If You Meet God On the Road, Kill Him

I was talking to a woman at Church on Sunday who has been through more than her share of hard times. She wears her life in the lines on her face and along the scars and blemishes on her fragile hands. Through it all, she’s held on to her faith in God. But the relationship [Read More...]

Would You Change?

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We play a lot of “secular” songs in our worship services ta Milagro. I use this term without entirely knowing what it means, namely because I’ve never met the mysterious panel of judges who apparently determines which songs are secular and which are sacred, likely in the dark basement of some old church in central [Read More...]

Trolls, Avatars and the Convertible Effect

I remember when I first learned about the atrocities of the Holocaust in school. I could not imagine the type of person who could do such things to another person. I remember one particular story about an SS Soldier who would return home after a day of putting Jews in the ovens, kiss his children [Read More...]

Eddie Izzard on Biblical Literalism (Explicit)

I’ve long been a big fan of comedian Eddie Izzard. In this video he has some fun with a couple of the more well-known stories of the Bible like the creation of the universe and Noah’s Ark. He uses humor to show the difficulty of maintaining a belief in Biblical literalism. A good reminder not [Read More...]

Rob Bell Leaves Mars Hill: Bad Idea?

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When Rob Bell, a bestselling author and pastor of one of the most prominent churches in the country, decides to leave the pulpit, it’s big news. Bell’s most recent book, “Love Wins,” has sold hundreds of thousands of copies, and the suggestion in its pages that God’s salvation is universal hasn’t gone over well with [Read More...]

To medicate or not to medicate?

My seven-year-old son, Mattias is amazing. I know, everyone thinks their kid is special, but Mattias baffles most adults he meets. He’s been going through a lot of tests over the last nine months because of some behavioral and emotional challenges he deals with, and there really is no consensus about his issues. Most experts [Read More...]

Grace in the Face of Violence

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Two recent stories struck an emotional chord with me that I’m still trying to sort out. First involved the execution of Troy Davis in Georgia, where he was accused of killing a police officer. Second had to do with the arrest of several Amish men for refusing to comply with local traffic safety laws in [Read More...]

Doing a new thing

Okay, so I copped a bit of scripture from Isaiah for the blog title. But it kind of fits. Although my blog is the same content-wise, it’s now hosted, as of today, on Patheos. I’ve been working with Deborah Arca, the Progressive Christian editor at Patheos, for a couple of week on the move, and [Read More...]


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