love is in the air

February 26, 2009

my friend Hannah recently wrote a note on Facebook talking about places where love is revealed in her life.  about how love can be very difficult to capture and even to give, but that it’s all around us if we’ll recognize it and let it do its outside the lines sorta painting.

i agreed with her.  i think love trumps all.  the Bible says this, too.  and though we live in a culture that encourages us to subvert love for our own demands and pleasure (proper name=lust), as the cultivators and redeemers that God has designed us to be, Christians ought to be the most affluent in spending love with their lives.  on a side note, when we approach culture without love as the life of our message, we miss the whole story of God throughout creation.

but this got me thinking, like Hannah, about pieces of my life where i see love reflected.  not just things or people i love, but what most regularly exemplifies love to me.  so here’s a few: Read the rest of this entry »

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alleys of kingdom come

February 23, 2009

Grunge AlleyJesus had just started.  he was just getting going.  and some guys came to ask him questions.  his cousin, John, had heard the rumors that Jesus was claiming to be the One.  the One that generations had longed for.  the One that John was wacked out for, living a life so outside the box that people couldn’t help but pay attention.

and so he sent some guys to find out the truth.

they arrive and ask this Jesus character if what they’ve heard is true.  is he the One?!  and Truth answers:

Go back and report to John what you hear and see: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor.

wait.

that’s not what i was expecting.  if the church today were “the guys,” what would we have told John?  because this seems a bit off message…   Read the rest of this entry »


the double eagle

February 21, 2009

last night i had the privilege to hang out with 130 middle school students all night long at our annual all-nighter called “That Thing.”  we had a blast at the Kent State Rec Center for the night playing basketball, dodgeball, soccer, swimming, rock climbing, eating and generally being goofy.  as part of the night, we shared who Christ is through a little video that my pal, Derke Urey, helped me make.  Take a look & let me know what you think… Read the rest of this entry »


pornifying people

February 20, 2009

412929_8392i have spent a lot of time in my life researching pornography.  first as a (seemingly) hopelessly addicted consumer and now as a porn crusader of sorts, bringing what little illumination i can to the dark (but ever-brightening) paths that lead to a sun-drenched freedom.  

so when it was published today that researchers at Princeton had determined that young men objectify women in bikini’s, i can’t say i was particularly surprised.  but i was interested.  it turns out that when men look at images of scantily clad women, their “brain areas associated with handling tools and the intention to perform actions” are activated.  my translation of this is that in some sense women lose the “imago dei” that we’ve all been infused with and become merely steps along a path to self-centered personal pleasure. Read the rest of this entry »


You’re gonna die…

February 16, 2009

picture-54this past weekend i had the privilege of attending & speaking at a great conference in Pittsburgh, PA called Jubilee.  Jubilee has long been a spiritual pilgrimage for me…i think this was 7th or 8th time attending, though it was my first time leading breakouts (one on porn & one on youth ministry).  

Jubilee is put on by the CCO, a group that transforms college students to transform the world.  what it does better than any other conference that i’ve been to or know of is in challenging and enabling participants (mostly college-aged students) to grasp and live how Christ’s redemptive and restorative power is at work throughout the entirety of culture.  business, entertainment, education, healthcare, vocational ministry, social sectors, arts, literature…you name it and He wants us to be his agents of redemptive change. Read the rest of this entry »


Rick Warren’s round house kick

February 12, 2009

chuck-norris-split-rockthere was a lot of buzz a few weeks ago over the two prayers that were delivered as part of the inauguration.  i personally genuinely appreciated them both.  but what i didn’t grasp was an entire second level to Rick Warren’s prayer that Chuck Norris, using his super human round house kicking powers, lays out quite articulately in this article.  here’s the opening:

I know inaugural news and commentary are already passé. But I could not find one report this past week that caught what I believe was the most subtle, strategic and possibly subversive moment of the inauguration ceremony. Did you catch it?

 i am not particularly a fan of Chuck, but i think this is really good stuff.  what do you think?

>>ht to neatorama for the image and josh griffin for the article


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