Anwar Al-Awlaki: Eye For an Eye, Or a Third Way?

(Originally published in the Huffington Post) I’ve been reflecting on the recent killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, an Al Qaida leader operating from Yemen, by American forces. A friend asked me if the fact that al-Awlaki was American-born had any impact on how I felt about his death. Those who have followed the story likely realize [Read More...]

From Prosperity Gospel to Disparity Gospel?

I’m not going to spend too much time or energy expressing my disdain for Prosperity Gospel, the kind of ministry by the likes of Joel Osteen that preaches about how Jesus wants you to be rich. Actually, it’s more about drawing a correlation between your material success and your faithfulness, but whatever you call it, [Read More...]

Sex is Dirty; Save It for Marriage

Three generations of women in my family left the house this morning for a women’s tea at church. My wife, Amy, and a few other women started this monthly tradition a while back at Milagro (the congregation we founded in our house seven years ago) when we realized we had a number of young girls [Read More...]

Fatherhood in my forties: WTF?

I’m officially over and done with my thirties. I’m also “surgically sure” I’m done having kids. But with a second-grader and a two-year-old in the house, I’m far from an emancipated empty-nester. By the time my mom was forty, I was driving. Yet here I am, wiping butts and noses. My hope is that I’ll [Read More...]

Living Into a New Story

My wife, Amy, and I just got back from a quick trip to Las Vegas for my 40th birthday. I jumped off a 109-story building, we did the zip line down Freemont Street, watched a couple of shows, ate too much food…is was fantastic. Trips to Vegas these days are different for us than they [Read More...]

If your friend jumped off a building…

As I wrote about earlier, I’m working through a few issues around turning forty. So in true midlife crisis fashion, I jumped 855 feet off a 109 story building. My friend, Steve, talked me into jumping off the Stratosphere in Vegas with him. So I guess we now know the answer to the age old [Read More...]

Considering the options, I’ll take suffering

I write this knowing well that someone older than I am likely will post some snarky comment about how I know nothing about aging. But it’s on my mind and this is my blog…so there. I turn forty this week. For the most part, I think it’s great. I love my life, my family, and [Read More...]

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...]


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