For the last few decades, there has been a great degree of information in evangelism and missions circles about Christians in the marketplace. I certainly would not negate the need for committed Christian believers to take up their space in the marketplace in order to fulfill the Great Commission. But, after mixing it up in … More Christians in the Playplace
“Are they ministers of Christ?—I speak as a fool—I am more: in labors more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequently, in deaths often.” – the Crazy Apostle Paul As a pastor, who is also a “Burner” (someone who goes to Burning Man and believes in following the 10 principles of Burning Man), I have … More The Impracticality of God: safety third
“The aversion of danger and the loss of hope are secret lovers, and we are always surprised when they meet each other and their illegitimate children run around inside our hearts.” Burning Religion: navigating the impossible space between religion and secular society And this is why you want to check my book out, because it … More Aversion to Danger and Loss of Hope
For those of you, who are worried about people falling into temptation and acting like a bunch of hedonists at Burning Man. Well yes, that does happen to some of the Christians who go to these crazy places. They end up getting stoned, or drinking too much. Typically they rebound, and keep their lives together. … More Christians at Burning Man? Isn’t that dangerous?
“Long journeys with hopeful, but uncertain destinations are as tiring on the mind as they are on the emotions. Only the most disciplined minds arrive at the destination intact, and yet, thought Gwyn Dee, ‘losing one’s mind may not always be a bad thing.’” Wyman, Phil (2015-10-20). Burning Religion: navigating the impossible space between religion … More Insanity May Not Always Be a Bad Thing
The Christian life is a great inversion. Everything is upside down. The first shall be last. The last shall be first. The proud are humbled. The humble are exalted. The greatest illustration of this is evident in this season between Good Friday and Easter Day. Even the fact that we would call the day of … More Death and Life, Darkness and Hope: the strange inversion of Good Friday to Easter
We are enamored with strength, fame, and money. We have given these things nearly messianic attributes. It appears we think that they will save us, or so, that is how it looks this voting season. But, I believe our votes have the potential to betray us. The Strengths Movement looks back to Peter Drucker’s books … More Our Vote Betrays Us (Part 2)
My wonderful friend Ian Lynch from Darkwood Brew captured me thinking about nothing. This is good timing to relive this moment. Today there was a conference call about Wild Goose Festival planning. Simultaneously, I am planning for going back to Wales this coming May-June, and the philosophy festival I mention in this short interview is … More I Think About Nothing, and God
My friend Russ Jennings, who I know from the Wild Goose Festival has this wonderful podcast called Love in Dangerous Time. I would just wanna be part of it for the name alone, but Russ being the captain at the helm makes it even better. So, seeing that I am all about Love in Dangerous … More Interview with Love in Dangerous Time
Today I stopped at the Howling Wolf, which is good place for Mexican food, which is a miracle, because I am from Escondido, CA and I now live in Salem, MA. Decent Mexican food in New England was a miracle when I first moved here in 1999. The area has since upped its culinary game … More An Adventure Waiting to Happen
Burning Religion arrived at 2nd Congregational Church in Peabody on the Sunday between Christmas and New Year’s Day 2015. This portion of the message highlights the existential isolation we experience because no one understands how we view the world, we will all experience the sense of feeling alone. In cases of radical differences in worldview, … More Our Isolation and Our Violence Needs a Miracle Cure
A cultured individual does not talk about certain things in public. Well, not at least in cultured settings, but the taboos of discussion have expanded far beyond the realms of the cultured, and are now coffeehouse, and pub taboos as well, unless of course, one is willing to tacitly agree with the most disagreeable things. … More Trump, Wasserman and Taboo Talk as Social Justice
May the Farce be with you. We watched Star Wars: The Force Awakens. We were surprised. We were laughing. Some of us were crying. Some of the audience around us clapped and cheered when familiar faces and gadgets appeared. Star Wars is an institution of important childhood memories for many people today. Somehow the cheesy, the … More The Farce Awakens!
Last night was our Pub Theology discussion. Before the meeting happened, I proposed the following topic: “Argue and have a pint. Looking for people who can tell us the benefits of the capitalistic binge party that Christmas has become. Or, you can argue against that, or you can say that I have defined some false … More The Benefits of Consumerist Christmas
There is a movement today not unlike the “Death of God” theology of the late 50’s early 60’s. One theologian would suggest that what needed to die was our perspectives on God, and another would suggest that we simply came to a place where the idea of God was no longer needed in a modern/post-modern … More Burn Religion this coming year!