31 Surprising Reasons to Believe in God. (A Review.)

31 Surprising Reasons to Believe in God. (A Review.)

One of the big items on my summer reading list was Rick Stedman’s new book, “31 Surprising Reasons to Believe in God.” I first met Rick while planting a church from scratch back in Nor. Cal from 2004 to 2009 and found him to be a humble and brilliant man of faith who truly loves people.  God worked through Rick to plant one of the greatest churches in the Sacramento area which has blessed countless people across the globe.  In 31 Reasons, Dr. Stedman systematically moves through various issues such as beauty, yearning for a better world, science, physics, philosophy, and a hopeful eternity which when looked at in detail all give us glimpses into the Divine. (more…)

My August Political Fast

My August Political Fast

I needed this.  As of last night I came off of my self-imposed Political Fast for the month of August, and honestly I’m not sure I want to go back.  By a political fast I mean that I purposefully stayed away from reading anything or listening to anything having to do with the present political races of Hillary and Trump.  Really the whole system as well.  Sure I was tempted a few times and know that at least once I started down that road of “just to see” what the story behind the latest headline was.  But I didn’t fall prey to the calling and got through August with pretty much no political writ, radio, or video.  I think I’m healthier for it and not certain I want to go back to my old norm.

This is not to say that I no longer have political thinking. I am not saying that I no longer believer that some politics and laws are just bad.  This is not to say that I no longer believe that some candidates are way off and therefore they will be advocating systems and laws which will hurt people.

Yes, I still intellectually and morally believe there is a clear right and wrong.  Some candidates get that and others do not.  But I also believe that the attention to these issues in the political sphere is no longer as high on my emotional radar screen as they once were.  I always knew that the Kingdom of God is the bigger picture.  It’s just taken my emotions a while to catch up.  While some of these political and legal issues are indeed important; they are just not the “most important.”

So after 31 days of political and social media fasting, I’ve arrived at four things that I do know for sure and four things I plan to do. (more…)