Are You Really a Good Person?

I worked closely for several years with a lady that I will always dearly admire. She is truly an amazing person with a huge heart filled with kindness and compassion. She is among the most positive people I’ve ever known. She always sees the good in a person, always. That’s just her heart’s default setting. I so admire her. I… Continue reading

Compare & Contrast!

You know, my father and grandfather (his father) were, much like those generations in general, really good men. Both were very generous with what little they had. They were both kind, compassionate men that had a habit of being quietly helpful. They believed that people, especially family, were more important than things. Unlike me, I can’t recall ever hearing my… Continue reading

Authentic Living As Motion

Being Stuck Today, for some odd reason, I woke up pondering “being stuck.” I don’t mean being physically stuck, but being stuck in a perspective of what life is. I read the Facebook posts of 95% of the people with whom I went to high school and am in wonder at how their perspectives are virtually the very same as… Continue reading

Freedom and The New Tyranny

I’ve witnessed the oddest thing in my lifetime—something I never could have imagined. As a child, I attended an ultra conservative christian school where I was taught about the separation of church and state. The church in these United States of America was to enjoy a freedom from the tyranny of government. The church was to stay out of politics… Continue reading

The High Price of Hate

I’ve blogged before about how the extremists in religious fundamentalism are killing faith practice in this country. We have further proof: The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life (a project from the Pew Research Center) reports that in the last 5 years alone, the group of people who self label as having no religious affiliation has gone up 5%… Continue reading

Great Quotation; Great Sign

I came across this quotation and jotted it down for later but didn’t document the source. My apologies. 🙁 But it’s too good not to share. It’s good because it helps define a serious issue. Why, in order to love God, must we now hate people?” Only in extremism… And then we have this little poignant bumper sticker:… Continue reading

The Actual State of Marriage in the US

Today, an interesting article appeared in my news feed that made me curious enough to do more reading about marriage and divorce. The facts, when isolated from a conservative or liberal agenda, are sobering, fascinating, and not at all what one might think given media coverage of the same. Here is an encapsulated version of the information I found. The… Continue reading

No Other Name Under Heaven

Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” Source: Acts 4:12 (NIV) Christ. Follow Christ. Be a Christian. The central message of the New Testament. Many Americans have even begun to use being “Christian” as a litmus test for the presidency. This month I… Continue reading

A Sermon that Resonates

I stumbled upon this by accident. Normally, I’m not patient enough to watch a YouTube video that’s 18 minutes long. But Dr. Ray immediately caught my attention with his concept of the Canon within the Canon. What he says in this short sermon resonates deeply with me. The message of the real Christ of the Canon is social justice. Faith… Continue reading

It’s All Marketing

I read this tweet from @Wolfrum and in an instant realized that religion is one of the oldest and most successful marketing platforms in the history of humankind. The church has defined culture through the ages: whose work was “in” and whose work was of no value. It decided what was heresy and what was the word of God. And… Continue reading