You’re so vain, you probably think this Psalm is about you

You’re so vain, you probably think this Psalm is about you

Things are getting scary around here.

Have you noticed?

Ferguson. ISIL. Iran (again). Russia (again).

Phil Robertson.

The Duck Dynasty dude is a fellow Christ follower, but I can’t help but be pretty discouraged by that right now. The Robertsons have done a lot to show…

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Na-nu Na-nu — some thoughts to add to thousands of others about #RobinWilliams

Na-nu Na-nu — some thoughts to add to thousands of others about #RobinWilliams

Everyone’s devastated.*  No one can wrap their heads around this.  When positive, hilarious people like Robin Williams–literally a comedic actor–take their lives, it sends us all spinning.  As well it should.

Nanu NanuI grew up watching Mork and Mindy, like so many people my age.  I dreamed of sucking down a glass of milk with my finger.  I shook hands like a typical Orkan.  I even had Mork’s suspenders! …

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I’m Not Your Pastor…Yet.

I’m Not Your Pastor…Yet.

Brian Swanson:

If there’s a better written expression of what it means to be a pastor and all that entails, I haven’t read it. We’ll put, my friend, in so many places–both on your post and in my own life as my friend, pastor, and colleague.

Everyone else, read this if you have a relationship with a pastor, no matter how crazy they are!

Originally posted on Big Rubber Band Ball:

bible3I love being a…

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Death in his grave - #HappyEaster #Easter2014

Death in its grave #HappyEaster #Easter2014

Death is in his grave.  Where, O Death, is your sting?

You have lost.

“Though the Earth Cried out for blood
Satisfied her hunger was
Her billows calmed on raging seas
for the souls on men she craved

“Sun and moon from balcony
Turned their head in disbelief
Their precious Love would taste the sting
disfigured and disdained

Death in his grave - 4-20-14 - 1“On Friday a thief
On Sunday a King
Laid down in grief
But awoke with keys

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Capitalism is broken. — #10questions6voices #rethinkchurch #workersrights #immigrationreform

Capitalism is broken.

There, I said it.

More retro clipart at is broken.  But so is every other form of economic theory, lest you think I’m commie pink on the inside. (Why would that be utterly horrible if it were true, anyway?!?)

When broken humans practice economics, selfishness takes over.  That’s why communism fails.  The people in power abuse it.  It’s why capitalism fails.  The people in power abuse it and the…

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Pull my finger spirituality — #rethinkchurch #spirituality

#spirituality #rethinkchurch

Mountains.  A babbling brook.  The sunset.  (I’m not able to put sunrise on the list because I’m never up that early.)  A humble person serving someone else.

These are all ways that people see God’s presence or God at work in the world.  These are all on my list, too.  But, as the Rethink Church experimentis asking us, where do you see God’s presence in the unexpected?  In their words, “Where are…

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Be who you are, where you are, open to God using you to influence people. #IamaMissionary #vocation

Be who you are, where you are, open to God using you to influence people. #IamaMissionary

Fine.  I’ll say it.

Be who you are - 3 - 3-26-14I have a theological crush on Dan White Jr.  I’m not ashamed.  The bro gets me thinking about how I live out my faith as a Jesus follower.

Check out this truth that he just puts out there.

“Our imaginations love the idea of incarnation but our schedules hate the inconvenience of it.”

If you’re lost as to what Dan’s talking about, this idea of incarnation is what Jesus was/is…

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You Give Love a Bad NameOR “Fred Phelps, the prophetic imagination, & #loveconquershate”

You Give Love a Bad NameOR “Fred Phelps, the prophetic imagination, & #loveconquershate”

Rachael: “Fred Phelps died today.”

My mom: “Who?”

R: “You know, that guy who was against gay rights.”

Mom: “I have no idea who you’re talking about.”

R: “He’s the Westboro Baptist Church guy.”

Mom: “Oh yeah, now I know who you’re talking about.”

I love this conversation for many reasons. The most important is that I hope Fred Phelps’ name fades out of our collective memory–fast.

I’d be willing to

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DO NOT PUSH THE BIG, RED BUTTON - #basicneeds #temptation @umrethinkchurch

DO NOT PUSH THE BIG, RED BUTTON – #basicneeds #temptation @umrethinkchurch


You wanna push it, don’t you?

Admit it. C’mon, it’s safe to do so. You know you’re tempted.


I want to set up this as a gag in a mall somewhere and watch people react to it. For every time someone pushes it, I think it would be so fun to have something new happen. All good stuff–things that would bring joy like balloons and confetti dropping out of the ceiling or a…

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Loving bad guys

"Dad, do you love a bad guy?"

The following conversation took place between my 5 year old daughter and me while watching TV.

“Dad, do you love a bad guy?”

“Uhm…what do you mean?”

“Do you love a bad guy?”

Dad do you love a bad guy - 1“Are you asking if I love a specific bad guy?”  [I’m thinking that she means a specific super hero’s nemesis, like Magneto or Doc Ock.]


“No, sweetheart.  I don’t love a bad guy.”

“But do you like bad guys?”

“No, I…

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