God’s ways are upside-down: a meditation on Christmas, and a blessing for you…

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A “word cloud” of my last post about #Occupy looks like computer-generated prophetic poetry!

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Jesus says Occupy Wall Street

Arab Spring, Occupy Wall Street, and Jesus Christ? A series of tweets and Facebook posts led me to a surprising discovery…

“If Jesus communicated kingdom stories/parables in our context today, what stories would he tell?” This is the question J.R. Briggs posed on Twitter. He followed it up with 11 surprising parables. Here’s my own tweeted contribution:

But things didn’t stop there, and this parable came back to haunt me. The kingdom of God is like… Occupy Wall Street? Continue Reading…

Banksy's flower thrower is a parable

If Jesus communicated kingdom stories / parables in our context today, what stories would he tell?

This was the question J.R. Briggs posed on Twitter. I would have shared it right away, but this was 11 months ago, while this blog was in remission.

But I loved the question so much, I saved it for future posting, along with J.R.’s own 11 examples. And now, the time has come!

1. The kingdom of God is like a flash mob in the food court of a shopping mall… Continue Reading…

Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry released this, uh, amazing ad entitled “Strong.”

I find it remarkable that in just 30 seconds, he can tweak my sensibilities in so many ways. Thankfully, Jesus responded with his own video: Continue Reading…

Kay developed an online friendship with a Mormon couple, and last month we traveled to Salt Lake City to meet them. Here are some photos from our trip…

Family Book of Mormon

Family Book of Mormon

Remember big, heavy family Bibles, with pages at the beginning to record family information? This is like those. Except that it’s not.

Salt Lake City Temple

With Kay outside the Temple

Temples play an important role in the Mormon faith. Among their “ordinances” (what we would call “sacraments”), some can be performed only in temples, including:

  • Sealing: Binding a married couple to each other for eternity.
  • Baptism on behalf of the dead: That they, too, might be saved. Continue Reading…

There’s a whole side of Advent that we miss by not looking to the second coming of Christ. And what are we supposed to be doing between the First Advent and the Second Advent?

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Off to Mormonland!

November 9, 2011

Salt Lake Temple

Kay & I are flying off to Utah. Salt Lake City. Kay became close friends online with a Mormon couple and has been in extended conversations about their life and beliefs. She read the Book of Mormon, cover to cover.

We’ll get to meet our new friends face-to-face for the first time. I’m expecting to

  • Hang out with the couple (and their kids)
  • Meet their extended family
  • Eat with them
  • Visit Temple Square
  • Go with them to their church, for three whole hours!

I’ve no idea how we’re going to fit that all into such a short visit. It should be an adventure, like visiting a foreign land where everyone speaks American English and is perfectly groomed.

If you happen to be in Salt Lake City this weekend, we’ll be the ones desperately seeking a coffee shop.

Photo by More Good Foundation (license)

Kay tried to steer a conversation with Jehovah’s Witnesses into relational honesty. It was… spectacular…

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If you ever love to sing, as I do, I think you’ll find this amazing. Composer and conductor Eric Whitacre had a crazy idea: He’d post a video of himself conducting one of his vocal pieces, but without a choir. The virtual choir would be provided by individuals replying with their own videos of themselves singing.

How had I not heard about this? I happened to stumble across a TED talk where Whitacre explains his first such project, uploaded to YouTube on in May 2010: Continue Reading…