From: Ruth | To: You | A Story of Racism

I would like you to meet Ruth. Ruth is a teacher, a mom, a wife. She is well educated. She lives in a small city of 250,000 in the south plains of Texas.  She is active in her church and every time I’ve talked with her she has been caring, loving and an absolute beacon…

Tearing Down Walls Of The Empire

I write this to my Christian, Buddhist, Hindu, and Muslim brothers and sisters. I write to my Pantheist, Atheist, Deist, Theist and Agnostic family. I write to my people who grew up without a faith tradition and find themselves somewhere along the spiritual journey. I write to my people who are not sure how they would identify….

Sit & Listen | Sunday Conversations on Racism

I sat and listened. Story after story told by new friends about their personal experiences with racism. These weren’t stories they heard from their grandparents or stories they read on Facebook.  They were not retelling a story filtered down from a friend of a friend of a friend.  These stories were theirs.  The experiences were owned….

My Confessionary

As you read this, I would like you to know that it was written prior to Trump becoming our President elect. In Leaves Reinhold Niebuhr wrote “if a gospel is preached without opposition it is simply not the gospel which resulted in the cross.”  This sentence wrecked me when I read it.  Even though I’m not sure…

How Did We Get Here Evangelicals?

I saw this link a few days ago (Eating Honey & Pulling Down Pillars) and it’s the kind of crap I’ve been seeing from a section of Evangelicals for the last year and I’m finally to the point that I’m done. I’m angry and I don’t want to be but you are supposed to be…

Adios Facebook | A Break-up Letter

Well Facebook, my dear, it’s been an adventure.  We have been together for a long time. There comes a point in every relationship when you come to the realization of whether or not it is an actual healthy relationship.  Sometimes you stay in relationships longer than you should.  I have been hanging on to you…

Colin Kaepernick | The Larger Issue

When a professional athlete does something it is, of course, magnified in the media.  Sometimes this is the very reason they do it, while other times it is something that is simply part of being a professional athlete in America. We, as a nation, have placed professional athletes equivalent with other leaders of the world…

LOVE ENDURES | Broken & Contemplating

Wishing violence upon someone or carrying out a violent act looks NOTHING like Christ – NOTHING.

We are called to be men and women who stand up for the oppressed.

We are urged to be a people unified in their love for those who don’t look like us, think like us, vote like us or believe like us.

The Jesus I read of in the ancient texts is one who would mourn with those families of loved ones lost through all of the violent acts we’ve seen so publicly in the last week. He would be in Dallas, and Baton Rouge, and Falcon Heights.

I believe His heart is broken because we would rather argue about who is right and live in denial of oppression than really look at the system and walk with those suffering in hopes that we could bring more hope, grace, and peace through sacrificial love.

The Exxon Valdez

There is a brilliant song by the band mewithoutyou called “A Glass Can Only Spill What It Contains” which was passed on to me by a good friend.  The song is worth a listen and you should do so.  But it was the title from the start that spurred my thinking.  My pondering can, at…

Violence of Christianity

Today I wanted to share something that recently inspired me again. I say ‘again’ because I heard Peter Rollins give this talk at the Poets Prophets and Preachers conference I attended in Grand Rapids in 2009. I hope you are inspired as well. Today, may you find love. May you give all of yourself for…

Set Love Free

So much of our life is consumed and saturated with everything but love.  We can convince ourselves that Love is in this or Love is why we do that, but do we ever just live life fueled with Love and nothing else? I want to begin to love in a way that it is the…

Your Identity Can Grow

Today’s blog is a break from the in depth, hard questions that make a home in my mind. Instead of the brainbusters (billy madison reference), I would like to share with you one of my passions – great facial hair.  In particular, I’m an avid beard fan.  In fact I’m a self proclaimed proud member…

Apples & Oranges

A simple yet complex question for the blog today. The things in your life that you do, from the most mundane to the most electrifying, from the most “spiritual” to the most “unholy”… Why do you do them? Think throughout your day.  Think of everything from the food you put down your throat to the…

A New Study

I’ve been out of college for years now and it’s been a good bit of time since I last attempted an in depth study of scripture. Well, I suppose that’s not completely true. I lead discussion on Thursday nights for our 20 something’s round table style discussion group, so I’ve studied for those. But even…

Well That Sucked.

The benefits of social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook are fantastic. These sites reconnect us to old friends and family. They also connect us to new friends around the world. For me, they have even provided the opening to conversations with other artists and activist living to make the world a better place….