Who Would Jesus Bomb: Is Violence Ever a Means to Effective Justice?

Who Would Jesus Bomb?I’m rarely on Facebook these days, but, recently, I hopped on and did something I rarely if ever do (on my personal feed): I engaged. Irked by a random post, I reacted, I engaged, and then, I reposted. Honestly, it wasn’t anything bad, and, it felt like a healthy engagement. In short, I reacted to a post from a guy I went to high school with; he was feeling joy over the inflicted violence towards a very vocal white supremacist.Know this: I'm just as enraged by … [Read more...]

Unpacking Trump’s Muslim Ban: Fact or Fiction?

With all the fake news, supposed conspiracy theories, and "alternative facts," it’s tough to determine what's fact and what's fiction. By now you all probably know, and are well aware of Trump’s “#MuslimBan.” Twitter lit up, Uber temporarily shut down, Lyft showed themselves as opportunist, and protestors came out in droves taking over airports. And, for many, the two questions still remain:Was this actually a ban on muslims?  Did Obama Select These Seven Countries?Well, let’s revie … [Read more...]

“A White Supremacist vs. An Anti-American Terrorist”

Okay, so, lets talk a little bit about Wednesday’s discussion between Trevor Noah and Tomi Lahren over on the Daily Show. Noah, a South African comedian who replaced Jon Stewart as the host of "The Daily Show" and Tomi Lahren who’s a conservative commentator who writes for The Blaze. It feels like Comedy Central (CC) et al. pit Tomi as this stereotypical "blonde, white, privileged bigot." And, maybe she is just that, but, in the first few minutes of the (longer) interview it didn't quite seem th … [Read more...]

The Election is Over: Here’s The Single Trait Both Trump and Hillary Voters have in Common

Honestly, I’m still trying to figure out how or why all of this happened; I’m still in that “denial” stage of grief, and am officially unsure of everything. I mean, literally, my brain can’t process this shit. I’m left wondering what billionaire or corporation Hillary might’ve upset; how the DNC could’ve mishandled the primaries; if Bernie would’ve been the better opponent; shit, is the Illuminati real (jokes)? But, like you never know, maybe Elon Musk is right, and we actually are living in a co … [Read more...]

Reform it’s Here: What this Means Exactly

It's weird, but, as much resentment towards the Church as I've held onto I still listen to worship music. Like, a lot. I will admit that there's not too much like corporate worship; I can't tell you how much I miss singing in unison, the rush of raising one's hands in worship and praise, knowing that everyone in that building is striving and struggling along the same mission (even though, sometimes they're not, lol - but that's another post for another time).A few months ago, I was playing … [Read more...]

Identity: Who You Are Is Not Defined By What They Say

I don't know about you, but, I struggle with insecurity. Like, crippling amounts of deeply embedded insecurity. My insecurity, it's this false belief in that I'm one of the very few that which struggles with feelings of embarrassment, insecurity, loneliness, and/or any other self-destructive behavior there is; all while oscillating in and out of various sets of emotions.I think they call this, "The Human Condition." What makes this so incredibly confusing is my simultaneous desire of want … [Read more...]

What the Truman Show Says About Inner Religious Freedom

In the movie The Truman Show, the director of Truman's show, is asked "Why do you think that Truman has never come close to discovering the true nature of his world until now?" Christof responds by saying, "[It's because] we accept the reality of the world with which we’re presented. It's that simple.” In short, Truman, he's settled. If you're familiar with this movie, you know it's basic premise is built around a man (Truman) who was adopted by a corporation, placed into an artificial world, a … [Read more...]

On Lynching Colin Kaepernick

I'm having the hardest time fully understanding why our nation is so incredibly outraged over Colin Kaepernick's decision to not stand during the national anthem. Empty, yet so incredibly fueled, accusations of unpatriotic treason are being hurled at Kaepernick with the intensity of which I feel would be better suited if geared towards our enemies as opposed to each other... ya know?Either way, in attempt to make sense of it, three quick things: 1) I don't think it's really as big of a deal … [Read more...]

When You’re Failing at Life #Adulting

I've been pissed at myself as of late. You see, I'm a grown ass man, and I can’t seem to will myself into waking up when I so choose. For the past several months I’ve been trying to work myself towards getting up and out of bed at 5:00am. I mean, I’ve done it - woken at 5:00am; I just have yet to do it on a consistent basis. Doing this isn't a small change, it's a complete overhaul in one's lifestyle.And, lets be honest, it’s not just waking up when I so choose that I struggle with; it’s eati … [Read more...]

From Cathedrals to Movie Theaters: Past and Present Trends Impact on the Future of the Western Church

A little over 500 years ago we had Martin Luther, John Calvin, and Philip Melanchthon leading the reformation; fast forward, a bit, we see Billy Graham evangelizing to the masses in tent revivals; and soon thereafter there was, and still is, the progressive movement composed of evangelical leaders such as Tony Campolo, Brian McLaren, Jim Wallis, et al.; last but not least, we’ve seen our evangelical-esque, semi-bi-partisan, seeker sensitive model of church lead by guys such as Rick Warren, Andy S … [Read more...]