No more complacent elephants.

During my time down in Cuba, which was only a short 8 days, my elephant (rather, my heart) got a good swift kick for being lazy. A kick that, looking back, was well deserved. I had allowed my complacency to become comfortable, and that is a dangerous thing. Bring in relationship with others is a…

Redirecting elephants in Cuba.

Two Mondays ago, I arrived in Havana, Cuba, for the first of my two scheduled visits of 2017. Had you asked me a year ago if I would ever go to Cuba, I don’t know that I could have said yes. Not because I didn’t want to, but it was never on my radar. Until…

No. 1 Who are you?

I recently joined a youth ministry co-hort through the Youth Cartel. One of my homework assignments is to take Seth Godin’s Freelancer course from Udemy.com. For this series of videos, he has these sort of “worksheets” to do. This is my attempt to do them and have some honest transparency about them. And to keep…

Look outward.

This morning, as I checked Facebook while drinking my coffee, I read status after status by my friends who are all taking Lent as a time to disconnect from Facebook. There’s a need to take a break from the political posts and the mindless status updates about what someone is doing (I am totally guilty…

Lent is coming.

This time last year, I was approaching Ash Wednesday with anxiousness. I wanted to be a resurrection person and participate in the practice of remembering that I came from dust and I’ll return to dust. But I has some baggage to shuffle through first. I’m not in the same place as I was last year….

This is a taco truck rally and all you have is cold slaw.

I wrote this blog post several weeks ago before the inauguration. I held back publishing it because I was angry. And I try not to do things out of anger. So, since today is Valentine’s Day, I’m going to publish this out of love. Love for the people who bravely stand up to injustice and…

isaiah 55:1-13

Ho, everyone who thirsts,     come to the waters; and you that have no money,     come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk     without money and without price.  Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,     and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen carefully to me, and eat…

luke 6:1-16

One Sabbath, as Jesus was going through the wheat fields, his disciples were picking the heads of wheat, rubbing them in their hands, and eating them. Some Pharisees said, “Why are you breaking the Sabbath law?” Jesus replied, “Haven’t you read what David and his companions did when they were hungry? He broke the Law by going into…

psalm 5

Give ear to my words, O Lord;    give heed to my sighing. Listen to the sound of my cry,    my King and my God,    for to you I pray. O Lord, in the morning you hear my voice;    in the morning I plead my case to you, and watch. For you…

I’m not that youth pastor.

Today, one of my professors from seminary posted about a comedian named Nick Thune. He has a comedy routine about being a youth pastor that goes something like this: I had to laugh as I watched this at my desk. Laugh at the fact that this guy is pretty funny, but also about the fact…