Could I(You) Have Been Anyone Other Than Me(You)?

I once said "the music in heaven will be all Dave Matthews Band, all the time" ... at church ... to hundreds of people.  I mention that to express how much I LOVE the band.  Dave's music moves me so deeply I have a tattoo of his lyrics that speak a poignant Truth: "Could I have … Continue reading Could I(You) Have Been Anyone Other Than Me(You)?

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The Surprising Way Noah’s Flood Story is Good News Relevant to Us Today

I was talking to my friend Olya the other day about using Instagram to spread good vibes.  I frequently take pictures of myself doing yoga poses, which I post with a few thoughts to inspire and encourage people.  To increase my influence/followers and thus magnify my ability to spread Love, Olya suggested I consider having … Continue reading The Surprising Way Noah’s Flood Story is Good News Relevant to Us Today

The Namaste Revolution

You know how we typically pray with eyes closed and head bowed?  From what I understand, it appears the early Christians prayed with their heads raised, because they understood we’re all masterpieces from a marvelous Maker and lowering their heads was a mark of shame.  Is it good and important to be humble?  For sure! They … Continue reading The Namaste Revolution

We are God’s Selfies

My wife, Lisa, and I watched “The Greatest Showman” with Hugh Jackman the other night, and OH MY WORD, it was FANTASTIC!!!  So, so, so good!  I cried with sorrow and joy, delighted in the music and choreography (it’s a musical), and was DEEPLY moved by its message of including and celebrating the marginalized, excluded, … Continue reading We are God’s Selfies

A Case for Naming Ourselves “Beloved” Instead of “Sinners”: Shame Doesn’t Belong in the Reign of Love

We become what we think about. - Earl Nightingale   Recently a friend of mine was having a REALLY hard day and tearfully shared with me: “What is WRONG with ME?” The story isn’t mine to tell, so I’ll just say my confidant was heartbroken and disoriented. As we talked for a while my heart … Continue reading A Case for Naming Ourselves “Beloved” Instead of “Sinners”: Shame Doesn’t Belong in the Reign of Love

Our Job is to Remind Each Other of Our Inherent Goodness: Moving “Past” Original Sin to Original Blessing

"It is not that if I am moral, then I will be loved by God; rather, I must first come to experience God’s love, and then I will—almost naturally—be moral." - Richard Rohr   When you peel back the layers of a person, when you move beneath our experiences, stories, and ways we’ve been formed by … Continue reading Our Job is to Remind Each Other of Our Inherent Goodness: Moving “Past” Original Sin to Original Blessing