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…

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…

Community Is Discovered

Community is not created.  We are already connected to one another.  The moment we realize a connection between ourselves and another person is when we begin to build community.  It is these connections that lie under the surface which we fail to see because of the barriers constructed either by ourselves or the culture in which we live.  If we…

Begin To Savor | Thoughts on Life in Middle America

Perhaps it’s a 50/50 shot at happiness. Perhaps we are all doomed. Perhaps we are all destined for greatness. There are times when I can identify with any of the previous spots on the emotional life outlook spectrum.  I’m all over the map from day to day, hour to hour but I’m in recovery. I…

Stuck In The Middle

For many of us we have this idea of the Divine as an old man sitting somewhere high in the Heavens getting ready to judge us. Or God is a man with a long white beard on a throne on the clouds behind high walls and pearly gates. He is on high. Perhaps God is…

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?…

It Will Pummel You

Tonight I would like to offer you a quote from my dear friend Allen Weathers.  I heard Allen say this several months back.  It still effects me just as much today as it did the first time I heard it. I simply want to ask you to read this thought. Allow your mind to process…

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…

It’s Found In The Valley

For the past two days I’ve been incredibly down.  I’ve felt like someone spiritually ran me over with a steam roller then came back around picked me up and did it again.  It’s weird because I’ve been very positive lately about business not being well and us not being at the top of our game…

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…

For All To Hear

Outside of the obvious, there is something incredibly powerful beneath the surface when it comes to death.  Something that doesn’t quite bring joy. Even when a person has been suffering and leaves this earth for what’s beyond, we still grieve.  I grieve not for them, but for me.  I grieve because I will miss them,…

Does It Matter?

Does it matter that people in our country and all over the world are being oppressed and pushed down? Does it matter what you believe? Does it matter who you love? Does it matter that people are dying from famine every single day? Does the fact that you feel called to help the poverty stricken…