Last night the Monday night study group I’m in watched the movie Silence . The film takes place in 17th century, feudal Japan and is told from the point of view of a pair of Portuguese Jesuit priests (Sebastião Rodrigues and Francisco Garupe – played by Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver) who, travel there in an […]
Is this really His plan?
Another day, and another mass shooting (or more than one) hits the news. In the wake of these senseless acts many are drawn to ask some very straight forward questions… How can a loving God fail to intervene and stop the harm that humans cause in this world? If God has a plan for us, […]
Radical Inclusion Should Not Be Radical
In my most recent two posts I presented some snippets of ideas from Brian McLaren’s book The Secret Message of Jesus. Those posts dealt with a touchy topic. That is, considering the possibility that there may be limits to inclusion. Now, I would like to challenge you to consider the extensiveness of radical inclusion that […]
The small, insignificant, and easily over-looked reveals God’s glory
– every teaching Jesus had about how God creates something glorious starts with something small. Never once did Jesus say the Kingdom of Heaven is like a Fortune 500 Company with super happy shareholders. It’s always something small, insignificant, easily over-looked…these are the things that reveal the glory of God. I mean, after all, in […]
I Choose to Have Faith. I Also Choose the Faith That I Have.
Recently, a quote from something I wrote was posted by a friend on her Facebook wall. That quote was… “The smallest ripples generated by an act of faith will produce waves that can’t be ignored.” Someone else then posted this comment… ‘Replace “faith” with “goodness” and you have a winner. Otherwise you could say the […]
As I walked from the office to the train this evening my mind began to compose. This happens to me on a fairly frequent basis. Typically, my morning musings bear the fruit of more shareable ponderings, but tonight I feel that my evening stroll through that odd blend of mind and spirit was worth pondering […]
All In (Part II)
I was recently asked to write an article for my church’s e-devotion series. I was assigned a theme. I was pretty surprised when I learned that the theme was “Go All In and Make Waves”. I’d written my original thoughts about going “all in” back in July. Now I have another shot at it with […]
I’ve often contemplated potential life changes. The reasons for doing so vary. In the end, I suppose I have some deep understanding that the change would be appropriate. Yet, I hesitate. I find ways to commit to the change partially, managing to hang on to a piece of my prior way of living. I manage […]
I once had a professor who emphasized the point that God’s creation is not static. He continually creates. For some reason I had trouble with this concept. The world we live in seems pretty static to me. Think about it. In the traditional creation stories God is creating some rather big stuff. Earth, wind, sky, […]