July 22, 2014

The Cult of “The Presence”

The Cult of “The Presence” You’ve heard of  “The Cult of Personality”? A cult of personality is when an individual or people create an idealized and heroic public image of something or someone and then worship it. There is also what I call “ The Cult of the Presence”.  It is when we hold an idealized, […]
July 6, 2014

Is your world black and white?

Remember in The Wizard of Oz where Dorothy steps out of her black and white world and into this new magical reality – a world in full Technicolor?  It was amazing how stark the contrast between the two worlds were. Technicolor was a big deal from the 20s to the 50s. It was a vivid […]
June 18, 2014

The Limits of Conversation

The Limits of Conversation Human beings are naturally conversational creatures. It’s how God made us. We like to be seen, but especially heard. On some news channels, we have points and counter points between people sitting at a table or being Skyped in. Because of our love for individuality in the western world,  conversation […]
June 9, 2014

Knowing God by Ear

When I was in college, my English professor told me something I never forgot: “You know English by ear”.  I didn’t know what she meant until I realized that even though I had grown up in the inner city speaking English as my first language, for whatever reason, I had learned it by hearing […]
May 21, 2014

Three signs you want something badly

Imagine a businessman dressed in a fine suit. He gets driven around in a limo and has his office assistant make him coffee every morning while he brokers million dollar deals from the 80th floor of a financial corporation. He does some back room illegal deals but doesn’t think much of it. “It’s just […]
May 10, 2014

Hope for the rigid mind

Most would agree that the older we get the more inflexible our thinking becomes. When we are young, the whole world is open to possibility. There is nothing we can’t dream or or accomplish. Our minds are supple and welcoming of new things. Then life happens. We become older and we begin to experience […]
April 30, 2014

Portrait of an Insider

Have you ever noticed that Jesus was usually very sensitive and compassionate with the “outsiders” – Fringe people who were not part of the established culture – People like the woman at the well and the woman who asked for prayer for her daughter’s demonic state. There was even a centurion who needed help […]
March 12, 2014

You Can’t Avoid Process

There is a word that none of us like to hear – when it is uttered in the atmosphere, all the energy and excitement is drained from you, and you feel like when you were a kid and you parents told you, “Fun time is over! Do your homework” or “Time to brush your […]
February 26, 2014

The Deeper Question

There is a question we all have to settle when we are in seasons of pain – It’s the deciding question of whether or not we are going to continue to follow Christ, or depending on our journey, whether or not we believe in God. This question is not a philosophical or even a […]