Luke, a middle-aged physician hired by a wealthy Roman to document the story of Jesus, sat down on a bench next to an aging Jewish woman somewhere in the Roman province of Judea. Luke’s task was to put together the story– in order– the story of Jesus and his followers. People in Rome were talking…… Continue reading “What happened next, Mary”
Sometimes Jesus’ words shock me because they are so offensive to my own culture. Jesus has a lot to say to us today. His words still indict and call us to a new, counter-cultural way of living. These statements are a powerful reminder that Jesus, fully God and fully man, could have easily conquered the world.…… Continue reading Jesus, the Counter-Culture Rebel with a Cause
Two men had robbed a bank a few miles away and while being chased by the police made a wrong turn into our neighborhood. Full of canyons and dead ends the robbers got lost, ditched their car, shot at a cop, and ran into backyards a few hundred yards from our house. Soon a police…… Continue reading The Rule of Affinity
Yesterday, Kristen and I went to the Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit. It’s an event I’ve always loved… I’ve gone 3-4 times in the past decade and the years that I couldn’t make it I always wanted to. Looking back, it’s an event where I always learn a lot. I’m probably a lot like you.…… Continue reading 3 Things I’m Wondering About What Church Leaders Believe
Pretty weird mix of metaphors if you ask me.
I’m an idea guy. And one thing I’ve learned over the years is that every one of my ideas has value. That doesn’t mean every idea is a good idea. It just means that every idea is worth writing down and coming back to later. Several months ago I had this thought, “Wouldn’t it be…… Continue reading Children’s Book Idea: The Martyrs of Jesus
Theologically, we all know that you can’t experience the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus without community. Jesus invites us not to merely partake in communion but to live in communion with one another. (A throwback to the Garden of Eden) Sociologically, we live in society built around the individual. We live in single family…… Continue reading The Community – Individual Continuum
Preamble: Understand in reading this post that I’m a swing voter and my #1 criteria for voting is, “Can this person lead in the role they are running for?” Side issues mean almost nothing to me in light of that one framing question. I cringe when I hear evangelical Christians being grouped together as a…… Continue reading The weird side of Christians and politics
About 10 months ago a group of people sat on Chris’ back porch talking about starting a youth ministry for our church, Harbor Mid-City. As we chatted, dreamt, and prayed about this ministry one of the things that came out was… “We want it to be a safe place for students to explore a relationship…… Continue reading Is this a safe place?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ro2dl9mmn9I Praying with Michelle was about the most gut wrenching thing of my life. Please listen to her story and ask yourself… How is God asking me to be involved?