Some Sundays ago, I preached a message to the congregation I serve that I intended to be hopeful. In it, I talked about the “scandal of change”. My main point was that scandal is part and parcel of any change endeavor. The text that I was preaching from was the Annunciation from Luke 1 where … More Courting Scandal
Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, 1holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain. … More When Rules Break the Law
Ever since I heard the Kanye TMZ interview and listened to Kanye’s two new songs, I have been watching the thoughts that arise in my consciousness around the points that I think he thinks he is trying to make. Of course, you can’t make sense out of nonsense. That is the Roofless Church’s Cardinal Insight. … More Choose Your Thoughts or They’ll Choose You
I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that I am a fool. And I would be equally lying if I said that I want to be any other way. In fact, when I find myself feeling like I am wise, I feel like a failure. “How can I be so ignorant to think I am … More The Compassionate Fool
The day after the Vegas shootings, I dreamed that I was in the pulpit doing the “Prayers of the People” and decided not to stop until I could tell that my prayers were having some positive effect on the world. I ended up being at the pulpit for days on end without eating or sleeping … More What Do I Pray For?
One of Martin Luther King’s most famous statement’s from his “I Have a Dream” speech was the part when he said, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their … More How to Judge Completely
In a post I wrote recently I talked about my desire to live into the Realm of Flow–aka willing surrender–perpetually. I expressed how over the past few months, I’ve been feeling deeply that the best contribution I can be to the communities of which I am a part is to get in the Flow and … More Looking For A “Change of Seen?
Don’t let the title of this post fool you. If you’re thrown off by this image and the title then chances are you have never heard of the show from the early 2000s based on the life of comedian Chris Rock as a teenager. The show was entitled “Everybody Hates Chris” and chronicled the awkward misadventures of young Chris as he navigated the challenges of growing up and trying to find his place in the world. … More Everybody Hates Christians
Fear and God. For a long time those two words seemed not to go together for me. After all, in the book of 1 John we are told “God is Love” and despite how we tend to think of hate as love’s opposite, anyone who has ever loved knows that is inaccurate. Fear is actually … More The Privilege of Fearing God
As I mentioned in the video, today I was thinking about the burden of innocence that we all share and how Mary, the mother of Jesus, symbolizes that burden. Sometimes I imagine if some of us hurt folk were able to just pour out our hearts and tell the burdensome story of how we lost … More The Burden of Innocence