I’m Back From Hiatus!

Well, it’s been a few weeks, but I’m glad to be back. I’ve been away finishing up the last bits of my Master of Divinity degree — graduation in 18 days! — along with all the other stuff of being in a church during the Easter season. I am back into writing mode though and will have some new stuff popping up on the blog. I hope there are some of you who won’t see that as a bad thing.

I’ve also been doing a bit of research and brainstorming for some writing projects for the next couple years so I might have something coming down the pipe in that form as well. It’s an exciting time. But now that the heat of a summer in Arizona is setting in, I should be able to find more time to engage in some more the things that I care about the most: ministry, technology, and changing the world.

It’s good to be back! Have a great day!


Music Monday: All Are Welcome Edition


Yesterday in church we sang the hymn “All Are Welcome”. Whenever I sing this song, the last verse always sticks out to me. And with all the negative stuff being said about religion this past week, I felt like I wanted this to be my meditation this week. So I know it’s not as cool as what I was going to do this week (come by next week for the Black Keys edition)… It’s still very worthwhile. For today, let’s meditate on these words.

Let us build a house where all are named,
their songs and visions heard

and loved and treasured, taught and claimed
as words within the Word.

Built of tears and cries and laughter,
prayers of faith and songs of grace,

let this house proclaim from floor to rafter:
All are welcome, all are welcome,
all are welcome in this place.


Spoken Word Video That Should Have Gone Viral Instead

So the video I posted yesterday has gone all over the internet and back. The more I watch it, the more I’m not sure about it. But the more I also want to put this video out there. It’s a spoken word reflection on the story from the Gospel of John of Jesus meeting the woman at the well. I don’t want to say much more about it, but just that you should really watch it.



2012 Book Challenge

Alright, everyone. It’s a new year and I’ve been trying to think of something to do for a “resolution” of sorts, but without it being too subjective and big picture so that I’ll actually do it. I’ve always said my goals were to “exercise more” or “write more” or “_______ more”. This year it’s going to be different.

Now that I just have my internship to complete for my Master of Divinity degree, the required reading has vanished. Which can sometimes be a great thing, but I want to make sure I keep reading and hold myself accountable to that. So my 2012 resolution has to do with reading.

My friend Frank made an audacious claim that he was going to read 100 books this year. I was totally on board. Since then, we’ve come down from it a bit. The goal is 60 books in 365 days — essentially 5 books per month. One book per month has to be a new release from the last 6 months. Otherwise it can be a combo of theology, fiction, business, biography… any kind really.

By all means, anyone is welcome to do this. If you want to focus on re-committing to making time to read in the new year, give it a shot!

You can follow along at the link up top, or by clicking here.

Hope some of you will join!


Now It All Makes Sense

Just to warn you, if you read and enjoy Twilight… You’ll probably want to stop reading this now.


As much as I hate to draw conclusions based on this… The only thing I can say is that I’m thankful I’ve spent my time in two of the bluest states on here: California and Minnesota. It also means that people probably only read Twilight out of boredom.

And the lit fans of the world rejoice!


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