Panning for Love | Reasons We Leave the Church

Church leaders are wondering why people are leaving the church in such numbers. Thich Nhat Hanh had a good grasp on it 20 years ago. Church authorities must strive to understand the suffering of their own people. The lack of understanding brings about the lack of tolerance and true love, which results in the alienation…

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….

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…

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…

My Repentance

I was given a book for Christmas by a fellow coach that I’m beginning to read (This Beautiful Mess by Rick McKinley).  This small snippet stood out to me this morning and as I sat back to process my heart was focused on how I repented after I was a follower of Christ. Repentance means…

A New Radiance | The Christmas Story

“And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.  And an angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, ‘Fear not, for behold, I…

A Few Thoughts & A Letter To Phil Robertson | Duck Dynasty | Conversation

Seeing that everyone else in the Christian community has posted their thoughts, the vast majority being “outraged” I STAND WITH PHIL! hoopla, I wanted to offer a few thoughts/questions before people get crazy and start “preaching” via Facebook and really do some damage to the world’s perspective on the Christian community and I also wanted…

Are You Choosing To Fall?

It’s a simple question that can range across the board: How Much? When this question popped into my mind in the early morning hours it wasn’t about money, or time, or anything with a risk attached to it.  I asked myself, “How much?” because I am pondering how much I love Christ.  How much I…

A Beautiful Truth

A little thought for today. Do we fail to do more, live up to our “potential”, pursue what our soul cries out for, because we don’t allow ourselves to view the world, which includes ourself, as God sees? I think so. For me, it’s my own self doubt and fear of failure that causes me…

Needed Rest

Today, I’m sick. I don’t get sick very often so this feeling is not welcomed. There isn’t anything I want to do more than sleep. I just want to rest and let my body recouperate and heal. I wonder if we ever realize when our spirit is telling us that it needs time to heal?…

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…

You Hear?

For me, the majority of my life that I’ve spent following Jesus, there have been very few occasions that I can say I have felt as if I “heard from God” in regard to what I should do.  For some reason Christians give off this impression that everyone should know what God wants them to…

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…