Tonight I realized that I feel safer in cars that look like I can afford them. That is a sad awareness that I need to work on more deeply. How I realized this was that I had to rent a car. I had a coupon that enabled me to get a compact for the same … More Escaping the Prison Industrial Mindset
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?
When I decided to accept the teaching of Jesus’ lineage as a Spiritual practice, I knew what I was getting myself into. I grew up Christian so I know how easy it can be to go to church on Sunday and have an emotional or mental release only to turn right back around on Monday … More Where Does All the Evil Go?
Have you ever watched a documentary or life story about some awesome person who did some thing that you know in your heart was the right thing to do, only to walk away feeling kind of like you suck? Here is this person with all of this adversity that they go through to get to … More Let This Cup Pass (Feeling Crappy Is Not a Crime)
Today as I was entering into a surprisingly silent Newton Centre, I was surprised to hear from my friend that the entire town was on lockdown as a result of the ongoing manhunt for the second suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings. Already on campus by the time I was clear on the gravity of … More B In Prayer
Ever since returning from China I have been reflecting on the Pauline metaphor of the Body of Christ. Meeting Christians in China was an amazing experience. I felt love, the Presence of the Holy Spirit, and the most sincere desire of the people to spread the love of Christ among their people and the world. … More Reflection on the Body of Christ and God’s Mysterious Ways
Why is it that so many of us pray to God like we’re running for office? In my opinion the biggest benefit to a relationship with God is that we are supposedly talking to someone who knows everything about us and loves us anyway. If I have to fake around God like I can trick … More No Reason to Pray
So I was talking to my surrogate daughter the other day about life. She was asking about why it is that we often get bothered when we see people doing the very things that we excuse ourselves for. The conversation reminded me of a talk I had with my good friend, Jensen Yensen, which he … More If You Don’t Have My Back, Get Out of My Face
Have you ever found yourself falling into a role that you were so sure you had transcended? Do you feel compelled to meet people under the circumstances that are comfortable to them rather than showing up as your “authentic self”? Yes, the whole “authentic self” thing is starting to get cliche, but you know what … More Role Over and Die
In my last post, You Won’t Like Me When I’m Angry, I said that in my opinion the greatest miracle Jesus ever did was stay on the cross. Well, if that was the greatest, the second was to pray for the people who were cheering to see him there. Imagine that you have been betrayed. It … More Forgive Them For They Know Not…