Random Thoughts Category

Inauguration Accommodation

The inauguration of Donald J. Trump is just around the corner and no matter what side of the aisle you are on, this reality seemed far fetched just a few short months ago. The nation has been and continues to be divided on so many issues that it would be difficult to list them. I […]

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Permission to Buzz the Tower

It has been a long week…wake up before the sun and go to bed long after I’d prefer to kind of week.  I was graciously given some introvert time this afternoon by my lovely wife and it didn’t go exactly as I expected.  I sat down with a cup of coffee and headphones to journal and study. […]

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God Doesn’t Throw People Away…

I’ve been very careful to avoid public comment around Mars Hill and the ministry of Mark Driscoll in recent months amidst the controversy. I know many people who are on staff and attend Mars Hill and I have deep affection and respect for their ministry, passion and heart for our city and region. I’ve followed […]

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The Only Resolution You’ll Ever Keep…

Everybody seems to make resolutions this time of the year.  It is astounding to consider to think about how many resolutions I’ve made to myself, God, a friend, etc and how many of them I’m simply forgotten about let alone failed at.  Doesn’t it seem like the cards are stacked against us on this?  Doesn’t […]

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We’re Wrong

Between politics, technology and idolized College professors we have set ourselves on a course to know everything.  It is very easy in our world to redefine values, standards, and goals based on our preferences and current cultural norms.  Some predict technological singularity (computers knowing everything) before the year 2050.  It is intoxicating to consider the brave […]

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An Open Letter to Conservative Christians Concerning Same-Sex Marriage

There have been plenty of times when I’ve written things that I knew would be taken wrong, mischaracterized and come back to bite me but perhaps no more than this one. I have lived in the Northeast, Midwest, Texas and now do ministry in the Northwest. I’ve experienced opinions on this issue that range from […]

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“These Kids Don’t Deserve the Lives They’ve Been Given”

Today a local High School cancelled classes because of a credible threat to student safety that was posted online last night.  The threat screams of a student’s rage and deep pain of the abuse and neglect they felt from others at their school.  They express the desire to kill others because of the behavior and […]

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Potty Training, Your Pulse, God’s Plan

So this weekend we’ve undertaken the task of potty training our two-year old son, Graer.  I knew it would be tough but I had no idea how annoying and difficult it would be.  In the beginning he didn’t have any idea what was happening and would just have an accident in the middle of the […]

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How Bad is it?

I was recently reading through a thread from a student who I respect in which he was discussing his proposed law of banning pornography if he were a supreme leader.  I was really taken back by the 100+ comments that were made on it, most of which were either misinformed or character assassination and I […]

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“Graer Bwoken?”

Today we were headed back from Southern California with a group of 8th and 9th graders and something pretty awesome happened; I got to share the Gospel with my 2 and half-year-old son.  We were headed into the final In-N-Out stop of the trip and he noticed that there were some cones in the parking […]

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