Archives for October 2009

Off to Cincy (again)

This morning I’m heading to Cincinnati for the second of three National Youth Workers Conventions by Youth Specialties. This means I will have been in Cincy 10 out of the last 15 days (because of the recent 7 day trip for the Christian Community Development Association) … but none the less I am really excited to be there [Read More…]

Ugandan Anti-Homosexual Bill

For the past few weeks I have been greatly disturbed by what has been happening in Uganda regarding the treatment of gays and lesbians through new legislation called the Anti-Homosexual Bill. I was first made aware of the situation by a good friend of mine who I went to Moody Theological Seminary with, who now [Read More…]

Oct 30: My One Sentence Bible

What is My One Sentence Bible? 10-30-09:  Not every way the Lord has planned is the easy, or ego boosting way. Jeremiah 37-38 Even a direct word from the Lord won’t influence those who are convinced in themselves. Jeremiah 44:15-28 Much love. [Read more…]

Live Chat and Living in the Tension Today

Today is going to be a double-dip in bridge building fun! From 3-5pm CST I will be doing my weekly Live Chat. For instructions on how to participate, click here. Then from 7-9pm CST, The Marin Foundation’s Living in the Tension gathering will be sponsored tonight by North Park University, in honor of their on-going Unity Week. The gathering [Read More…]

Oct 29: My One Sentence Bible

What is My One Sentence Bible? 10-29-09: Knowing Jesus is knowing the God of forever-past and forever-more in a personal way. Jeremiah 31:33-34 Statement: “I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?” Rebuttal: Nope. Jeremiah 32:26-27 True community is a singleness of heart that is passionately pursing God [Read More…]

Pastor, Stop Using Your Family

Pastors need to stop using sermon illustrations solely focused on their family. This is not prompted just because of GLBT people, but also folks who are single (who many times are also looked at as second class citizens in the church), as well as those who don’t have a family, or weren’t raised in a [Read More…]

Part 4: New Way of Activism

Here is Part 1. Here is Part 2. Here is Part 3 (which provides a great overview of the whole discussion to this point) In one of the recent string of comments in this New Activism series, Jon, brings up a great point in reference to why people protest: “Why wouldn’t there be protestors?” It’s [Read More…]

Oct 27: My One Sentence Bible

What is My One Sentence Bible? I just want to put out a thought for the day: As easy as it sounds, the more I live in life’s intricacies the more I take solace in God’s peace and comfort through the Word and prayer. I clearly recognize that I need to be drenched in the [Read More…]

I Don’t Trust Christianity Today

Let me make two things very clear before I expound on why I wholeheartedly believe the title to this post is absolute truth: 1. I love Leadership Journal and Out of UR, who are both owned by Christianity Today. It amazes me how the right hand doesn’t know what it’s doing from the left hand, [Read More…]

Part 3: New Way of Activism

Here is Part 1 Here is Part 2 Here is a quick summary of the discussion thus far: My thesis is that traditional forms of activism don’t actually work in changing policy and it ends up causing more harm than good—whether marches, protests, split-screen debates, etc. Though even after explaining why I believe such a [Read More…]

The 5 Big Questions

I am sorry for the five day layoff from posting any blogs. Time goes quick – but my head needed clearing from my emotional last week before I could possibly write anything else. I’m back now, and looking forward to continuing our time together. On top of everything that has been going on recently, I left [Read More…]

Very Happy and yet Very Sad

I will be resuming the previous discussion about Activism tomorrow, as I apologize for the brief departure over the last few days. It has been a very rough week for me personally as life and death, excitement and pain, have all closely hovered around my daily existence. Two family members had unexpected surgery this past [Read More…]

Part 2: New Way of Activism

I have put off posting my new paradigm of activism for one more day because 100% of the people that either commented on yesterday’s post or emailed me about it disagreed with what I had to say (my wife and my dad both included in that group). A 100% disagreement has never happened—not that it’s [Read More…]

Oct 14: My One Sentence Bible

What is My One Sentence Bible? 10-14-09: Religious leaders who live a lie are no different to God than those He swept away in Sodom and Gomorrah. Jeremiah 23:14 Running away from God doesn’t mean you’re hiding from Him. Jeremiah 23:23-24 Talk all the trash you want. Make up whatever you see necessary. It means [Read More…]