Lesson Learned: December 14, 2011

My 31st birthday is coming up on December 16th, and I had an idea. You can watch my idea above. We’ll see how long it lasts… I’m really shooting for an entire year. What do you think about the lesson of being the one to stick your neck on the line for someone else because [Read More…]

I Have to Forgive These People to Move On

I was reading the Bible this morning in the book of Mark doing my One Sentence Bible (I always read ahead of what I post on the blog) and I came across the following: “And if you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that God in Heaven may forgive you your sins.” [Read More…]

Real Life. Real Love. Real Difficult.

I don’t want to clog any of what will be said with my words. PLEASE READ THIS. (and the comment on the link by Jesse, who was also there) If you have ever wondered about the work of The Marin Foundation, our Living in the Tension gatherings or what we’re all about – the above link will answer [Read More…]

Death Hits Too Close to Home

These past few days have been really intense for me. Death is looming around my life and it has been a difficult realization that it will soon hit. First I got a call from my Mom telling me that my Grandpa, who already has Parkinsons and Alzheimers, has a mass on his kidney that is certainly [Read More…]

Lessons Learned Videos

Here are a few more videos from people who attended all of my sessions at Cornerstone Festival 2009 throughout the week. Here are some of their lessons learned: This video is “The Skeptic”: This video is “The Humbled Brother”: This video is “The Most Encouraging Person in the World”: This video is “Just Chillin”: Just another [Read More…]

My Painful Confession

I wrote this prayer this morning after dumping my guts out to the Lord. I thought after-the-fact that I would share it with you all to let you into my head, heart and soul within this journey I’m on. The following is not a blame game, nor am I ever pretending that I am in any way the [Read More…]

Controversy of Being Thankful

On this day I am thankful, among many, many other things, for one thing in particular: That Jesus Christ came to this earth as a baby of no status or privilege, incarnating himself into a broken world and peacefully loving all of humanity to Him, even though many didn’t, and don’t, want to believe. I [Read More…]

Part 2: Lesson Learned from Andrew

This is a powerful story, and an unfortunate example of what happens to many of our youth in today’s Christian culture. But look what happens then, when there is a direct intentionality to bridge building – and look how our youth respond to a message they are just yearning to hear. Is it hard to [Read More…]

Part 1: Lesson Learned from Andrew

It’s great to be back home after speaking four times in the last four days in Atlanta at the National Youth Workers Convention. These past four days have been very humbling for me, and such an encouragement with numbers of people coming up to me and saying some variation of the following: “Over the past [Read More…]

New but Old

The following was originally posted on January 29, 2009. This past weekend I had some very, very close people to me talk to me about some deep secrets and fears in their lives that are tearing them apart. In lieu of that, I thought it was important to put this post out there again. Here is [Read More…]

There is Always Someone More Oppressed Than You

I’m going to keep this one plain and simple: There is always someone more oppressed than you! I’m sure you all have probably heard of the controversy regarding the Gold medal winning South African track star Caster Semenya, who after winning the 800 meter race at the World Championships held in Berlin, Germany, was requested [Read More…]

My Strange Last 48 Hours

I had a bad interview. Then I had a good one. I got hated on by a gay organization. Then I got hated on by a Christian one. I received a couple offensive emails calling me names. Then I received a couple encouraging emails giving me hope. I had a moving Living in the Tension [Read More…]

Why God Doesn’t Answer Prayers

This is a question that has been on my heart a lot recently for a few different reasons. I have prayed for many things in my life that have not been answered—some of which are theologically important to me: Why am I me and given the inherent right that comes with being a straight, white [Read More…]

3 Very Special Moments

There are a few times in life where your heart is truly touched—and here are three of them that have happened recently that not only brought me to tears, but gave me some encouraging perspective on what I’m actually doing through The Marin Foundation. 1. A year and a half ago a guy wrote a [Read More…]