Somewhere Over The Rainbow

Geez, it seems like no matter where I look these days, there’s god-damned rainbow staring me in the face. It’s all over Facebook and there are pictures of that damned flag everywhere. Hell, I’ve even seen a couple in real life. And, that this is happening as the Confederate flag is coming down makes things […]

God Cares About Football?

So, the American version of Roman poet Juvenal’s bread and circuses, aka the Superbowl, is upon us. Yes, friends, it’s time to engage in the annual bacchanalia of eating too much shitty food, enjoying a massively overhyped half-time show and watching a bunch of obscenely expensive commercials for a series of products that really won’t contribute to […]

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 […]

Things You Can Do While Following Jesus

If it seems like you see lists in the blogs you read on fairly regular basis, there’s a reason for that: there are lists in the blogs you read on a  fairly regular basis. Bloggers like lists because they’re easier to write than regular posts: not as much thinking, easier research (especially if you find things […]

What You Don’t Know

I saw this online recently and wanted to tell the poster, “What you don’t know is that the girl in front of you with the iPhone may have just lost her job and her service hasn’t been cut off yet. Or maybe uses food stamps to feed her kids because her insufficient paycheck is enough to […]

A New Commandment I Give You

Like most writers, I keep a list of topics that I can’t use right away. The reasons vary; often, I might think an idea has merit, but don’t know how to approach it. Or, just as often, I’m in the middle of something else and can’t develop it right then. Sometimes, these things just click […]

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 Trying

It’s not often I’m happy to see Monday roll around, but I was ecstatic when it got here this time. Let me tell you, it was one hell of a weekend and not in the good way. It all started Friday evening when Olivia called me to come get her. She was spending the night […]

Love and the Law

At some point before he was crucified, Jesus met a lawyer who asked him “What is the greatest commandment”. Jesus answered “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your being, and with all your mind. The second is this, You will love your neighbor as yourself. No other commandment is greater than these.” This […]

Community

At Wild Goose this year, one of the things I made a point of doing is something I always do when I get the chance and that’s hang out with my pal, Hugh Hollowell. Now, if you’re around Hugh more than 5 minutes, the conversation will inevitably turn to his work and the people there. […]