It’s Madness!

When Jesus healed the man with the withered hand in the synagogue on the Sabbath the religious leaders were livid (“filled with senseless rage” - Luke 6:11 NASB). About half of the English translations of this passage render it as “madness.” Jesus does a radical miracle in front of them and instead of celebrating the …

Tune Up and Play Better

“Church History Is a Beautiful Melody Imperfectly Performed… Rejecting Christianity based on the terrible performance of some Christians is like dismissing Bach after hearing my feeble attempts to play his Cello Suites. … The original message of Christ resounded through the centuries like a beautiful melody, even as many Christians failed to play in tune.” …

A Kingdom Needs a Constitution

All social and governmental entities require a document that communicates the fundamental principles around which they choose to govern themselves. The revolutionaries of the New World knew they needed a way to articulate their vision for their embryonic society, some purposes and parameters for how they and their descendants were to live together. Every commonwealth …

Good News to Broken Weeds and Burned Out Wicks

I wrote this in 2015. With all the Broken Weeds and Burned Out Wicks these days I thought I’d repost it.

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One of my favorite things is to preach good news about Jesus on the street. Frankly, I’m not super good at it. I’m not trying to be humble, I just know that there are others better suited for this particular task. Nevertheless, I love doing it because it feels so right to bring hope to hopeless places.

Pretty much everyone agrees that the Tenderloin is the most hope-deprived neighborhood in San Francisco. It’s kind of the last stop for people who’ve passed through all the less degraded places in the City. Most everyone here sleeps in doorways, in overcrowded shelters, or SROs (single room occupancy) slum hotels. Hope moved out of these streets of addicts, alcoholics, dealers, and mentally disabled long ago.Me in TL

These are not necessarily people whose dreams have shattered. Most of them came into this unkind world with no dreams to begin with. Sometimes; after hearing their lifelong…

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