Monday, June 25, 2012 • 12:01 am
It’s been a few weeks since I’ve written anything on the blog. I have so many things on my heart and mind. I start but can’t seem to finish. If anything, that’s a sign in itself that I need to be praying and asking others for prayers.
So if I may, I’d like to use today’s post to thank you for your prayers and to ask for your continual prayers.
I don’t know how many or even exactly who but I do know that there are some of you who read this blog that have felt led to pray for me, my ministry, and my larger family – and I want to sincerely thank you. Almost every where I go, someone comes up to me to share that they’re praying for me and I can’t share how much that encourages, convicts, and blesses me. Read the rest of this entry »
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Saturday, February 18, 2012 • 4:30 am
Unless it’s Justin Bieber I don’t get star-struck, but I have to admit, it was pretty cool to meet President Barack Obama earlier this month. During his visit to Seattle on the weekend of February 16, I had the opportunity and privilege to attend one of the events he was speaking at. Specifically, it was an event at Boeing Everett to celebrate the work of American workers, Boeing, and the culmination of the work of the Dreamliner 787.
Light to the World.
As you know. I don’t run in these circles. Sitting in a special section with dignitaries and politicians including mayors, various council members, business bigwigs and the Washington governor was awkward to say the least. How I got invited to this event is a little unclear but over the past couple years, I’ve been building relationships with the White House via their Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships. It’s also from a commitment I’ve had – as a Christian, a pastor, and a leader – to be a light to the World and not just merely light to the Light. Translation: As we serve and love the church, we must also look outward and engage the larger culture. Folks notice and when opportunities arise, they sometimes ask for input and involvement or just merely your presence and that’s what happened.
Because of this theology and ecclesiology Read the rest of this entry »
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Friday, March 4, 2011 • 8:55 am
After reading the ruling of the courts recently that Westboro Baptist Church’s protests during funerals and others places are constitutional, I’m seriously contemplating starting a website called
Christians Against Christian Jerks
I wonder if http://christiansagainstchristiansjerks.com is available.
I’m not timid in saying that I really dislike them people. Sorry.
You’ve heard me already write and rant about the paradox of Christian jerks:
…“Christian jerks” are a tragic paradox – especially when they think they are doing the Kingdom a great favor.
Let’s contend for the Gospel but let’s not be jerks in the process. Nowhere do I read in the Scriptures, “Contend for the gospel as a jerk.”
But watching this video (below) this morning, Read the rest of this entry »
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Tuesday, July 13, 2010 • 12:01 am
I want to invite you to prayer.
Let’s pray together – and especially for others. Would you mind sharing – as little or as much as you want – who or what comes to mind in response to the question. I’m asking this question because while it’s certainly good, appropriate and necessary to pray for yourself, there’s also something very beautiful and life-giving about praying for others.
Who are you praying for? Why?
I’m not sure about you but I can acknowledge and admit that when I get busy, and my time and mind are scattered, the first thing to go is my spiritual rhythm and discipline – but especially ‘Prayer.’
What’s the remedy?
It’s not just merely “doing prayer” but being reminded, humbled, and encouraged to know that “others” are praying for you. This is why I was so encouraged and convicted by this email I received from someone I have never met:
Read the rest of this entry »
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Thursday, July 1, 2010 • 10:24 pm
I’m not trying to sound political or overly spiritual but today, I just had the most sudden “impression” that I can only describe as a prompting of the Holy Spirit to pray for President Barack Obama.
If you’ve been reading my blog,
I care about politics because it engages policies that affect people – but I try not to be political.
I am a staunch independent when it comes to political parties Read the rest of this entry »
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Saturday, June 26, 2010 • 2:16 pm
Everyone has World Cup fever and why not, it’s a beautiful game so I was thrilled to have my two teams advanced to the round of 16. Like a brilliant theologian, I tweeted the above
But apparently, God doesn’t answer prayers about sporting events or about my request to God bless Korea and USA and no one else… Don’t get all riled up and call the Theology Police Read the rest of this entry »
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Thursday, June 4, 2009 • 1:00 am
This past Sunday (Pentecost Sunday), Quest devoted the entire gathering to Prayer & Worship. While I certainly enjoy teaching the Scriptures, it was very refreshing. For the first time, the staff chose to implement the idea of asking folks to share ‘anonymous’ prayer requests on Post-It notes and to stick them on the sanctuary walls.
I can’t speak for the other pastors or staff but I was blown away at the number of post-its on our walls. And the stuff that folks shared.
I was again convicted of what I shared couple weeks ago that in the midst of “my stuff,” I’ve fallen short in praying for our church community. This past Tuesday, our staff gathered (for our Tuesday prayer/devotional meeting) in our sanctuary to read and pray through the post-its and it was pretty overwhelming.
I was personally moved by a post-it (that led to a conversation) written by Quest woman who was born blind with glaucoma. Over her life, Read the rest of this entry »
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Thursday, May 21, 2009 • 4:08 pm
It’s been a very busy and intense season – especially w/ the unveiling and soon launch of the grassroots poverty organization, One Day’s Wages. Not just with stuff to do but honestly, stuff on my heart and mind. I’m not sure about you but I can acknowledge and admit that when I get busy, and my time and mind are scattered, the first thing to go is my rhythm, discipline, and joy of prayer.
I’ve been convicted of this again…particularly, in praying for the people of my church community. The life and roles of a pastor continue to grow and evolve but one thing shouldn’t change: Read the rest of this entry »
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