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Can Christians Rock This Town?

Yes, I see the Church as the body of Christ. But, oh! How we have blemished and scarred that body through social neglect and fear of being nonconformist. There was a time when the Church was very powerful... In those days the Church was not merely a thermometer that recorded the ideas and principles of popular opinion; it was a thermostat that transformed the mores of society. ~ Martin Luther King Jr. (Letter from Birmingham Jail - 1963) Can we … [Read more...]

Taking Back God

I was reading Letter from Birmingham Jail recently. It's been said that anyone who reads this letter will be compelled to do something - whatever that something is - even today. It's true. It's powerful. This quote stuck out to me. King writes: We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed. King, was obviously focused on Civil Rights. I heard his words in light of the … [Read more...]

Is Loneliness Killing You – Probably

Have you noticed that it's no longer necessary to acknowledge another human being no matter how close you encounter them. Whether on the sidewalk, in an elevator, the grocery line, it's no longer common courtesy to crack a smile, or nod. We can just glance down at our iPhone, or look away - doesn't matter. Does anyone see a problem with this? I'm serious. I'm not being rhetorical. We think we're connected (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, Instant Messages), … [Read more...]

What About The Christians!

What about the Christians? Numbers are dwindling. People are falling away. Pastors are quitting. What happened to the Good News? Jesus must be rolling over in his...wait a minute... The answer to these questions for some might be: who cares. Others, perhaps more compassionate, or less resentful, or actual followers of Jesus, might be a tad worried. Worry is not the appropriate response. God is not worried. The message of Jesus - the one that caused … [Read more...]

How Can I Be Happy – Community

When seeking happiness sometimes it's good to look at what not to do. A recent story jumps out in regards to a neighborhood community - or lack thereof - that shows that without a community spirit, the journey of life gets pretty dull. True story... Neighbor "A" installed a giant fence around their yard 18 inches back from the property line. They mulched the outer 18 inch section all the way around. None of this is a big deal unless the other … [Read more...]

Where Is The Love?

There's lots of talk about progress, technology, new medications, and new ways to communicate. Some is good. A lot is distracting. We're led down an interesting road. A perpetual one. Our lives and culture perpetually spin with busyness and nonsense that we don't even question it. Instead we buy in and follow along. Here's a great quote from Alfie Kohn to put this in perspective. He's speaking about the culture of education, but it has larger¬† … [Read more...]

The Global Leadership Summit – 2012

For several years I've been attending The Global Leadership Summit. It's a place where I can hear world leaders (e.g., Jack Welch, Bono, Tony Blair, Tim Keller...etc) talk about their journey, and their experiences. Every year I've been completely blown away. You do have to put up with some "religious" stuff - but it's not too overbearing - and God can work around it anyway. There are over 200 satellite host sites - all the way from Anchorage to … [Read more...]

How You Can Be Happy – Laugh

Laughter is such an important aspect to happiness. It's not just to relieve symptoms of sadness or blah, but the deep spiritual connection it creates when experienced between people. Laughter, while important for lots of emotional and health reasons, works best when experienced in relationship - this is an important piece that often gets left out. Think about when we watch a funny TV show or YouTube video. One of the first things we do is to look to … [Read more...]

Two Decades Of Symptoms Cured

Remember all those miracles in the bible? Jesus, especially. Word spread like a Hollywood rumor of his healing power. People flocked to him. Does this still happen today? Is healing real? I had an amazing healing experience recently. It went like this... A little background. I've suffered from digestive issues for decades. Bloating was one of the many symptoms. I visited doctors galore to address this and other, more graphic, symptoms. Nothing … [Read more...]

The Underground Movement

The video below has received 21 million views on YouTube, as of this posting. It's bold. It's fresh. It's prophetic. There are a couple of things to note. One could argue some of its points. But, one can argue any point. In short, he (Jeff Bethke) poetically nails much of the disgust with religious hypocrisy. Christianity has in many respects barred people from Jesus. The message of Jesus has been misunderstood. Sometimes severely. Therefore it gets … [Read more...]