A couple of days ago I responded to an online discussion question that compared religiosity and righteousness. Honestly, I rarely comment on these kinds of questions because I don’t have much interest in having someone call me a socialist or something just because of how I interpret certain teachings from scripture about what it means … More Trading My Religion for a Cross and a Commandment
Recently I’ve been thinking about a conversation I had about 14 years ago with a friend who is very well off financially. One day he just came out and told me that if I would just do what he did he could ensure that I too would be as wealthy as him in a few … More What Do We Truly Desire?
If necessity is the mother of invention then accidents/mistakes are the really sweet step-mother. You never asked for her, but she can come in and cause something to emerge from you that you didn’t even know was present. To make my point, I will highlight just a few inventions that were created by mistake in … More Accidental Vision
Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about my contribution to the world. It’s not like I am trying to figure out what my “life purpose” is. It’s more about trying to stay in my natural flow. The essence of the word contribution is essentially to “flow with”. As I see it, God is The Flow … More Enter Into The Realm of Flow
Living in Colorado, I see a lot of people taking extreme risks and pushing themselves to their physical limits. At least in the Boulder area, it is a way of life for many people. If I drive up the canyon, I see people taking risks on a rock face. They get a hold on a … More Raise Your Voice: Healing Society Through Conversational Risks
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
Today I came across this post that I wrote for an older blog 3 years ago. With so many different family configurations, I felt that this might be a good post to share again. Recently, I hit a wall with trying to express some of my outlooks on the world when it hit me that … More On Being A Single Mother In A Married Father’s Body
On July 17, 2016, I preached a sermon entitled “Broken For You”. The idea behind the sermon came down to the idea that if people took 100% responsibility for their lives the whole world would be transformed in an instant. The spark for the sermon came from Jesus’ teaching that those who desire to follow … More If You Don’t Bear Your Cross, Someone Else Will Have To
How do you relate to the labels that have been assigned to you or that you have assumed? Are they prisons that bind you or do they demonstrate choices that you have made and relationships that you are a part of? Do you define the labels or do the labels define you? Here is a … More Do Your Names and Labels Define You?
“Marisa Tomei! Hallelujah! Marisa Tomei! Thank you Jesus! Marisa Tomei! Now I can eat. Amen.” What you just read was an approximation of my thoughts just before dinner tonight. I am presently on a retreat for new pastors and today is our day of silence. With the exception of a short session for spiritual direction, … More And out of the Silence…Marisa Tomei