I’ve been out of professional, full-time ministry for 3 years now and I don’t think I’ve seen one person cry, or allow themselves to feel a sense of sadness, depression, or grief in my presence…..once. Continue reading “America, I’m worried about your emotional health.”
Ever found yourself in a discussion by which you appeal to love as your ultimate answer….and it falls flat on it’s face?
It’s kind of a sinking, agonizing feeling. The idea of taking a concept, such as love, and presenting it in a way which should tear down walls and rebuild infrastructure in any rational conversation, yet only capsizes upon departure. Continue reading “….just that, that’s it. LOVE.”
This morning, while driving down a remote stretch of highway 30, on my way to work, under the Fremont Bridge, I had an experience.
I wept and wept, both in my car as well as into the late hours of the day, while sitting at my desk. Continue reading “THE TRANSITION FROM SINGULARITY TO ONENESS….in the blink of a traffic light.”
Yup, it’s a big FUCK YOU front and center….really, there’s no other way of putting it.
….And the entire power structure gnashes their teeth and yells, “CRUCIFY THEM!”
And, of course, this is the point…. Continue reading “THE UNMITIGATED POWER (and beauty) OF DISSENT.”
Civil dispute among “tribal members” is nothing new to Christianity. Most likely, it all began (and is personified in) the person of Judas Iscariot. One man, so close to the savior, having spent time and resources in order to become a disciple of Christ, only to betray Him with a kiss.
It happened twice. Oddly enough, both times during a vacation in Europe. Continue reading “TALES OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT……from a guy.”
To be clear, this is a critique of the Nashville Statement through a series of questions. Hard questions. Questions which need answering BEFORE the articles of the Nashville Statement are found to be true. Questions which reflect a deeper desire to understand what God and scripture really have to say about human sexuality, not just assume t Continue reading “Does the NASHVILLE STATEMENT presume too much?”
It was always the running joke…
Someone might ask me my major in college, or the degrees I have, or where and what I’ve studied, and I’d always answer with, “I majored in art and minored in philosophy…(dramatic pause)….. I guess I really thought that through, huh?” To which I’d smirk and they’d chuckle and we’d both have a good hearty laugh over my foolhardy past.
And, for the longest time, I believed it. It was a joke, but it was MY joke. The laugh was on me, I had only to embrace it. Continue reading “Why that useless philosophy degree turned out to not be so useless after all…”
Meaninglessness. It’s a cardinal sin, and a personal demerit, right next to it’s close cousins despair and depression….
As an American Christian, I was brought up under the idea that THERE IS NOTHING MEANINGLESS in the faith. In other words, any which way you slice your Christian beliefs, there should be nothing left over, and all can and SHOULD be used for some divine reason or purpose. Continue reading “THE MEANING OF MEANINGLESSNESS.”