One of the things that I get to do to kick off Sunday services is to host the servant leaders prayer meeting. Generally, I try to put a relational spin to it, just so there isn’t this daunting vibe that’s hanging over the group right before they meet and encourage the arriving crowds. When we […]
Back in summer of 2012 I wrote a upbeat worship song called “He Lives”. I realized I didn’t have a recording of this anywhere, so I just put an acoustic version together. Hopefully one day I can get a solid full band recording of this. In the mean time, enjoy…
Thursday’s attack in Nice, France (le 14 juillet) follows a painful procession of recent attacks that have occurred throughout our world, many within the past month of Ramadan. France, still collectively recovering from Le Bataclan (and Hebdo before it) finds herself in a heartbreakingly familiar and now seemingly permanent state of alertness and grief. Elsewhere […]
At the table sat seven fishermen, a tax collector, a zealot, and the other three apostles who at the very least were Jews. If you’re like me and grew up in 21st century United States, then that probably wasn’t the most eyebrow raising description. Except for the tax collectors, because I don’t think the majority […]
Earlier this week, a friend of mine pulled out his phone and opened what looked like Google maps. Only, it looked more pixelated, and it showed not restaurants but Pokemon. I was introduced then to the new craze that is Pokemon Go. Pokemon Go is a virtual reality smartphone game in which players can find, […]
With the age of Pinterest and bridal websites galore, wedding planning has become such an enormous commercial industry. As a bride-to-be, I’ve had to wade through the myriads of bridal advertisements that flood the inbox of my email, post on the ad space of every website that I visit, and pop up on every Facebook […]
This summer for me has been one of language learning and travel to foreign countries — an experience that continues to bring home for me the difficulties involved with human communication. It is hard enough to complete a shopping transaction in a foreign language let alone present a lecture or tell someone how I am […]
Seeing the Signs There it was… high above in the sky—gigantic, vibrant, shining brilliantly and radiant as the noonday sun, suspended above as if descending from heaven… It was a sign! Indeed, a big white poster sign hanging on the freeway overpass with nothing but “Jesus” written on it using a sharpie and yellow highlighter. […]
[If you haven’t read Harry Potter, don’t read this post. Exit out of it and buy the first book here]. This week was the anniversary of when Harry Potter and his friends entered the department of Mysteries in the Ministry of Magic (in Order of the Phoenix). It is by far my favorite scene in the […]
Question of Origins What are the origins of Christian baptism? A quick perusal of the biblical texts might leave one perplexed as to the sudden appearance of baptism in the New Testament.1 Immediately and without explanation one is confronted with the appearance of John “the Baptist” and the practice of baptizing in water (Matt 3:1ff). […]
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Billy on The Sacrament of Pokemon Great insight Jack! Love your creativity and connections
Justin Daneshmand on Living with Clutter Jamie Smith, you hit the nail on the head. That ...
Jamie Smith on Living with Clutter I'm so happy to see this issue being addressed here. ...
Jack Franicevich on Harry Potter: Worse Things than Death, Better Things than Life Great post! I especially love your citation precision. This has ...