White Jesus

When I was growing up, I didn’t have a picture of Jesus in my house. There were definitely no portraits of God or Vishnu or any other deity. The only thing I can remember were a few crosses sitting here or there and maybe an old family Bible out on a coffee table. My catholic…

Bah Humbug Starbucks

Once again, Christians are more concerned with what someone else is doing rather than what they are doing as a community of people who should be changing the world with their actions. Instead the supreme desire at the present is for Starbucks to bring the message of Christmas because nothing preaches Christmas like a snowman on a $5…

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…

Right or Wrong? Wrong or Right?

I’m wondering if we are afraid to be wrong? I think that for me, personally speaking, I’m okay with being wrong in some areas of my life. I handle being wrong when it’s things that are more easily changed.  But when it falls in my interpretation of scripture or my outlook on God, Jesus, the…

What’s It Going To Be?

Today, what’s it going to be? Will you continue to walk on the paved, often swept, pebble free path of the modern stereotypical american christian life? or Will you choose to go off the path and into the wilderness, where the unknown awaits?  The possibility of attack lurks around every bend.  At times, there is…

Like Pinocchio… Sort of.

Like my man Pinocchio, I grow when I talk with people.  Do understand that it’s not my nose growing from telling a lie, it’s my spirit growing from the depth of the conversation.  We need spiritual conversations that force us to search.  Searching moves us towards God. I’m reminded tonight of how my walk with…

Stop Motion Factory Farming

As some of you know I’m a vegetarian.  I’ve been a veg for over two years now.  The process wasn’t easy but it was something I knew I must do.  My convictions tend to get the better of me from time to time.  In the beginning of this journey I read several studies, ridiculous amounts…

The Emptiness Of The Cross

the rain gently taps my window as if it were nature’s percussion section of a symphony orchestra. a beautiful accompaniment to “one love” by Bob Marley playing softly in the background. the elements are in place to create the ideal atmosphere for reflection and meditation. so i sit. i reflect. on successes and failures. on…

…we’re just practicing our balance.

Some of you may know that I do a little photography.  Being a photographer I often carry the ability to write my own hours.  Because of this, my work day is fairly unorthodox.  For the majority of the time I choose to stay at home with my kids and work on anything I can do…

frustrated and tired

Today I find myself a little frustrated with my fellow christians.  Not all Christians but the ones who proclaim to know exactly the way scripture must be interpretated and read.  It is those who stand before coworkers, friends, family and say words like “if you’re not doing this, this and this, then Jesus isn’t in…

Love is Here

This idea of “God is Love” is one that I’ve heard for years, but I’m not quite sure it ever sunk in. I say that because I look at my life and when I really examine it, I’m not sure I live anything like Jesus. Well, other than not cursing, but maybe the early church…

afraid of a scandal

i love the church but i hate how safe it is. we read accounts of Christ spending significant time with the people within the community that weren’t the shinning stars of integrity.  He rather walked among the thugs and lowlifes of his day as well as the wealthy,  the polished and religious upright.  unlike the selfless…

a Love like this

i know a couple who recently got married.  in fact i had the pleasure of photographing their wedding day.  the day in itself was a blast because the people were absolutely stellar to be around.  they were the people who simply wanted to celebrate what the day was all about – Love.  sounds funny to…

first look

for our first look at salvation, we probably need to start with defining what it is… right?  or is the definition in of itself part of the problem? i think that many christians today hold to the belief that salvation delivers us from the power of sin and from the penalties ensuing from our sin…

without LOVE

i was inspired to think and reflect after i heard Peter Rollins speak recently.  thank you for the inspiration Mr. Rollins. let me ask you this:  when you are enjoying a meal with people you dearly love and people that dearly love you, are you thinking about the love in the room? no. you are…