Everyone’s Agenda

Recently there have been multiple references to me by Christians about the ‘gay agenda.’ I want to make one thing very clear: Everyone has an agenda. I don’t care who you are or what you’re about. You have an agenda – Christian, gay or whatever. And the broader community or population of people you affiliate [Read More…]

Colgate University

It’s just before 4am and I’m already on my way to O’Hare Airport. I’m speaking at Colgate University (Hamilton, NY) this afternoon and this evening. I just love speaking at secular college campuses because they are so diverse socially, theologically and politically. I believe that there is no better place to easily gather a cross-section of [Read More…]

The Guinea Pig Diaries by AJ Jacobs

I just finished reading AJ Jacobs new book, The Guinea Pig Diaries: My Life as an Experiment. All I have to say is that this book is totally hilarious … I literally laughed out loud at least a dozen times (some of those were on a plane, and I got a few awkward looks!). You [Read More…]

Update on Uganda

In the last post I wrote about the Anti-Homosexual Bill in Uganda, I mentioned that Martin Ssempa was linked to a large church back in America—that church was Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church. As recent as the middle of last week, Martin Ssempa was still mentioned on Saddleback’s website. However, all links to Ssempa were swiftly [Read More…]

Nov 1: My One Sentence Bible

What is My One Sentence Bible? 11-1-09: Many of the Lord’s claims are bold beyond reality. Are you bold enough to believe with Him? Jeremiah 50:1-3, 10 The Lord is against arrogance in any form. Faithfully continue to humbly walk forward. Jeremiah 50:31 Tony Campolo famously says that America is the new Babylon. According to [Read More…]

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. www.themarinfoundation.org [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…]