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…

Evangelism With Heaven or Hell | Foundation Built on Speculation

Thanks to the wonderful world of social media, I am almost constantly reminded of my need for Jesus, but not in an encouraging method, but one of the most detrimental methods of evangelism. You’ve probably seen the videos of an interviewer talking with random people on the street and asking them a series of strategic questions….

To Dream or Not To Dream

Here’s the question – what is you dream? I’m posing this query because I want to know what it is you want to do with your life more than anything. And please, don’t give me the good ole cliche response. Let’s hear your heart. And the follow up… Are you doing it? If “yes.” Tell…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

The Leisurely Stroll

Tonight in our round table discussion group we discussed living a life that is ironic.  We have detached ourselves from our beliefs in a way that puts just enough distance between us and what we find in scripture or even what we feel like God is urging us to do, that we can not do…

Sit Back

There are times in life when you simply need to sit back and allow all of it to settle.  That is what I am doing today – allowing it all to rest in order that  I may begin to process and sift. I do this best with music playing soft in the background, so here…

One Thing

Today I simply want to encourage you to remove one thing in your life that keeps you from building meaningful relationships. Nothing more, nothing less. Just change one piece. Today, may you have the courage to change. May you let go. May the things you seek matter. Our hearts must be present in the here…