FORGIVENESS One of my favorite stories in the Bible is found in John 8. Do all of you Bible scholars know which one I’m talking about yet? I’m paraphrasing here, but in the first half of this chapter, the writer is telling us about the religious leaders (Pharisees) of the […]


Walter Brueggemann, the famous Old Testament scholar, puts it like this (from his book Mandate To Difference): “…God is in solidarity with the most vulnerable and most needy in society, which in ancient Israel includes orphans, widows, prisoners (p. 3).” “He (prophet Jeremiah) is convinced that if the city refuses systemic […]

We Were Not Allowed to Lament

 The Radical Middle   “A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.” -William James Modern arguments are fraught with misunderstanding, assumptions, and unearthed prejudices. We’ve all been there; we’ve all said things in haste. But this is the point: It is important that we […]

The Radical Middle

It was two years ago, and it took 15 minutes to change my life.   “They hate us for our freedom!” “Why don’t we just nuke them until the sand glows?” “Their book tells them to kill us!”   Each one of these statements has been said to me, by […]

Letting Go Of Fear

  2016, the year that will live in infamy!  I can’t remember any other year in which every person I encountered readily admitted their excitement for the new year.  Isn’t it interesting that humanity, even with all our diversity, can experience things in many different ways yet end up with […]

2016, Enough Said

How God Comes Through for Us   “…Christ in you, the hope of glory.” – Col. 1:27   Have you ever read that scripture? I have many times, but I never fully realized what it means. “Hope of glory” is often interpreted as “hope of eternal life in heaven some […]

The Hope of Glory

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Pro-Love: An Alternative to Pro-Life vs. Pro-Choice Are you pro-life? Or pro-choice? I don’t need to tell you that this is a hot topic today…and has been for a while. These questions have been the topic of news reports, talk shows, debates, etc. There are many organizations promoting either side, all […]

Pro-Love: An Alternative to Pro-Life vs. Pro-Choice

“Our deepest human yearning is to be known and seen, to know love and belonging. We’re afraid of it because it means we risk being hurt” – Brené Brown Being brave isn’t about having a ton of confidence and knowing how things will work out. It’s not about making sure […]

Being Brave

I believe that some of the greatest secrets that we can uncover are found behind the veil of prejudice. They are hidden in the places that we dare not look. We’ve been trained not to. In fact, the secrets themselves are woven into those areas. As our prejudices fall, the […]

The Hidden Secrets

People have suggested many times that I teach classes on fiction writing, either on my own or in an educational setting, such as at a college or community college. I’ve considered doing that, but I’ve never taken the plunge. Why not? Well, several reasons, perhaps, but the biggest may be […]


Why we Don’t (Always) Hear the Audible Voice   Have you ever spent time with someone and got to know them? I mean a lot of time and really get to know them. How does your conversation change over the course of getting to know that person more? How does […]

Hearing the Voice of God

How Disaster Positions us for Breakthrough   “Man can live about forty days without food, about three days without water, about eight minutes without air, but only for one second without hope.” – unknown Something happens to people when disaster strikes close to home. When everything around them is shaken, […]

The Power of Hope

Charlie Owens looks like a regular guy. He’s laid back, to the point, loving, quiet, and from outward appearances, just a normal man. He and his wife run a small deli in their town and without knowing his story you would never look twice at the man. Oh, but his […]

The Power of Redemption

If you’ve ever spent any time at all in church, then it’s safe to assume that you’ve heard at least one sermon about the parable of The Prodigal Son. I’ve been attending church in some capacity my entire life, and I have heard so many variations of teaching on this […]

From Prodigals to Sons

Most of us will enjoy celebrating Thanksgiving with our loved ones this week, but as we do, let’s keep in mind that being thankful is something we should not only do in a particular season, but all year long. Thankfulness is a powerful attitude that can bring many positive things […]

The Power Of Being Thankful

More is caught than taught.   Take a few minutes and think. Think about someone who has impacted your life in a good way; someone who has invested in you and who saw something in you that you didn’t see in yourself; someone with whom you spent (or spend) a […]

How to be a Great Mentor

Pursuing Excellence in your Current Position Bob Bogue was 17 years old and entering the cadet program for the Garden Grove Police Department in Garden Grove, CA. He had a dream to be a police officer ever since a policeman visited his “Teens and Law” class in high school. The […]

Promotion Follows Passion

Champion: A Person who voluntarily takes extraordinary interest in the adoption, implementation, and success of a cause, policy, program, project, or product. He or she will typically try to force the idea through entrenched internal resistance to change, and will evangelize it throughout the organization. These people are also known […]

Be Who You Needed When You Were Younger

“What name does God call you?” August 12, 2014 is not a date I’ll soon forget. It was the first time that someone asked me the question, “What name does God call you?” To say that I thought the question was a little odd would be under-selling my sentiment at […]

What’s My Name?

And How to Recognize it When it Comes   Opportunity. What is it, really? What does it actually look like? How can we learn to recognize it? These are the questions I began to ask myself after our interview with Miche Traina. He was offered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and could […]

The Anatomy of Opportunity