Faithful Christianity Means a Walking Hypocrite?

This morning my good friend Adam McLane posted these profoundly truthful words on feeling like a hypocrite. When I read it I quickly remembered a series of conversations I’ve recently had. Before I get into those let me tell you this, even if some may disagree: I am intentionally, and with a humble spirit, trying my [Read More…]

Part 3: How Jesus Commanded Us to Handle Critics

Read Part 1 Read Part 2 Movement #1: Stay close to those you trust with you life (Matthew 10:11-12) Scripture for Movement #1: 11“Whatever town or village you enter, search for some worthy person there and stay at his house until you leave. 12As you enter the home, give it your greeting. Insight #2 (Matthew 10:12): [Read More…]

Part 2: How Jesus Commands Us to Handle Critics

Read Part 1 Movement #1: Stay close to those you trust with you life (Matthew 10:11-12) Scripture for Movement #1: 11“Whatever town or village you enter, search for some worthy person there and stay at his house until you leave. 12As you enter the home, give it your greeting. Insight #1 from Matthew 10:11: Whatever [Read More…]

Why Did Jesus Talk in Parables?

I believe it was to force everyone to think for themselves and learn what it means to implement their faith through God’s eternal Kingdom Principles, in their own situations in real time as life uniquely happens. God could have made the Bible a million page rule book filled only with yes/no answers to all of life’s [Read More…]

Part 1: How Jesus Commands Us to Handle Critics

Just recently I was studying the Bible for My One Sentence Bible, and I came across Matthew 10:11-11:7. In this passage Jesus is giving instructions to his disciples on how to live a faithful life with critics, haters and oppressors all around. I was shocked, and moved by Jesus’ commands (no, I don’t know why [Read More…]

I Must Work Even Harder on Myself

Still just as applicable this week as it was last. The Lord’s conforming process is never easy… Much love. www.themarinfoundation.org [Read more…]

Are you The Borg or are you Human?

I have really been thinking a lot about the following, as I believe it is unfortunately ever so true today: Culture no longer believes in progress, it believes in assimilation When I say ‘progress’ I am defining it the same as American theologian and pastor Warren Wiersbe when referencing Paul’s words of ‘progress’ to his young disciple [Read More…]

My Recent Sermon from Parkcrest Church in Long Beach, CA

Recently I had the opportunity to preach all four services at Parkcrest Church in Long Beach, CA. I spoke about Reversing Imputed Cultural Perceptions. You can listen to it here. What you need to do is: Click on the Show Details bar under the FAQ’s series sermon, and mine is the first one You can [Read More…]

I’m Not Feeling Very Christian

Adding insult to injury – Brenda and I thought we were pregnant. The most exciting life-changing news! We went to the doctor to confirm it with a blood test and it turns out we’re not. Even more so, I got this terrible news while I was preaching in Long Beach last weekend. Talk about feeling like [Read More…]

Sexuality and Theology: Part 2

Here’s Part 1 We then started to talk about sexual consumerism—no, not human trafficking, but rather sexuality being consumed to fuel one’s self worth and give them validity as ‘fully human’. So often people feel that they cannot be ‘fully human’ living in the way God created us as sexual beings without the ‘sexual’ part. [Read More…]

Sexuality and Theology: Part 1

Recently I was asked to participate in a private discussion with 15 other national leaders surrounding the topics of sexuality and theology. The group was made up of a few straight conservative evangelicals, a few straight progressive (“liberal”) evangelicals, a few straight mainline clergy members, a couple of academics, an HIV/AIDS physician, a Clinical Sexologist a gay celibate [Read More…]

What does ‘Living in Sin’ Actually Mean?

I’ve been thinking about this question a lot lately. I often hear straight Christians talk about the GLBT community as ‘living in sin’. What does that mean? I’m being serious. My default is: Are we not all literally living in sin, no matter who we are or what we’re doing (Romans 3:23)? James 2:10 (my translation) says: “If [Read More…]

Being Fat vs. Being Gay in the Church

I was asked by über blogger and #1 selling recording artist Carlos Whittaker (Twitter: @loswhit) to do a video response to an email he received from a friend of his who is a pastor that ‘came out’ (even though he is celibate because of a belief in a traditional interpretation of Scripture) and was fired because [Read More…]

Part 2: Airport Signs and Theological Deepness

This video is hilarious! Watch what TSA does while I’m trying to communicate some super deepness… How much do you want to bet I’m going to land on one of those “watch lists” at the airport from here on out  Yesterday’s services went great…I will post the audio from my sermon as soon as LaSalle St Church [Read More…]


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