Our church is in a multi-cultural suburb that is located right between the cities where Philando Castile and Jamar Clark were killed by police officers. And our church was asked to host a Police and community listening session which was being facilitated by a Multi-Cultural Advisory Committee to the police in our city of Columbia Heights, Minnesota. And I was asked to be a facilitator.
The recent fire storm around Colin Kaepernick points at something that Christians in each generation need to ask themselves. How much reverence Christians should show the rulers we live under? This is a paradox going back to the very first churches. The very first generations of Christians refused to pledge their allegiance to the Roman Empire. … Continue reading Christians for Kaepernick
If you or someone you love is trying thinking about cutting down or getting off their medication, take it from me, its hard work. And remember that there is probably a good reason why you got on the medication in the first place.
I still believe in Mission Trips. Just as long as we get clear on what the Mission is. A 21st Century mission trip should feel more like a mini study abroad program. Service Learning is what they call it in non-Christian circles. But like most things, churches have stuck with the old – and albeit … Continue reading We Still Need Mission Trips – We Just Need a New Mission
Most kids don’t know the difference between a Social Conservative and Democratic Socialist. But they do know what hate is. And when they hear us declaring our hate for the a politician we see on TV, our the kids figure out pretty quick that the person you hate is someone that you disagree with. So when we say,“I HATE Hilary or Trump or whoever it is you hate” Our kids hear, “I hate people who disagree with me.”
With the speed of the 24 hour news machine it feels like all too often human lives are reduced to talking points. Instead of trying to untangle complex human stories, journalist and talking heads take one look at a news story and process the days news through their pre-existing narratives. So I wondered what Cable News would have done to Jesus. How would they have covered Jesus’ final days in Jerusalem. This is how I imagine it would have gone.