tim Hughes), a line grabbed my heart in such a way [...]

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, [...]

Why Are People Giving Less to Churches?

| July 8, 2008

Share When giving is down in churches, what is the first and typical response? It’s to preach a few sermons about giving (at least that has been my experience in working in churches. Your experience may be different). Because that’s the problem, isn’t it. The people don’t know they are supposed to give. They haven’t [...]

One Line: Edible Money?

| April 25, 2008

Share “Only when the last tree has died, and the last river been poisoned, and the last fish has been caught, will we realize that we cannot eat money.” ~Cree Saying

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 [...]

The American Temple

| February 22, 2008

Share On a jagged hill sprouting life, his followers stood around him remembering his life and brooding over his death. This man from Nazareth was the freshest breeze their bodies and souls had ever inhaled. They had experienced his love and grace in such a strikingly personal way that the whole of their lives had [...]

The American Temple – The Poem

| February 21, 2008

Share Here is a poem I wrote: Blood drips on the ground silently. Onlookers cringe at the view. Coins spill in the ground wastefully as Christians market something new. Believers look on, appraising without a plea; covering our Savior in solid gold. What a sell —Resounds the shout of hell— What a sell!

When “What We Believe” Must Protect “What We Have”

| January 25, 2008

Share It is hard to say for certain why the medieval church had a preoccupation with sin—fear, money, control…perhaps—but it is fairly obvious that an entire religious system was built around this preoccupation. It seems, in fact, that one of the church’s primary roles was dealing with sin. Professions were built around it. The rich [...]