The Scandal of the Cross

Crucifixion. Invented by the Persians. Adapted by Alexander the Great. Passed on to the Carthaginians. Perfected by the Romans. Jewish historian Josephus called crucifixion – “the most wretched of deaths.” Roman philosopher Cicero forbade even the thought of it by stating, “Far be the very name of the cross, not only from the body, but … Continue reading

KONY 2012

Interwebs – you’ve done it again. The information super-highway is all a buzz with discussions about the organization Invisible Children and their most recent viral video phenomenon – KONY 2012. With over 10 million views in less than two days, this video has sparked quite a bit of discussion. Actually, “sparked” probably isn’t even the … Continue reading

Jesus ≠ Religion – A Stumbling Attempt at a Response

(Be forewarned that this post is long. If you’re brave enough to tackle it, you may want to stretch and hydrate first) Jesus ≠ Religion… Please don’t misunderstand me – I thoroughly and completely believe that Jesus is, indeed, greater than (>) religion. Much greater. So much greater, in fact, that I feel it is … Continue reading

Composition (Part 2)

Ken Blanchard once famously said, “Humility does not mean you think less of yourself. It means you think of yourself less.” When it comes to the notion of humility, I think that many of us have conflicting ideas of how it should actually look. I think Paul puts it brilliantly in Philippians 2: “Don’t push … Continue reading

Composition (Part 1)

How many of you know someone like this? Better yet, how many of you are someone like this? Pride and arrogance is not something we have to do much searching to discover, it seems. Think about it – when was the last time you heard a rockstar, athlete, actor or politician speaking in a public … Continue reading

Grow Up

What did you want to be when you grew up? Or, perhaps it’s more appropriate to ask, what do you want to be when you grow up? I remember looking out the back window of our home years ago and seeing my little brother Trav playing in the backyard by himself. After a few minutes, … Continue reading

Gyms

Yes –  another throwback from 2009: I think gyms are mostly comical. Not completely, but predominately. For a lot of men, they’re like a masculine catwalk with metallic obstacles – to make it more manly of course. I often see guys wearing their workout edition daisy-dukes and dental floss t-shirts, parading back and forth throughout … Continue reading

Peanuts

During my time in India a few years ago I spent the majority of my time in the poorest neighborhoods I could find. As it turns out, these neighborhoods were among the poorest, not only within India, but the entire world. Truthfully I don’t know if I have ever seen poverty like I did that … Continue reading

Stuff

This is arguably the longest thing I have ever written. Be forewarned or skip all together! Did you catch those last two lines? “What are you without your stuff?” “Or better yet, without your stuff, who are you?” I don’t think I have to try very hard to make a convincing case that we have … Continue reading

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