Tagged with Christianity

Art for the Soul: Give Love on Christmas Day

It seems proper to post a Christmas song given the season. Someday at Christmas became one of my favorite Christmas songs after a purchased the “Jackson 5 Ultimate Christmas” album a couple of years ago. The song, originally  by Stevie Wonder, is an expression of hope (the first candle of Advent) and a desire for things … Continue reading

What I read this week

Over at Q Ideas, an argument for greater animal welfare from Christians and churches. The article is good and highlights what the Southern Baptist Convention has been doing to care for animals, but the conversation that follows is interesting . . . as they often are.   Another piece at Q Ideas that argues for … Continue reading

Art for the Soul: Vague Suspicions

Ever since I was made aware of her music, I have been enamored by Esperanza Spalding. She is based in jazz, but has soul, funk, hip-hop and R&B infused into her style. In her sone Vauge Suspicions, Spalding examines the violence that is so present in our world and exclaims appeals to God, but at … Continue reading

What I read this week

A brilliant and humbling article about ministry, life, and authentic engagements with poverty that outlines the life Sri Lankan theologian/scholar/community leader Ajith Fernando A conversation with Peter Block and Walter Brueggemann about the meaninglessness of our current political narratives  Religious exit polls from the Presidential Election. Some interesting statistics about the changes in religious affiliation and political identification as well as some data representing some strong correlations … Continue reading

Perspective: Integrity, Salvation and Busyness

Throughout the fall semester a friend and I are reading Stephen L. Carter’s book Integrity. Integrity is a word often tossed around in Christian circles. Living lives of integrity seems as if it is often a theme for retreats, it is talked about in the church often in a gendered, “men and women of integrity” … Continue reading

Review: I Was A Stranger: A Christian Theology of Hospitality

A couple months ago I picked up the book I Was A Stranger: A Christian Theology of Hospitality by Arthur Sutherland. I had seen it several times online and on bookshelves, but never committed to it. When I  decided  to focus on hospitality as a personal and professional perspective this, I also decided that I was adding … Continue reading

Perspective: Hospitality

I love to create, but I never really know what to create when I have to. I am a creature of inspiration; something needs to spark my imagination. But I can rely on “inspiration” too much and use “creativity” as method of avoidance. One who is hones a skill practices dedication and discipline. Inspiration and creativity occur … Continue reading

Art for Tha Soul: How to Love

Love and sexuality are deeply connected. Our modern culture has an awkward dance sometimes lacing the two together and other times relegating sexuality (and the acts of eroticism) to bodily, almost animatistic, functions. We struggle to, in action, interweave sexuality in our desire for deep, abiding,long-lasting intimacy. Sometimes this is done explicitly and sometimes it is done with a … Continue reading

SELAH

My friend Ruth and I have been leading an experiential worship service at our church Free Methodist of Santa Barbara. The premise of the service is to create space to explore the spiritual disciplines (via Richard Foster’s Celebration of Discipline). We are actually at the end of our journey this year, but have started thinking … Continue reading

Commentary: Talking about Cultural Diversity in Your Church

I just finished Michael V. Angrosino’s book Talking About Cultural Diversity in Your Church. Angrosino is a Anthropologist at the University of South Florida  and writes primarily about the South, Mental Retardation , and more recently Religion.  Since Angrosino is not a theologian or religious scholar, his perspective of faith and the church comes from a cultural, … Continue reading