Adam and Eve
May 18, 2016


The Christian story begins with Adam and Eve.  The very first book in the bible, the book of Genesis, introduces us to them.  Adam and Eve were placed in the garden of Eden by God to live.  Satan arrives on the     scene ( i guess through some miraculous act of God) and tempts Adam and Eve.  They sin and thus we are infused with their sin.  Even though we didn’t actively participate in disobedience, we are affected.

We weren’t there, but we are guilty.

We didn’t eat, but we are guilty.

Okay, I know this really doesn’t make much sense, but this is what is typically taught in most churches.

Let’s go a little deeper.  In I Corinthians the apostle Paul is recorded saying, “For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.”

After a little research I made an interesting discovery.  The word “made” in the Greek is zoopoieo and it literally means to revitalize or to make alive again.  So, the first Adam brought death or separation from God, but in Christ we are revitalized.  Now, here’s the larger question.  Since we didn’t actively engage in the first act, do we need to actively participate in the second in order to receive forgiveness of sins?

Is salvation something you do?  Is it based upon your beliefs?  If so, which ones?  Do you have to believe the right teaching in order to be saved?  Or is salvation in and through God?  In the book of Jonah, the prophet says that  “salvation is from God.”

Is the euangellion (good news) good because you believed or did right?  Or because God revitalized you, empowering you to be all that you can be?

Something to think about.  Let me know what you think.


Four Keys To Living Life
May 17, 2016

Life…the paradox
April 28, 2016


The paradox

Yes or No

Stay or Go

Why must it be so difficult


I know there’s a plan

A purpose

But where am I to go


Don’t try to understand it

Don’t debate it

Life is meant to be lived not understood

Life is free

Embrace each moment

Love recklessly

Smile often

And be all that you can be.


A Treasure Worth Finding
April 25, 2016

Beauty, who defines it?




The Church

Stop looking for approval and start being yourself.

Your style

Your walk

Your talk

Your way.

It’s all about you!

Why don’t you be you?  If you aren’t going to be you, who will be?

Living to please others only births more trauma and drama in your life.

The pain

The pressure

And the problems of living up to another’s standard just aren’t worth it.

Why don’t you be you?

You are beautiful beyond description

A treasure worth finding

You are beautiful because you are you!!


Are You Too Busy
April 24, 2016


The sun is shining

The grass is growing

Don’t you see it?

You are alive!


The birds are singing

Your heart is beating

Can’t you hear it?

You are alive!

Too busy to see and to hear


We have eyes, but we don’t see.  We have ears, but we don’t hear

Stop, Look and Listen!

Every day the Divine tries to get your attention.

Are you too busy?


Human Sexuality
April 23, 2016

Human sexuality isn’t a choice

You awakened to it

It chooses you

Don’t judge

Human sexuality is about love



And being with the one you love

Don’t judge

Human sexuality is about happiness



And being with the one you love

Don’t judge

Life is too short to be unhappy

Life is too short to worry about what others think

Being happy is when you are with the one you love.



Late night musing about the bible
April 21, 2016

The bible is an inspiring book.

A book of stories.

Stories about men and women who who were changed by the life and teachings of Jesus.

Jesus was a man who showed us what God’s love looked like.

The bible is an inspiring book.

Read it as a book.

It’s purpose wasn’t perfection, but experience.

Love, not hatred

Joy and happiness and beauty

Peace and Comfort


Their stories become our stories and our stories mirror theirs.

The bible is an inspiring book about the struggle for meaning.

For purpose

For Hope

For understanding

For Life


The bible is an inspiring book and Jesus is our example on what is means to be fully human.



I want to know what it’s like to
April 21, 2016

Have you ever asked yourself this question:  “I want to know what it’s like to _____________?  You probably have. I have.  It’s a fun game to play.  Typically when we (family) are in the car we like to imagine what it would be like to be a millionaire.  This is serious stuff to us.  Before long, the kids are joining in the conversation.  We talk about the vacations we want to take, the people we are going to help and of course Oliver talks about his mustang and the speakers because that’s what’s really important, right?  We talk about:

  1. Opening up an animal sanctuary.
  2. Building an organic farm.
  3. Buying a house in California.
  4. Helping our family and true friends (not the ones that come along when they discover that you have money).

We laugh, dream and are optimistic that we can make this dream into a reality.  One of the greatest gifts that we have been given is the gift of imagination.  What are your dreams?

Let’s get a little more serious.

There are many in our society who would like to know what it’s like to be loved, accepted, treated fairly and with kindness.  Unfortunately, this group of people is ostracized by most, rejected by their family and friends and are called sick by the church.

They are called faggots, queers, gays, and a lot of other derogatory terms that I won’t mention in this post.  Their pain is real.  They’ve been mistreated, verbally and at times, physically abused.  And many have died and been burned at the stake.  As a matter of fact, the word faggot was the term used to light the fire to burn them.

Are you proud of this?

We are living in the 21st century and it’s about time that we start treating people with respect and love.  You may not agree with their sexual attraction (that is fine because they probably don’t agree with yours), but you have no right to demoralize another human being.

I have more to say about this, but I want you guys to watch this video before I do.  I let my wife and kids watch it and they were very moved by it’s message.  Let’s love more and stop the hate!  #love


Harlem Globetrotters
April 3, 2016

Living without Fear
April 1, 2016