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)?
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
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
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
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
"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