Haiti relief… and Pat Robertson

Earlier this week I was seeing and reading the first reports of the earthquake in Haiti and at almost the same time confronted with video of Christian “leaders” (quotes indicate sarcasm) like Pat Robertson painting those same earthquake victims as God-less scum. Suffice to say, I found it hard to contain myself, and didn’t…

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Struggling with criticism…

I recently read this blog post by author Brian Mclaren and it helped me a lot. I find that when in ministry you become an easy target for people to fire at… and despite repeated mantras of “It’s almost never about you,” or “Don’t take it personally,” it is still an ongoing struggle to absorb that kind of “surprisingly vicious, factually irresponsible, and admirably persistent” criticism (quote per Brian’s post). Hope this helps you as much as it did me!

A thought as we celebrate Thanksgiving, begin Advent…

Maybe your passion is with the people of Africa, or possibly somewhere else… China, Guatemala, or the streets of Washington D.C., Detroit, or your own city… but wherever your heart is, remember those people first as we progress through this holiday season. Seek to set aside the cultural drive to spend inordinate amounts of money and time on “great deals” and “black friday doorbusters.” Rather, allow God to expand your worldview… use you to express love to the least… give hope to the hopeless… pray WITH those who are in need.

A good blog to read…

I just wanted to draw attention to the blog of a good pastor friend of mine… Charlie Farnum regularly gives his thoughts as he explores the lectionary in a way that relates well to contemporary thinkers and believers. His blog is a great tool to those who want to explore marking time through the Christian year… exploring a deeper spirituality both in study and action. Check it out today! I just wanted to draw attention to the blog of a good pastor friend of mine… Charlie Farnum regularly gives his thoughts as he explores the lectionary in a way that relates well to contemporary thinkers and believers. His blog is a great tool to those who want to explore marking time through the Christian year… exploring a deeper spirituality both in study and action. Check it out today! http://lectionary-cdf.blogspot.com/

Eight pointed star…

I recently had a church member ask me if the ear plugs (3/4″ for you piercing aficionados) that I wear were pentagrams… as they are a star inside a circle. I found this an interesting question, as it is loaded with implication… mostly down the road that pentagrams, or five pointed stars, are the representation of evil.

Let’s unpack that very briefly…

An article for my worship leader friends…

Just because someone plays electric guitar with intensity does not mean that they want to be a famous rock star. True Christian relationships mean that you have an intimate community… and only in that kind of close-knit love can you offer genuine criticisms that edify instead of tear-down. Worship leaders are just people on a journey like anyone else.

Cash for clunkers = more cash for the rich

The CARS program is only for those with a solid middle class or higher income. These are the people who can typically afford to purchase vehicles on an as-needed (but maybe not “as-wanted” basis). Why do we need to subsidize those who already have the means to function comfortably? Oh yeah… because we need to create a false market to boost business for an otherwise failing industry… with tax dollars…