To Be Like God

Long before Matt Williams was the third-base coach of the Arizona Diamondbacks, he played the “hot-corner” for the San Francisco Giants. And he was my hero. I remember sitting in Candlestick Park, the wind whipping the sand from the infield all the way to the upper-deck, dreaming of wearing number nine, fielding short-hops, and hitting…

The Road to Freedom Via Gunpoint

Years ago, my friend Brian told me a story about Harriet Tubman, a black woman who escaped to the North at the brink of the Civil War. Tubman is famous for her work in the “Underground Railroad,” which consisted largely of her 19 visits back to the South to free slaves during America’s bloodiest time.…

Protecting Our Words From Eroding into Idiocracy

There is a brilliant movie that everybody should watch called Idiocracy. The premise of this gem is that two average people are frozen in time, which is the perfect start to any plot. The story goes that as time goes on, the brains behind the whole freezing operation are driven out of power and the…

Our Story is Revolutionary

(What marks us as Christians) is unreserved love for our enemies, for the unloving and the unloved, love for our religious, political and personal adversaries. In every case it is the love which was fulfilled in the cross of Christ. –Bonhoeffer There cannot be anything more revolutionary than a lifestyle of love for our enemies.…

Simple Words

Words hold a unique power to give life and to take it away. It is no minor detail that the Christian story begins with a God who speaks. In the beginning, God spoke the earth into existence, piece by piece. First, he formed the stuff of life, in the old theologian’s terms, ex nihilo, that…

Seeking Justice For Our Own Injustices

The test of the morality of a society is what it does for its children. -Dietrich Bonhoeffer Well, it happened again. The police swooped in and arrested a professor at one of the top Christian universities and he now awaits his trial on charges of the possession of child pornography. As many times as these…

Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus- but take your time…

Come, Thou long expected Jesus; Born to set Thy people free; From our fears and sins release us, Let us find our rest in Thee. Early on in the professional wanderings of Jesus, the misfit band of God-in-flesh and his fishermen entourage came across an infirmary. This particular group of handicapped folks hung out in…

Friendship is for Those Who Fear

One little phrase from David sums up this strange relationship we have with the love of God. The friendship of the Lord is for those who fear him. Love is only for the frightened. Camaraderie is reserved for those who are willing to be weak. Jesus can only be our homeboy if we are scared…

Hope that Stands on One Foot

The prophet Amos had a rough life. He was born and raised to be a shepherd when, all of a sudden, one night in the fields, the word of the Lord came to him. That was it. His life was never the same. Instead of speaking softly to sheep, fending off wolves, Amos found himself…