Spiritual entrepreneurship and core values.

David Kinnaman, the author of UnChristian, recently gave an interview in which he had this to say about the changing times we are experiencing in the Christian Faith: “I think we are likely to see a time of spiritual entrepreneurship that we have not seen in centuries. By that I mean many new ventures for … Continue reading

A Short Prayer

Habits are hard to form, and easy to break. At least that’s the case for me and this blog. It’s also the case with prayer. Sometimes we get too busy doing the stuff that we think we should be doing that we forget to slow down, take heart, and wake up to what God is … Continue reading

Change…

Earth Hour

Tonight the lights go out. People from across the globe are participating in Earth Hour, a global cooperative program designed to shed awareness on climate change. Major cities from across the world, from Sydney to New York, from Los Angeles to Dubai, have planned to participate. A complete blackout of those major cities would be … Continue reading

the dirty word of evangelism

Evangelism might as well be labeled a four letter word. It has become, in many circles, synonymous with televangelist marketing that seems to care more for the pocketbook than the heart. It had gotten to a point with me that I had begun trying to develop a new vocabulary to talk about the work of … Continue reading

Sermon Notes March 15

It was requested that I post today’s sermon notes, so here they are. If you need any help deciphering them, just let me know! John is the “maverick” gospel – stories are different from the other gospels, as John’s stories are usually  more concerned about Jesus’ divinity.  An exception is the story of Jesus overturning the tables in the … Continue reading

Why I remain a United Methodist

Jenny Smith started a whole series of young United Methodists offering reasons why they are still United Methodists with her blog. I like her list, and mine will be similar in scope and fashion. Let me begin by making clear that I am first and foremost a follower of Jesus. To borrow Rob Bell’s metaphor, … Continue reading

Lent Devotions Week 3

Celebration and Worship Day 1 Read the Verse Exodus 20:4-6 (New International Version) 4 “You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. 5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD … Continue reading

A prayer for Winnenden

15 people have been killed in a school-shooting spree in Winnenden, Germany.  Even though it is a world away, I feel as though it might as well have been much closer.  In the past week, the professions that both my wife and I find myself in have experienced gun violence – a church and a … Continue reading

One Laptop per child

I was first introduced to the one laptop per child initiative by Suzanne Buchele, who is a professor at Southwestern University in Georgetown. It is a program that hopes to make the world a little more accessible by offering laptops to children across the world who would otherwise have little access to a computer. It … Continue reading

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