Archives for December 2012

Top 12 Posts of 2012

Here are the Top 12 posts from my blog in 2012 (most of which first appeared on my previous blog, which is why when you click on their links on this new blog it looks like no one had read them). I am counting only posts written in 2012, even though some of my pre-2012 posts [Read More…]

Dec 31: My One Sentence Bible

What is My One Sentence Bible? The point of a Church should not be to bring faith to Christians, it’s to bring it to those who aren’t. [Luke 15:3-7] You don’t have to search very hard to find Christians in a church. If you’re excited because there are a lot of Christians in a church, [Read More…]

One More Day to Donate to The Marin Foundation in 2012

We had an unbelievable 2012. You can click here to see our End of the Year Newsletter. Here are some of the exciting developments amassed throughout the past year: Over 3,000 people attended our Living in the Tension Gatherings We were invited to teach 123 times in 59 locations throughout the US, UK and Eurpoe to [Read More…]

Dec 30: My One Sentence Bible

What is My One Sentence Bible? “One cannot be a disciple of Jesus and sacrifice nothing.” [Luke 14:25-33] “Everyone hears, but only some actually make a choice to listen.” [Luke 14:34-35] “Religious gatekeepers talk a good game about love, yet continually accuse those who live it out.” [Luke 15:1-2] Much love. [Read more…]

Top 12 Movies of 2012

I love to go to the movies with my wife Brenda. I watched about 30 this past year. Here is my list of the Top 12 Movies of 2012. As an added bonus, also listed the 4 Worst Movies of 2012. What was your Best and Worst movie of 2012? [Read more…]

Dec 29: My One Sentence Bible

What is My One Sentence Bible? Christians need to stop trying to assert their place of cultural “dominance.” It’s not ours to dictate; let others give us the place that we earn. [Luke 14:5-11] Too seek power is to seek a limited time of prestige. To seek humility is to seek eternal righteousness. [Luke 14:12-14] [Read More…]

My 10 Top Tweets of 2012 (by RT)

I was just reading some of my favorite blogs and came across a fun post by Tony Jones on his top tweets of 2012, determined by how many times said tweets were retweeted. That got me thinking, what were my most retweeted tweets of the past year? So thanks to Tony’s idea, here are my [Read More…]

Dec 28: My One Sentence Bible

What is My One Sentence Bible? If you think because you’re in the vicinity of hard work that you can lay claim to the rewards, you’re in for a rude awakening. [Luke 13:25-28] God’s justice: Elevating the weak and judging the powerful. [Luke 13:29-35] When living in The Way, everyone will watch closely. Do your [Read More…]

Would Jesus Fight a Legal Battle Against Same-Sex Marriage?

This post was part of a series on Tim Dalrymple’s blog Philosophical Fragments, answering the question, Is It Time for Evangelicals to Stop Opposing Gay Marriage? My response focuses on the question Would Jesus Fight a legal Battle Against Same-Sex Marriage? [Read more…]

Dec 27: My One Sentence Bible

What is My One Sentence Bible? Living with Authority gives strength to those joined with you. [Luke 13:17] Only a small amount of faithfulness establishes the Kingdom for all to inhabit. [Luke 13:18-21] Being “saved” is much more than praying a prayer; it’s about living a faith actually worth living. [Luke 13:22-24] Much love. [Read more…]

Dec 26: My One Sentence Bible

I hope you had a very Merry Christmas! What is My One Sentence Bible? Mercy never inhabits wasted space. [Luke 13:6-9] A major work of Jesus was to heal religious gatekeepers from their obsession with their stifling institution. [Luke 13:10-16] Much love. [Read more…]

Who was St. Nicholas in Real Life?

Merry Christmas! If you have ever wondered who St. Nicholas actually was in real life, you have got to read this!!! The post was written by theologian Peter Enns, who happens to not only blog here at Patheos but is also a professor of the Old and New Testaments at my graduate school alma mater, Eastern [Read More…]

Dec 24: My One Sentence Bible

What is My One Sentence Bible? Knowing culture is not about predicting it, it’s about knowing it through incarnational experiences. [Luke 12:54-56] The path towards forgiveness must reveal every affected part, and that is never the easy route. [Luke 12:57-59] No matter what one deems a sin, Jesus believes there are none greater than any [Read More…]

Love Is an Orientation is Featured on Barnes & Noble’s Homepage

I just found out that my book, Love Is an Orientation, has been featured on Barnes & Noble’s homepage since December 19th. It is now featured on their Religion/Spirituality homepage through January 1 thanks to bestselling author of The Shack, Wm. Paul Young. [Read more…]