“As a white Christian male, let me say that there is zero room -nay even less than that- for hatred or violence toward anyone of any race, gender, religion, handicap, or sexual orientation. Sometimes pastors and Christians don't post on these topics because of their controversy, but we cannot let other "Christians" misrepresent us unchecked. … Continue reading Xenophobia meet Philoxenos
I had a class in college where the professor allowed us bring in a song as part of a show and tell. It wasn’t something you were required to do, just if you wanted to. The professor was great. He was the type of guy who cared about you deeply and could have celestial conversations … Continue reading Real Feelings Allowed
Last week our youth group, along with a couple of other churches, did some mission work in Detroit. We collaborated with a sister church to put on a bible program for children in the local neighborhood. The program consisted of lunch, field trips, games and a basic overview of the bible. I think everyone on … Continue reading Come back the next day: thoughts on grace.
I just finished watching the series “13 reasons why” the Netflix show that a couple of weeks ago was causing a ruckus. It only took a few days, but that’s because I plan to cancel my Netflix account after the free one month trial, not because I was binge watching. In fact, I debated watching … Continue reading 13 Reasons
Tomorrow morning in youth group, I am going to tell my students that they don’t have to bring their friends to church. As a part-time youth pastor with only a handful of regularly attending students, you might think I’m crazy to tell them such a thing. I promise I haven’t jumped off the deep end. … Continue reading Church Dependent Evangelism
In college, we had this joke in the theology department that John Wesley was the third member of the trinity. Being a university with a Methodist heritage, Wesley’s thoughts and writings permeated every class we took. We were reminded of the Wesleyan quadrilateral as we walked through the central courtyard of campus, its pillars on … Continue reading You’re not the third member of the trinity.
Have you ever won anything? A contest, sweepstakes, anything? It’s a surreal feeling when out of the hundreds of names, yours is picked. Even winning a couple of bucks on a scratch off does something for us. Science says that little win releases dopamine and testosterone in our brain. That’s why gambling can become addictive … Continue reading #Losing