You’re Going To Be Disappointed

For those of you who don’t already know, I volunteer at Love Wins Ministries, “a ministry of presence and pastoral care for the homeless and at-risk population of Raleigh, NC.” It’s something I’ve wanted to do since I first met Hugh at The Morning Times coffee shop in downtown Raleigh (his “office” at the time) five […]

You’re Making Us Look Bad, Pat

I think it goes without saying that Christianity isn’t the sanest belief system on the planet. I mean, orthodox belief says that “a cosmic Jewish zombie who was his own father can make you live forever if you symbolically eat his flesh and telepathically tell him you accept him as your master, so he can remove […]

Of Chia Pets And Used Underwear

Today, I want to share an article I found this morning in The Old North State Beacon (“All the fake news that’s fit to print since I made the site up this morning”): Woman Stunned To Find Poor And Homeless Don’t Want Her Leftovers          A Greensboro woman was bewildered when a local ministry for […]

My Story Pt IV

Those of you who have stuck with the long slog through my life are in luck: today is the 4th and final installment in this tale. And, the pay-off for all your hard work is a relatively happy ending. So, let’s get to it. Yesterday, I ended with this tidbit: “At the time, my oldest […]

Many or All?

For the past few months, the concept of universalism has been on my mind. I’ve been involved in several conversations (both on-line and in real-time) about the subject and even heard a couple of sermons that either brushed up against it or, in one case, fully engaged it. These encounters run the gamut from strongly […]

It Was A Very Good Day

Yesterday was one of the better days I’ve had in quite a while. I spent the morning with my friends at Love Wins and, that evening, I got to experience something everyone should at least once in their life: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band live. Now, on their own, those things would qualify […]

Relationships

The folks at Love Wins say homelessness isn’t really a lack of housing, it’s a lack of relationships. A lot of people who are homeless, hungry, poor, etc., don’t have relationships with others who can make sure they’re not outdoors, have enough to eat, are sufficiently clothed and any of the other necessities that life […]

Lighten Up?

My friend Hugh Hollowell (yes, I am a shameless name-dropper) recently posted a blog entry titled Why So Serious? In it, he tells us that some people think he’s a bit too…, well, serious. That’s a myth easily dispelled with just a few minutes at Love Wins. It’s one I attribute it to the imperfect medium that […]

Glitz and Glam

A couple of days ago, Terry Smith posted the following on Facebook “Sometimes “ministry” looks like sitting in an auto parts store parking lot changing out an alternator. It’s not all glitz and glam, folks. This is a truth I can attest to after just a few months hanging around Love Wins. It’s not exactly a surprising […]

I’m Probably Doing it Wrong

Everything I’ve ever read about blogging and increasing your readership says that you should engage with your audience by responding to comments about whatever it is you’ve written. Unfortunately, I suck at that. You see, when I write something, I’ve generally said all I have to say on the subject and I’m ready to move […]