I am afraid of beauty. In fact, it terrifies me. Lest you begin to feel sorry for me, this is the way I think it should be. At some raw and primeval level, I believe we are all terrified of beauty. I know some of you will completely disagree with me. You will be … More The Terror of Beauty
When Christians talk about a Christocentric worldview, we typically mean that we have Jesus in the center of our little world, and that we are always focused upon the Person of Jesus. But could it be that thinking of Christocentrism in this manner holds inherent weaknesses that diminish our effectiveness as voices of hope to … More A Million Damning Acts – Navigating the Impossible #3
I was completely surprised by the response to my last post “Leaders Do Not Have the Right to Pretend it Didn’t Happen.” Hundreds of people responded to my simple story of email posts and responses from a former friend who was part of a team of abusive leaders that shafted our little church, and more … More Their Light is Their Darkness: exposing shallowness of leaders who don’t get it
“God sets the solitary in families.” (Psalm 68:6) The first part of this post highlighted feelings about a place, which feels to me, “more like home than home itself.” This has application to a plethora of dynamics about the Christian life, and mission. It’s obvious connection to me late last night was my thoughts on … More A Wales’ Win, and Thoughts on Adoption and Mission (Part 2)
“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
Donald Trump has placed the word “winning” into the strategic political position this election, and he has done it in a way that has not been seen before. Winning at all cost has always been a grotesque undercurrent of politics, but winning has entered into a new category this year. Winning has now become evidence … More The Unholiness of Winning as a Political Strategy
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
“Humanity is objectified by the objects it objectifies. We are abused by the systems and the people we abuse. They become ghosts haunting us. They become the demons of our tortured nights.” – Burning Religion pg. 70 In Man’s Search for Meaning,[i] neurologist and psychiatrist Viktor Frankl begins his story of imprisonment in the Nazi … More Our Vote Betrays Us (Part 3)
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)
Listening to Miroslav Volf on YouTube, I came across a wonderful quote about love. It stands true, not only for one’s love for God, but for all true love. “Either we love God for nothing, or we don’t love God at all.” The brilliance of this simple principle runs counterintuitively to many of the principles (or, … More A Valentine for God?
Paris police raid well over a hundred locations in search of at least two more terrorists from Friday’s attack. The UN calls for European nations to take in Syrian refugees, while the world is told that thousands of trained jihadists from the Daesh/IS have been smuggled in among the refugees. Russia confirms it was a bomb … More Paris, Syria, Russia & Charlie Sheen: a world worried about safety
On the day after the atrocities in Paris, which left over 120 dead and a yet uncounted number wounded, I am roiling with anger. Moments like these make the old adage, “the pen is mightier than the sword” seem impotent and frail in the face of tragedy. I tracked the events last night from the … More An Islamic Distopian Nightmare: #JeSuisCharlie #JeSuisParis
Sections of Burning Religion are anecdotes from recent and distant history. This comes from the chapter outlining the noble actions of people from many different religious and non-religious persuasions. You can find Burning Religion and join the revolution at the Amazon order page.
Of all the big and wonderful things to see in London, it was this tiny park hidden away between the tall buildings that has captured my attention the most for the last few years. This Summer, I finally had a chance to visit Postman’s Park. Where Nobodies are Somebody: Postman’s Park A quaint park is … More Where Nobodies are Somebody: Postman’s Park