The Politics of Christianity

As fear of COVID-19 and the divisiveness of a presidential election sweep across America, I'm reminded how very political Jesus was in pretty UN-American ways.  At a minimum, I believe the Christ invites people of any, or no, religion to a new, incredible way of being human.  One marked by togetherness, interdependence, caring for all, … Continue reading The Politics of Christianity

The Life Changing Power of “This”

Yoga, it seems to me, can be summed up as the practice of this'ness.  Enjoying this breath.  Loving this person.  Witnessing this moment.  Caring for this world.  Cherishing this body.  Drinking in this scenery.  Giving our all to this task.  Listening well to this word.  Savoring this food.  Fully feeling this emotion or sensation ... especially ones we prefer to avoid.  Yoga is the radical embrace, presence, working with, experience, and Love of THIS. Some … Continue reading The Life Changing Power of “This”

Don’t Fake It Until You Make It, Face It Until You Embrace It!

Parts of me are scared, nervous, and frustrated ... and it's fantastic!  You see, partially by choice, and partially not, my occupational energies are shifting to destinations unknown along paths previously untraveled.  Honestly, it's scary, thrilling, and paralyzing. Satya, the yogic practice of truthfulness, invites us to lovingly be honest with and about ourselves, and … Continue reading Don’t Fake It Until You Make It, Face It Until You Embrace It!

5 Ways the Cross Reveals Everything We Need to Know About Life and Death

Hello beautiful beings!  I hope you’re having a fabulous day.  While I was out for a run and listening to a podcast the other day, in a sermon I heard Greg Boyd say: Everything you need to know about life, others, yourself, and God is revealed by Jesus on the cross.  This rang True to … Continue reading 5 Ways the Cross Reveals Everything We Need to Know About Life and Death

Meditation on Becoming a Passer of Peace

What's one of your favorite words?  One I especially adore, and have a tat of, is "shalom".  While this Hebrew word is typically translated "peace", it also means wholeness, unity, and harmony.  It's basically shorthand for "everything as it should be".  Powerful stuff.  Along those lines, I recall in seminary talking about the collective shalom brought by … Continue reading Meditation on Becoming a Passer of Peace

Mother Jesus: A Call for Healing Over Hurting

I’m retired from the Air Force and have a M.A. in Ancient History.  I share this because I used to think violence, power, conquest, etc. in the name of freedom and liberty was a good thing.  I believed the usual forms of strength and ferocity would solve the problem of evil in the world.  YET, … Continue reading Mother Jesus: A Call for Healing Over Hurting

3 Ways Jesus Shows God and Life are Better Than Believable: Forgiveness, Harmony, and Love

Frequently, when my wife, Lisa, comes up in conversations with others, I’ll earnestly tell them she’s the best person since Jesus.  What I mean by that is there’s the regular ways of the world … and then, on a completely different level, there’s the inspiring, empowering, and enlivening Way of Jesus, which Lisa displays better … Continue reading 3 Ways Jesus Shows God and Life are Better Than Believable: Forgiveness, Harmony, and Love

The Original Revolutionary Christmas Message: Still Bolder than We Want & More Beautiful than We Can Imagine

Recently, when my wife shared with me how someone had been super unkind to her (the details aren’t mine to share), something within me wanted twice the suffering to be visited on this person … I may have even half-jokingly talked about going all vigilante ninja, to avenge Lisa, on said individual.  That it’s natural … Continue reading The Original Revolutionary Christmas Message: Still Bolder than We Want & More Beautiful than We Can Imagine

Why Replacing “Them” with “Us” will Change the World

There is no path topeace; peace isthe path.  It seems to me one of the biggest problems in the world today is division.  All too often when people think, look, believe, and/or act differently from us, we name them other, which all too easily allows and pushes us to exclude, ridicule, demonize, and even harm … Continue reading Why Replacing “Them” with “Us” will Change the World

Beauty and Love Stalk Us: A Few Thoughts on the Mind-Blowing Good News of Psalm 23

I’ve had the weirdest experience in my 40s that maybe you can relate to, perhaps you haven’t gotten that “old” yet, or it could be I’m a bit crazy. 🙂 I can’t tell you how many times a saying, an idea, a belief, a story, and so on that had become old hat, trite, cliché, … Continue reading Beauty and Love Stalk Us: A Few Thoughts on the Mind-Blowing Good News of Psalm 23