Concerted Christ Con...

Stars are pretty cool. If you have ever laid out under a dark night sky to see the vibrant tapestry of the galaxy above you, you might understand how it could become someone’s captivation, one’s  ambition. Such was the case for Percival Lowell. You may have heard of him. He was born into...

An Invitation to Exc...

Your hand th-waps your night stand, grasping for your mobile device to swipe and to silence the iPhone marimba alarm tone. Once the disturbance to your sleep is silenced, you pause, process a death and slow breath, and liberate yourself from the tomb of your bedsheets. Perhaps you slip into...

Let Christmas Contin...

It’s been 27 days since most American’s have begun the bell curve that is participation in Christmastide, and the participation in Advent, for those who chose to devotionally and/or liturgically relive the anticipation of the coming of Messiah. Yet now, the gift wrap is all torn...

Advent: The Good New...

How preposterous a thought it is that in the often barren, frigid, and life-drained months of winter that we celebrate the birth of new life of Jesus, the God-Man. The church’s celebration of the resurrection seems to get it right- the rising from death to the glory of new life remembered on...

What  Violent  Passion  Tells  us about our Compass of Worship Dec05

What Violent Passi...

This last Saturday, fans of the phenomenon that is College Football had a spectacular, history making event to enjoy. I’m sorry if this introduction doesn’t capture the attention of the other 6.7 billion people around the globe who don’t follow American football, but in summary: a 109...

UNBIBLICAL!? Nov21

UNBIBLICAL!?

Those of you who clicked this post after seeing the picture might think it’s a blog about the NFL’s quarterback protection policies, and my take on a biblical perspective on the matter. Well, not really. If you are curious about my opinion, I’ll summarize it with this: I can see the...

Gravitating to Purpo...

Normally at this time of year, I’m plugging my ears to the conversations of my friends, as they pick at and detail all their favorite details of this year’s horror films (I’ll just saw I’m glad that the Saw series isn’t continuing on the way The Land Before Time has). With regard to...

Generous Judgment? Aug22

Generous Judgment?

You don’t have to live in California, or even America, to hear about the outcries and the tensions behind the incredible prison overcrowding in this state. It is one of the many problems (although the list of California’s major problems is probably long enough to be a substantially long...

Parental Advisory: What is your Child Learning in Sunday School? Aug01

Parental Advisory: W...

“Hey Tanner, remind me of the ministry opportunities you have at your church again?” asked Andrew, who followed up his question with his warm, yet focused and expectant stare through his thin framed glasses. “Oh, well, the primary help I try to provide is in organizing and planning...

A Prayer For a Famil...

This weekend, my youngest brother will become the wedded spouse to fellow-minded companion in humor, his life coach and motivator, his faithful supporter and encourager, and his dear friend, Brittany. This is the second wedding in seven months in the Gish household (perhaps a sign that...

The Reality of Rhetoric: Reflections on a LGBT Milestone Jun27

The Reality of Rheto...

Although originally written in response to a prior event in the national spotlight and debate on homosexuality, this article seems apropos to share in light of the US Supreme Courts decision on the Defense of  Marriage Act on Wednesday.  In light of the On May 19,  a member of the Biola...