How you can “Be the Church you wish to see in the world” today: Hobby Lobby employees, and the employees… Read more Be the church you wish to see in the world – Hobby Lobby/SCOTUS Edition
I have many interpersonal conversations these days with my justice-seeking cohorts debating whether or not they should stay or go… Read more Should I stay or should I go? [cue the guitar riff]
Christianity needs to sing a new song… I spent the better part of the morning yesterday watching the live broadcast… Read more Sing a new song…
Christians are largely the reason why most people say “X-mas” (/ˈɛksməs/) instead of Christmas… at least that is the primary… Read more When Xtians (pronounced Christians) rewrite history it has consequences…
How do we reclaim the community, relationship, and person-hood of “issues”? I know one thing… we don’t need politicians to “figure it out” for us.
Is our Christian beliefs in america so intertwined with our patriotism that we can’t see them separated without our belief systems breaking down?
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…
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!
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.
Christians in churches often ask me, “why do you have all of those piercings?” Often their question smacks of a bit of shock and disgust along with curiosity.
Almost always my reply is, “This is not for you, but please consider those that it might be for. God loves all different kinds of people.”