About That Book

This past weekend my friends threw a book release party for me. It was fun and full of surprises. I was interviewed about the book, my mom read a selection, and so did I. Everything was perfect – the music, the food, and the decorations. Such a great night!

And the people there were amazing.

I wanted to share just a little bit of the behind the scenes on the… Read More

A Little Fun For Your Friday

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My favorite thing from the Seahawks -vs- Packers playoff stunner was Michael Bennett riding around the stadium on a police bike, waving to fans and high-fiving the Sea Gals. It made me LOL. literally.

Speaking of LOLing, I hope one or more of these videos will make you giggle or at least snortle.

Here’s a little fun for your Friday… Enjoy!

1. VIDEO: Cat Scared of Mario Jumping.

I love this. And it totally reminds me of a few… Read More

A Surprise Party That I Know Is Happening

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My friends are throwing a book release party for me this Sunday at 5pm – at NWLife Church in Renton. I don’t know all the details because it’s kinda like a surprise party that I know is happening, but I don’t exactly know what is happening. Does that make sense?

Anyway, I would love for you to come. Really. I mean it.

I’ve heard there will be food and dessert served at this party. And I know… Read More

Yes. This Is Still An Issue Today. (Segregation In The Church)

The headline of an article I read last week shocked me. It announced:

Sunday Morning in America Still Segregated – and That’s OK With Worshipers

It was the findings of a study conducted by LifeWay Research – and here’s what they had to say…

  • Sunday morning remains one of the most segregated hours in American life, with more than 8 in 10 congregations  (86%) made up of one predominant racial group. And most worshipers like it that way.
  • Two-thirds of American churchgoers (67 percent) say their church has done enough to become racially diverse. Less than half think their church should become more diverse.
  • Researchers also found churchgoers who oppose more diversity do so with gusto. A third (33 percent) strongly disagree… Read More

Racism & Reconciliation In The Church

Tomorrow is Martin Luther King Day – and with that theme in mind, here are two posts I think are worth your time…

 

christena cleveland 2015 post

This post, Everything I Know About Racism I Learned in the Church by Christena Cleveland. The opening paragraph reveals one of Christena’s earliest memories of church:

Exasperated, she yelled at the top of her lungs, “Get in here, niggers!!” Being six and all, I had no idea what the word nigger meant; I just knew that it referred to me and… Read More

Some Funny Things & Something Free (It Must Be Friday)

Happy Friday! I have a few funny / interesting videos to share with you… and something free to give away.

 

1. FREE BOOK.

If you like winning, just write something in the comment section below to enter your name in the drawing for a brand-new, signed book by yours truly.

1. VIDEO—Human Balloon.

Listening to and watching the laughing friend in this video is funnier than… Read More

Can We Speak Honestly About “Christian” Movies?

I have a confession to make: I don’t like “Christian” movies. I mean the ones that are trying to sell tickets en masse to the Christian population. There are many wonderful films with storylines that portray the Gospel (films like Selma and Calvary), but aren’t wearing the “Christian” label or marketing to the Christian audience.

So, can we speak honestly about “Christian” movies?

They’re overwhelmingly terrible. Lacking in beauty and imagination. Hard to describe as art.

Check out this list of 2014 “Christian” movies with their Rotten… Read More

Identifiably Strange (An Excerpt)

I wrote a book, which is coming out this month. The following is an excerpt…

 

Recently, while spending a month living in the Italian countryside, I was constantly aware of how much we stood out.

Our strangeness was completely obvious to the locals…

All three of us have blue eyes and pale skin.

We talk like cowboys. I never thought I sounded like a cowboy before, but after hearing an Italian say… Read More

Expert-Delusion & Ivory Towers

Have you ever seen a large ship – like a cruise ship – use its propulsion jets to turn around in the relatively shallow waters of a port? The force of water blasting through the jets stirs up everything…

And what was once beautiful, crystal-clear, blue ocean water now becomes murky-brown, as if someone had turned water into a fishy-smelling pumpkin spice latte.

That’s what the comment section of YouTube does too. Blasting. Stirring up. Leaving behind murky-brown, fishy-smelling nastiness. People will say things online that they would never say to someone’s face – certainly not to someone they have a relationship with and actually care about.

Christians do this too. Facebook and other streams of social media have become… Read More