Charlottesville, Violence and a Vision for a Way Forward

This past weekend, Neo-Nazi demonstrators- including a number of terrorists armed militia-style gathered under 150 miles from the nation’s capital. They assembled to protest the city of Charlottesville’s decision to cease the practice of venerating a well-known leader of a violent contingent that once attempted to destroy the United States of America. Only after 1.2…

Mundane Suffering

A prophet is not without dishonor except in his own hometown. If I ever get put in charge of making editorial changes in the bible, you can bet that the first story that would hit the cutting room floor is the story of Jesus’ rejection in his hometown. The story is a serious downer. And…

Food and Spirituality

Up until a couple of months ago, my food choices were largely based upon two simple rules: 1. Is it cheap? 2. Is it sweet/fried/salty or otherwise “tasty?” But lately, something has changed. I have done a bit of math and found out that, at the absolute earliest, the first time I would ever be…

Ecstasy without Transformation

The other day I came across an article in a local newspaper from sometime in the summer, because, you know, I like to stay on top of things. The article was describing the best Christians in the city of Seattle, so naturally, I was looking for my own name. Hey, I’ve only been in town…