Archives for January 2011

Regardless of Your Orientation, Seek Holiness

The following post was written by Nathan Albert, Director of Pastoral Care at The Marin Foundation for the Sex and the Soul Blogathon that is currently underway. Head on over to their website to check out the posts for the first three days. I do not think that “Gay Christian” is an oxymoron.  I do, [Read More…]

Get Out of the Four Walls of Your Church

The following post was written by Kevin Harris, Director of Community Relations at The Marin Foundation. Over the years I have become increasingly convinced that serving alongside individuals that are different than you is necessary for reconciliation to come about. A couple years after finishing college, I signed up with AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps [Read More…]

The Road to Emmaus Ministries

The following post was written by Nathan Albert, Director of Pastoral Care at The Marin Foundation, after individuals from The Marin Foundation team visited Emmaus Ministries to learn more about the work they are engaging in Chicago. I was recently introduced to a great organization in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago. It is called Emmaus [Read More…]

Top Read Posts of 2010

Here are the top 12 most read posts of 2010 from this blog. I guess everyone loves the drama! 6 of the top 8 posts are all related to me responding to some intense critics. This is a great lesson for me, because if I didn’t know it before, people actually do pay attention to how I respond. [Read More…]

Jan 7: My One Sentence Bible

What is My One Sentence Bible? 1-7-10: Jesus came to subvert the religious institution of his day. Yet he continued to dignify the rules of those oppressing him. Luke 5:12-14 We can do no good apart from the presence of the Lord. Luke 5:17b Sometimes the faith of others has to carry us to the [Read More…]

My Personal Vision for the New Year

You can call it a ‘resolution’ or you can call it a ‘goal’ or a ‘vision,’ but after reflecting for the last week I have come to a comfortable place with solidifying mine. It is based off of Luke 6:46, in which Jesus is speaking to his disciples and a large number of people from all over [Read More…]

Jan 6: My One Sentence Bible

What is My One Sentence Bible? 1-6-10: Jesus started his work alone. His helpers, the disciples, came after Jesus’ ministry was already established. Luke Chs 4-5 Seeing righteousness in real life exposes our own inequities; leaving us no where to hide. Luke 5:6-8 Have you ever experienced something so profound and miraculous that you dropped [Read More…]


Yesterday I had the opportunity to film two TV shows on Tony Campolo’s new forthcoming show, Red Letter Christians, to air on TBN (co-host is Mark Lowry). As soon as I find out the dates which those programs will air, I will post them here. Here are a couple pictures. And The Marin Foundation is really [Read More…]

Jan 5: My One Sentence Bible

What is My One Sentence Bible? 1-5-10: No matter what the reception, who you are and what you speak in your own neighborhood defines the rest of your work elsewhere. Luke 4:16-30 Leaders are defined not by a title but by their ability to transcend culture. There’s a difference between teaching with authority and blowing [Read More…]

Top 20 Books I Read in 2010

In 2010 I fully completed reading 41 books, totalling 10,575 pages. Those are both personal records! Below are the Top 20 books I read this past year. My only qualification for this list is that I had to complete the entire book somewhere between January 1 and December 31, 2010. The book didn’t have to be published in 2010, [Read More…]

Jan 3: My One Sentence Bible

What is My One Sentence Bible? 1-3-11: As much as John the Baptist preached a gospel of repentance preparing the way for Jesus, he also preached one of cultural justice. Luke 3:10-14 The devil tests us when opportunities arise in the devil’s favor. Luke 4:13 Without the power of the Spirit of God it’s impossible to [Read More…]