Lent: Learning to See In the Dark

I cannot think of Lent w/out thinking of this scene from Apollo 13. Our culture can sell us a million different ways to keep the lights on. It takes a practice like Lent to teach us how to switch them off so that we can learn to see in the dark – even if it [Read More…]

Monday Morning Confessional

I confess that I did not watch the Grammy Awards last night. I confess that I have been unable to watch since about 1998, about the time I started making records and living off songwriting and performing. I’m sure it is some sort of personal defect, but although I love the performances, the awards themselves [Read More…]

Pope Benedict XVI Announces His Retirement.

Pope Benedict stunned the world this morning when he announced his own retirement. I did not see this coming. I have not been a huge fan of Benedict as I’ve watched him forcibly quash the influence of liberation theology and move the Roman Catholic church toward toward the conservative in nearly all things. I hope [Read More…]

The Gospel Cannot Happen In Your Head Alone

This came from Richard Rohr, The Good News According to Luke: Spiritual Reflections, p. 138. I love how Rohr emphasizes Jesus’s teaching about giving and receiving love. This is such a key piece of what it means to encounter God. If we lose this, we lose everything. The Gospel cannot happen in your head alone. The gospel [Read More…]

Prepare to Laugh Your Face Off: “That Angel Guy Just Felt Me Up”

This is the funniest thing I’ve seen in a long, long time. Thanks the G. Madden for posting it. I needed a good laugh and this does the trick. So here’s some more over the top Friday Funny: [Read more…]

Friday Funny: How to Write a Worship Song (In Five Minutes or Less)

This kid is every youth minister’s nightmare (but in a good way). Here he is ripping on the repetitive and derivative nature of modern worship music. It’s not a bad critique, as long as we remember that a similar critique can be made of most music in the pop/rock genre. It reminds me of my [Read More…]

Truth is a Person

I’m working on an article for The Huffington Post right now and I’m reminded of something central to the Christian faith: Truth is a person. Here’s a little bit of what I’m thinking about. Among evangelicals, as it is everywhere, the search for truth has always been much more about power and control. The truth [Read More…]

On Behalf of Iron Lovers Everywhere, This is Appalling…

From NPR today: Scottie the dog is not going to like this news: Monopoly fans have voted to add a cat to the classic game’s cast of eight playing pieces. Getting the boot: Well, it wasn’t the boot. It’s the iron that got flattened. The results of Hasbro’s Facebook vote were revealed on NBC-TV’s Today Show. We suspect iron [Read More…]

How to Talk to Children About God (Heaven, Hell, Jesus, Salvation, and How it All Works)

About a year ago I got an email from a parent telling me that her daughter was asking questions about God, heaven, hell, salvation and how it all works. I’m a big fan of answering questions with stories, answering questions with more questions. But there are some situations where kids don’t want the run-around. They [Read More…]

Monday Morning Confessional

I confess that I love the Super Bowl. It doesn’t matter who is playing, I can always get up for that game. I confess that although I’m not a huge Jim Harbaugh fan (I’m still bitter about 1995-96 playoff win over the Chiefs), I still cheered for SF to come back and win. I was [Read More…]