Giant Faith Nov04

Giant Faith

As most of you already know, the San Francisco Giants are World Champions. And as most of you probably know, that fact makes me very happy. This postseason run was incredible, and I’d say this year’s victory was the sweetest of the past three (#Dynasty). The series was incredible!...

Leaving Christian Gu...

I recently read through Carl Trueman’s book Fools Rush In Where Monkey’s Fear to Tread: Taking Aim at Everyone. As a Christian who prefers not to be identified with evangelicalism, I have always appreciated Trueman’s thought provoking essays. I was especially struck by the following...

Writing Scripture

This last weekend, 11 freshman stood in front of our congregation, affirmed their faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and expressed their intention to journey with our church through life, at least until they move away for college. As part of this moment, we anointed each student with...

Christianity: A Way-...

For the majority of my American Evangelical upbringing , I feel as though I was  told that there were two main criteria for what religious leaders around me called “being a believer”: 1) one must have the right beliefs (orthodoxy) and 2) one must live an upstanding moral life...

Why I am (Mostly) Pa...

I finally feel free to admit it.  I am (mostly) pacifist – I say mostly because my beliefs and thoughts have’t been field tested yet.  Before you think I’m crazy and buy me a plane ticket to Pennsylvania to live with the Amish, let me share a few of the reasons why I am...

Switchfoot and Karl Barth Mar21

Switchfoot and Karl ...

Switchfoot is one of my favorite bands of all time.  Each of their albums is like meeting a new friend – at first, I’m not sure if we’re going to connect like I hoped we would, but over time my appreciation deepens to the point that my life is different because of our...

Why Ken Ham Lost the Debate Feb07

Why Ken Ham Lost the...

As you may well know, earlier this week Bill Nye (The Science Guy) and Ken Ham, president of Answers in Genesis and the Creation Museum, debated one another as to whether or not Ken Ham’s understanding of the world’s origin is viable (Ham is a literal 6 day, young earth...

3 Reasons Why Christ...

I’ve recently found myself surrounded by stories – I’ve been reading them, telling them, listening to them, and living them.  It all started when I read East of Eden by John Steinbeck. I had heard that it was a good story, but I was entirely unprepared for its power.  I...

The Butthead Prayer

This past weekend, our youth ministry began a series exploring the ins and outs of worship.  As a way to ease into the series, our middle schoolers (5th-8th) spent Sunday morning practicing prayer through the acronym PRAY (praise, repent, ask, yourself).  The students progressed to different...

A Dinosaur and Baby Jesus Dec27

A Dinosaur and Baby ...

This year, my wife and I had the pleasure of participating in the Christmas Eve services for the first time at our new church in Berkeley.  We were originally planning on attending just one service, until one the pastors asked me if I was willing to be crowd control for the Family Service. I...

Ray Comfort vs. Evol...

Fellow Christians, our enemy is not evolution, it is naturalism. Please, please, please recognize the difference. Ray Comfort, well-known evangelist and co-founder of The Way of the Master along with Kirk Cameron, has produced a new apologetics video entitled, “Evolution vs. God.”...