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

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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

Unity, Nonviolence, and Not Being Content: 3 Enlivening Christian Messages We Need More than Ever

It’s interesting to me that in America we pride ourselves on the separation of Church and state, yet they really aren’t … and both suffer from it.  Now, this is just a quick hit of me trying to encourage us to greater care and compassion, so please keep that in mind. 🙂 It’s interesting to … Continue reading Unity, Nonviolence, and Not Being Content: 3 Enlivening Christian Messages We Need More than Ever

The Treason of Christianity: Reflecting on the Revolution Began on Good Friday

Jesus was killed for treason, a treason that changed the world and can transform our lives. His journey toward and into death on Good Friday was the onset of a revolution that I think is beautifully summed up by U2’s song, “Love is Bigger than Anything in Its Way”. To be more specific, Jesus was … Continue reading The Treason of Christianity: Reflecting on the Revolution Began on Good Friday

A Practical, But Challenging Way We Can Make Sense of and Respond to the Vegas Massacre

“Love alone is credible; nothing else can be believed, and nothing else ought to be believed. … The first thing that must strike a non-Christian about the Christian’s faith is that it obviously presumes far too much. It is too good to be true.” - Hans Urs von Balthasar “Love is the strongest force the … Continue reading A Practical, But Challenging Way We Can Make Sense of and Respond to the Vegas Massacre

Names Matter: Realizing Jesus’ Actual Name was Joshua Will Change Your Life

“God becomes and God un-becomes.” “I pray God to rid me of God.” - Meister Eckhart “God is only our name for it, and the closer we get to it, the more it ceases to be God.” - John O’Donohue restating Meister Eckhart’s words   By speaking “God”, we speak less of and less than … Continue reading Names Matter: Realizing Jesus’ Actual Name was Joshua Will Change Your Life