Mystical and Missional: A Spirit-Inspired Pentecost

A recent Pew Center Report notes that 50 percent of mainstream Protestants claim to have had mystical or self-transcendent experiences. [Read more…]

Going Up? Reflections on Ascension Sunday

The idea that Jesus ascended to a God “up there” is just as strange as Harold Camping’s image of corpses flying up to the sky along with today’s believers. Some Christians still live in a three-story universe—heaven above, earth between, hell below—but few people believe, as one pastor stated, that if you get into a space ship and fly far enough, you’ll find a place called “heaven.”

So what are we to make of Jesus’ Ascension? Of course, it’s not out of the question that Jesus defied gravity, but is that the real point? Is the Ascension about gravity or spirituality, geography or vocation? [Read more…]

A Post-Apocalypse Party: Or What To Do Now That the Rapture has been Postponed

What are we going to do today, and in the future, now that we have a future, at least for awhile? You might say a new world dawns with each new day! And each new day can be an epiphany, a day of rapture and delight. [Read more…]