THE BIBLE: Approaching American Evangelicalism’s golden calf.

Growing up, every year during the summer, my parents sent me to the middle of farmland Ohio for a week long “Bible” camp.  It was hosted by our denomination (Protestant/”Brethren”…..but our church looked just the same as any other inter-denominational church at the time), and involved the average amount of any church-camp activities:  capture the flag, fireside chats, swimming in the camp lake, girls, soda, sing-a-longs, girls, girls again, and twice a day, a Bible study. Continue reading “THE BIBLE: Approaching American Evangelicalism’s golden calf.”

AVOIDING THE “GREATER THAN, LESS THAN” WAY OF SEEING THINGS.

“Judge not, lest ye be judged.”

It’s more than a snap judgement, or knee-jerk reaction to an approaching panhandler.  Seeing others in a “greater-than/less-than” way is a system of entrenched thought by which we sort out the relationships around us.  It’s a fixed lens by which we see (and posture) ourselves above (and/or below) our fellow human beings, often, seeking to see ourselves as “on top” or Continue reading “AVOIDING THE “GREATER THAN, LESS THAN” WAY OF SEEING THINGS.”

WHY EVIL ALWAYS LOSES

You’ve seen it in the movies, or read it in a book.  It might be called a happy ending, but really, it’s more than that.

It’s the Death Star exploding while the Rebels speed away.  It’s Joker hanging upside down, handcuffed and fettered.  It’s Indiana Jones finally getting a good punch in on a Nazi.  It’s the final scenes, where Andy finds his freedom and the Continue reading “WHY EVIL ALWAYS LOSES”

2016….WHAT WE LOST IN THE FIRE.

As I’ve stepped back and pondered everything that’s happened over the past year, I’ve wondered, what was really at stake in the ballot box this election?

I suppose I had never really thought of it before, but it seems that much of this election season was about the elements of TRUTH vs. LOVE. This seems to be where the problem lies, and the problem we will wrestle with for the next four years….whether Democrat, Republican, or everything in between.

While I believe this election was very complicated and I’m not trying to trivialize it in any certain way, I DO believe there are a few simple answers in all this, and some introspection needed by all of us. Simply put, both candidates, in their own way, were the incarnate personifications of this thing called Truth and this thing called Love. They played a role, almost poetically, on a stage, and Continue reading “2016….WHAT WE LOST IN THE FIRE.”

BLIND LOVE

I’d like to share an interesting experience I recently had.

The other day at church, I found myself sitting across from, and visiting with, a blind couple who were recently married. They kept being affectionate with each other, putting their arms around one another and whispering in each other’s ear. They would both occasionally laugh, chide each other, hold hands, Continue reading “BLIND LOVE”

THE MOMENT I WENT FROM PASTOR TO RACIST BIGOT

It was the summer of 2008. Judging by the rest of the news that year, most of us had it pretty hard.

My wife and I had just moved to Portland, Oregon from Montana, where we were serving as college campus pastors.

We had been feeling “the itch” to step out of ministry, and it seemed the divine doors were opening and stars were aligning, as an acquaintance of mine, who Continue reading “THE MOMENT I WENT FROM PASTOR TO RACIST BIGOT”