John said to him, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.” But Jesus said, “Do not stop him; for no one who does a deed of power in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me. … More Who Does Jesus Belong To?
One of the words that freaks out many of my fellow liberal Christians and people abused by religion or even the people who qualify themselves as “spiritual but not religious” more than anything is “REPENT!!!” Sometimes I imagine myself saying it in a sermon and seeing people’s eyes bug out. They might say, “Oh crap! … More Where Are You?
Somewhere in time there is a part of me that I visit frequently. He is in a dark room and he feels alone. He is living a lie. He believes that he is separate from God and from everything else in life–the consummate individual. Even though he knows that he can get up and walk … More Coming Out of the Dark…
In Joel 2, there is a prophecy that there will be a time when God would pour out God’s own Spirit on all flesh. And it says that when that day comes: “And it shall come to pass afterward That I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall … More Pour Yourself Out (ANTS Commencement Address 2013)
There are whole industries dedicated to minimizing risk, variation, cost, and waste. They fall under the umbrella of what is called “quality control” and when it comes to manufacturing products, I think that there is a brilliance to it that can be applauded. It is so brilliant in fact that many people have integrated the … More Hate the World, Make It a Better Place
Let me begin this post by saying that I absolutely love the Bible. I have read a lot of books in my life and the Bible by far has been the most intriguing work I have ever engaged. With the exception of The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave, C.S. Lewis’ Mere … More The Gospel According to You
What do you get out of the following words of Jesus from Matthew 7? 1“Judge not, that you be not judged. 2 For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. 3 And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but … More Do You See What Eye See?
I know some people may feel like I’m making a big deal about this waterfall like the double rainbow dude, but the fact is I cannot deny the awesomeness of Creation and I also can’t help but know that the very Power through which this waterfall came into being is active in each and everyone … More What Your Power Looks Like
Have you ever told yourself how you would be a certain way if conditions were different? “If I had this money, I’d be…” If I grew up with this kind of family, I’d be…” Yadda yadda yadda and the list goes on. You know how it is. We do it all the time. And if … More Unconditional You
When I was meditating the other morning, I was listening for guidance from the Holy Spirit on what I should pay attention to that day. In my form of meditation I mostly just pray and then just sit still for a long time afterward just listening as thoughts come up. I don’t follow the thoughts. … More We’re All Invisible