Ever felt like you were just not getting through to someone? Ever felt like it was your fault?
Don’t worry, I’m not getting immoral. I’m just getting political. Why I’m getting political would be a good question to ask…of myself. Most of the time when I do, I’m not entirely sure I want to be, and yet I’ve no idea how not to be. That last point is one of the reasons I’m… Continue reading How Far Is Too Far?
[H]ow we treat children very closely resembles (or perhaps reveals) our own perceptions of how we are getting along with God.
…a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?” And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and… Continue reading The Islamic Samaritan
Read that title again. Not “abandoned.” Abandoning. In L.A. County, in fact in all surrounding counties as well, there is no shortage of strange and disparaging stories. The “baby in a dumpster” phenomenon might rightfully be considered the most depraved. But it is also a nationwide issue, and not isolated or sporadic in practice. A… Continue reading The Case of The Abandoning Parent
While postmodernism is a ground-shaker, and many have taken to it rather…slowly…for good reasons, there’s one highly disagreeable reason, and that is the desire to hold onto false dichotomies. Pop quiz! Postmodernism, as a rule, deconstructs things in order to their root assumptions. One misunderstanding about postmodernism is that reconstructing things is not an… Continue reading False Atonement: Modern Dichotomy and The Postmodern Christian
Lemme tell you a story: A woman awakened into a calling for ministry pursues it, as best as she can, completely free of charge, for years. She recognizes the need to be a “tentmaker” like Paul and form a trade on the side, which was readily identified, accepted and engaged from the time of her… Continue reading American Roulette
Advent is a time for peace, for reflection on the One who fulfills our every need, the One who guides lovingly (and yes, sometimes a bit abruptly) as our true life-shepherd. His name is Jesus. And he’s a bit sneaky. See, he likes to pop up in the most seemingly random times, or reveal his… Continue reading The Righteousness of Unity
But there is hope for causes such as this, when the downtrodden are left in isolation, victimized by self-absorption and classified by presupposition. In my religious tradition, we identify that hope in Jesus of Nazareth, the Messiah. “For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me… Continue reading They May Seek The LORD (Where Should The Homeless Go? – Part 2)
“Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.” — Colossians 3:16 Many of you know, either by following me around on Twitter or Facebook, or even here, that I am… Continue reading The Challenge of Derek
…is the person we become. Without hesitation, I need to say that no examples here are meant out of anything but love, and a heavy concern for those who follow the very same Jesus with me. And I have taken many steps to ensure that what I say now is measured against myself, so that… Continue reading The God We Worship…
“Do not stop him,” Jesus said. “For no one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me, for whoever is not against us is for us. Truly I tell you, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to the Messiah will certainly not… Continue reading Spiritual Gifts…in The “Unchurched”?