I am catching up on things I did not have time to do this October, even as I close up the last little loose ends of a busy, busy month. The things that happen in October embody some of the dreams I have for the rest of the world. A growing group of my friends and … More A Jew and a Gentile walk into a Cigar Shop…
I am coming to the 10th anniversary of being splattered onto the front page of the Wall Street Journal. The article was entitled, “Befriending Witches Still a Problem in Salem, Mass.” Those were difficult days, and the next four years would be filled with even greater difficulty, but looking back, I can say, I would not … More Befriending Witches Still a Problem: Looking Back, Looking Forward
I have been in Salem, MA pastoring The Gathering since June 1999. Over the years, we have been at the center of creating events, and helping Christian ministers to act like regular people when they come to the city of Salem in October, and now the monthlong outreach has expanded to over a dozen events, … More Announcing the Big Transition: from Salem to the World
Thomas Hobbes seemed to believe that “mainspring of all laughter” was the “sudden glory at the sight of an inferior.”* On one hand that seems to be a pretty solid definition for much of today’s laughter. On the other hand, if Hobbes is correct, this is an obscene observation about the nature of humanity. I … More Sudden Glory at the Sight of an Inferior?
Before I moved to Salem, MA, I was working on a theory: That Witches are just regular people with an alternative spirituality. So, I took a class in Folk-Religion at Fuller Seminary, and did some anthropological work on American Neo-Pagans. Guess what I discovered?! Yup, that’s right. I discovered the rather non-sensational fact that Witches … More Witches Are Real People Too!
Burning Man is happening in just a few days. Apparently, those in charge cannot imagine the event without me. I have passed on my tickets, but they keep sending me verification that my ticket will be waiting for me a Will Call when I get there. Oh my, don’t tempt me Burning Man peeps! In … More Burning Man is Just Days (and 2,945 miles) Away
“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)
Today, the 26th ranked team in the world beat the 2nd ranked team in the world in the quarter finals of Euro 2016. Or, if you go by other rankings, the 51st ranked team beat the 9th ranked team. Either way you look at it, it was an upset. I certainly was not upset by … More A Wales’ Win, and Thoughts on Adoption and Mission
The book Burning Religion is a study in the spaces between people in disagreement, between political and national views, between church and secular life, and even between nations. The rise of Donald Trump’s run for the Presidency, and last week’s successful “leave” Brexit vote in Britain highlights the issue of the spaces and the boundaries between … More Brexit, Trump, Fences and Neighbors
Last year, the summer Solstice was on a Sunday evening. This year, the Solstice was Monday night, and the Stones were open to the public Monday night through Tuesday morning. The crowds were smaller this year. The Solstice was not on a weekend, and the weather had been wildly wet the day before the Solstice … More Stonehenge Campsite Festival and a Night at the Stones
The last two weeks since leaving the fields of HowTheLightGetsIn have been a wonderful adventure in Wales, and in Welsh. After traveling back with Andrew Thomas (who supplied the fantastic canopy tent, which became the late night/early morning Steward’s hangout location at Hay-on-Wye) to Cardiff, I stayed with our Burning Nest friend Charlie Upton for … More From Cardiff to Caernarfon and Back
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
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)
The 2016 Presidential campaign is making fools out of the American people. The world is both laughing and/or incredulously horrified at what they are seeing. Russian philosopher Mikhail Bakhtin suggested that other people knew us better than we know ourselves. This is certainly not true in every respect, but when people watch our actions, we … More Our Vote Betrays Us (Part 1)
“The new Pope is a humble man, very much like me, which probably explains why I like him so much!” Donald Trump – Christmas Day Tweet I am weighing into this topic about Pope Francis and Trump six days after it blew up – rather late considering the pace of the news, but then … More Trump, You’ve been Poped! – evaluating the exchanges between them