Part 2 – “who put YOU in Charge?”

Here are points 3-5 in answering yesterday’s question, “Who put YOU in charge?” 3. There is no other national voice doing or saying what I am. This is not to say that there are not other people around the country talking about this topic! I am not being cocky with this statement. There are plenty [Read More…]

Part 1 – “who put YOU in charge?”

In light of the last few posts and the string of passionate comments in those posts, I want to talk about a question I get asked a lot: “Who put YOU in charge?” Sometimes I get that in a completely sarcastic tone, sometimes an angry tone, sometimes it’s just a genuine query. I’ve never really [Read More…]

Aug 25: My One Sentence Bible

What is my One Sentence Bible? 8-25-09: A level playing field does not always tip in your favor; nor does it start there. Proverbs 11:1 Pride is disgraceful. Wealth is worthless at the day of wrath. Only humility will keep us on the right path to God. Proverbs 11:2-4 The wicked will eventually bring themselves [Read More…]

Aug 24: My One Sentence Bible

What is My One Sentence Bible? 8-24-09: Freeness is sprinting away from the things that tear you from God’s ways. Proverbs 6:3-5 “Six things the Lords hates; seven that are detestable to Him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into [Read More…]

Aug 22: My One Sentence Bible

What is My One Sentence Bible? 8-22-09: Fools hate to be disciplined. Those with wisdom learn through it. Proverbs 1:7 GOD rebukes not out of hate, but of a yearning to reveal his will more clearly. If only we could listen instead of recoil. Proverbs 1:23 In the fear of the Lord lays the knowledge of [Read More…]

Another Denomination and Gay Ordination

In the wake of renown evangelical theologian John Piper’s haughty rant about a tornado being God’s judgement on the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America’s (ELCA) pending vote to ordinate gay clergy, an hour ago the ELCA voted to officially affirm partnered gay ministers. This makes the third denomination to do so, following the Episcopal Church and the United [Read More…]

Aug 21: My One Sentence Bible

What is my One Sentence Bible? 8-21-09:  If God is our example, why does our love not endure forever? We give up on God, and love, too soon. Psalm 136:1-26 When you die, your plans mean nothing. Men can’t save your vision. Psalm 146:3-4 God numbers and remembers each of the stars by name. I [Read More…]

Live Chat is Live Tomorrow

The Live Chat will be up and running tomorrow, Friday August 21, from 3-5pm Central Standard Time. In order to participate (it’s for free), do the following: -Click on the ‘Live Chat’ button on the top of the page -Type your question into the chat box at the bottom of the page (but make sure [Read More…]

Aug 20: My One Sentence Bible

What is My One Sentence Bible? 8-20-09: Christians, you think it’s bad now? How much worse a life with God removed? Psalm 124:1-8 No matter what the accomplishments, if the Lord isn’t over them, they’re done in vain. Psalm 127:1-2 “Count your blessings.” Not as potent as “Count your sins.” Yet God’s grace abounds. Psalm [Read More…]

Part 2 – The Barna Group’s Research Study on GLBT Spirituality

Yesterday I gave my responses to a media outlet’s questions (four of eight). Today, I’ll give my response to the other half of their questions. It’s been a great on-going conversation for the first responses that I look forward to continuing, so let me know what you think about these as well: Q5. Do you believe a [Read More…]

Part 1 – The Barna Group’s Research on GLBT Spirituality

The Barna Group recently put out a research study regarding the “Spiritual Profile” of the GLBT community. Since its release I have been asked quite a few questions (by media and by general audiences) about my thoughts regarding their study. Until now I haven’t made any statements because I think this study does not provide anything close [Read More…]

Aug 18: My One Sentence Bible

What is ‘My One Sentence Bible’? 8-18-09: Hope is a shield that provides space to faithfully continue walking forward. Psalm 119:114 Be about peace and love, even if you are the only one standing up to do so. Psalm 120:6-7 Much love. [Read more…]

Video of my Sermon from Newsong Church in Irvine, CA

Joose – August 16, 2009 from Newsong Church on Vimeo. Here is my sermon (called: Aligning Our Expectations) from yesterday at Newsong Church, where Dave Gibbons (who just spoke at the infamous Willow Creek Leadership Summit) is the senior pastor. This was such a humbling experience. [Especially since I am secretly obsessed with Dave and [Read More…]

Aug 17: My One Sentence Bible

What is ‘My One Sentence Bible’? Here’s a summary. 8-17-09:  The Lord is our reward – not success, notoriety or anything deemed worthy by this world. Focus on our success, and that is God. Psalm 119:57 Much love. [Read more…]