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…

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.

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…