On the Hell We’ve Seen and the Kingdom He Gives…

My God, the hell we’ve seen. We were the leftovers – the miscreants and the not good enoughs, bound together by a common thread of failure and misfortune. Each of us, unimpressive in our ways, were the poor in heart and the impoverished in spirit. It seems a funny thing to say, but we didn’t come… [Keep Reading]

On Church Fights and Frustrations…

Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord, Lord’ will enter into the kingdom of heaven. Only those who do the will of my Father will enter. – Jesus of Nazareth Much has been made of that statement, and other narrow-road passages like it, in an attempt to defend the closed doors and heavy yokes of… [Keep Reading]

On Culture Wars, Revolution, and Palm Sunday…

  They were a people who felt like strangers in their own country. They were the underdogs – some would say the antagonists – in their culture wars. They lived in a society that had brazenly kicked God to the curb; a culture accepting of things that were unfit to talk about at the dinner… [Keep Reading]

A Kingdom Within a Crowd (a #newstory about God)…

To know them was no remarkable thing. They weren’t renegades nor were they rebels – no, the fight had long died from their hearts. Men with little status and women with hushed voices, they were the ones bidding their time in the margins. Tax payers with blue collars.  Those with mortgages in foreclosure.  Part-timers. Disability… [Keep Reading]

On Wine with Grandma (a #newstory about God)…

We’ve been at the dinner table for hours – she reminiscing and doting in her grandmotherly ways, and me waiting for it to all come crashing down. To be frank, I don’t understand why she’s dragging this out. We all know what’s bound to happen next; the conversation will shift into her disappointment of what… [Keep Reading]

Why We Need New Stories About God…

In the beginning… And thus begins the story of humanity with three small words, setting into motion a story that unfolds like no other – stories of kings and their kingdoms, heavens and hells, catastrophic events and raucous celebrations, even spiritual beasts and mere men. Oh, and a God who becomes one of us. As… [Keep Reading]