Which Jesus?

I saw this post and immediately thought, “which Jesus?” It was complicated enough when the discussion was limited to personal piety, how to best live the words of the gospels, but to elevate things so that sins become crimes and that interpretations of the biblical texts become state issues is terrifying. Does anyone remember when civic western civilization last fell and religion stepped into the … Continue reading Which Jesus?

IBF 18: Accidental Miracles of History – A Review of Reza Aslan’s “Zealot”

Lately I’ve been reading books analyzing Religion and New Testament Christianity in particular; actually that’s nothing new for me. If I’m not indulging in some sci-fi than I’m usually reading the latest from several writers, such as Bart Ehrman or Karen Armstrong. One of the books I’ve recently read is by Reza Aslan, an Iranian-American academic who has attracted a lot of attention over the … Continue reading IBF 18: Accidental Miracles of History – A Review of Reza Aslan’s “Zealot”

Family Photo Project plus Videos

I haven’t been posting too much this week … as if I wouldn’t have normally been in a reflective mood at this time of year, my older sister’s passing has kicked the inner thoughts into overdrive. Actually, even before her passing I was already spending a lot of time working on the family photo project and that kept me in a state of being connected … Continue reading Family Photo Project plus Videos

Mistakes Were Made: End the Black Box Fallacy & Give Teaching Back to Teachers


Mistakes were made: Education… yeah, that’s not a very big target… How did we get to the point where the institution of education needs to be rescued? Before we dive into this one, I don’t mean to ask the question with the intention of starting a firestorm of finger pointing, especially in this political season. Ack. But I do have a highly speculative long-view theory about how we got here. And yes, lots of mistakes were made along the way.

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IBF 11: A Mentoring Nightmare: The Dead Hippie Preacher

I used to think that part of my disfunction as a Christian leader was because I never really had a constructive mentoring relationship with my pastor(s). When working on my Master’s degree at Pepperdine I wrote an essay positing that I never had that kind of relationship with my dad and he’d never had a real mentoring relationship himself. I now think that I actually … Continue reading IBF 11: A Mentoring Nightmare: The Dead Hippie Preacher

In Bad Faith, part 8: The Case for God – Not What You Think

I just finished read/listening to Karen Armstrong’s The Case for God, and like waking with memories of a vivid dream, I want to get my thoughts down before they get pushed aside by the concerns of the day. In Bad Faith, part 8: The Case for God – Not What You Think I think that Armstrong did such a great job summarizing the book in … Continue reading In Bad Faith, part 8: The Case for God – Not What You Think