May 7, 2019

You probably read the story this week where a Georgia politician faced calls to resign based on this statement: “…when you see blacks and whites together, it makes my blood boil because that’s just not the way a Christian is supposed to live.” Councilman Jim Cleveland, also told reporters “I’m a Christian and my Christian beliefs are you don’t do interracial marriage.” Now, before we go any further, I probably need to say that I think this man is not only a… Read more

May 3, 2019

  As a follower of Jesus, I am a subversive agent of a Kingdom with unlimited powers. My mission is to overthrow this empire from within and to unravel its systems and re-boot the culture. This is accomplished by introducing the Gospel virus into the existing mainframe of reality. This “Metanoia” program is designed to re-write the code of our thinking. It has the power to re-wire hearts, reprogram minds, and transform human behaviors. The purpose of this Gospel is… Read more

May 2, 2019

There seems to be some confusion among American Christians about whether or not we’re still under the Old Covenant or the Ten Commandments. [We’re not]. See, the Ten Commandments were a sign from God of the Covenant He made between Moses and his people. “Then the Lord said to Moses, “Write down these words, for in accordance with these words I have made a covenant with you and with Israel. Moses was there with the Lord forty days and forty nights… Read more

April 29, 2019

  Ok, there are some white people in the Bible. Maybe if we look in the background at the Romans or perhaps even the Gentiles in Galatia or Ephesus. But the main players – Abraham, Moses, David, Isaiah, Jesus, Peter, James, John, Paul, etc. – are all brown, Middle Eastern people, not white. Why should I even have to take time to say this? What’s the point of calling this out? Well, maybe because some Christians haven’t gotten the memo…. Read more

April 26, 2019

A few days ago a friend of mine posted something online that revealed his hatred for Muslims. In response, I suggested that he should consider what Jesus said about learning to love our enemies. Not only did my friend not take that advice very well, he quickly accused me of being a “self-righteous Pharisee” and said that “Jesus opposed being a Pharisee.” Before I could respond he ended the conversation by un-friending me. Now, I could write a blog post about… Read more

April 25, 2019

Quite often when I talk about following Jesus into preemptive love or proactive agape, people will argue that nonviolence doesn’t work. But it does. Even in World War 2 – the one example brought up most often in discussions like this – the Nazi’s admitted after the war that they were totally unprepared for how to respond to nonviolent resistance. “B.H. Liddell-Hart, widely acknowledged as the foremost military writer of our times, discovered in his interrogation of Nazi generals after… Read more

April 23, 2019

  The church bombings on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka were directly in retaliation for the Mosque shooting in New Zealand last month. Where does it end? This Us vs Them mentality starts out as simple tribalism, but very quickly escalates into violence, war and eventual annihilation. You disrespect me and I will disrespect you. You beat up one of my tribe, I attack three of yours. You kill one of mine, I kill five of yours. You kill ten… Read more

April 20, 2019

We, the Church, are the Body of Christ. We are the physical representation of Jesus in the world today. As the Body of Jesus, we seem to be much more comfortable in the dark of the tomb, wrapped in our own shroud, meditating on this death of our Lord, with the stone rolled shut across the door. We ignore that what we are called to do – as the living Body of Jesus – is to go out and proclaim,… Read more

April 19, 2019

  I’ve started to notice that the wisdom of Jesus is a bigger part of our collective intelligence than I ever realized before. I often hear people who are not followers of Jesus quote Him in their conversations with one another. This made me wonder just how many of the phrases we commonly use are actually attributed to the words of Jesus. Here’s what I found: Going the extra mile – Mt 5:40-42 The truth will set you free –… Read more

April 18, 2019

You can’t really love the Homeless until you love Debbie or Steve [who happen to be homeless]. You can’t really say you love the LGBTQ community until you love Scott or Hannah or Jasmine [who happen to be Gay, Trans and Lesbian]. You can’t really love Muslims until you love Usha, or Ibrahim [who are Muslims]. You can’t really love any group of people as long as you only see them as an anonymous collective that sits behind a label…. Read more

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