268- Your Beloved Cult

“Are you under the influence of a cult?”

In today’s podcast and post we explore why no one in a cult believes they are in a cult. Then as we widen the definition of cult we will learn how in one sense, we all participate in cultish behaviors.

Join me now as we see beyond the religious cults which make all the headlines and go deeper into that thing which we believe is giving us the truth. If we gain the eyes to see, we’ll discover we are not as free as we think ourselves to be.

261-Called Out 3: Leadership and Gifts

“What is the purpose of all the different kinds of churches that are found on every street corner?”

Don’t just skim over this question. The answer is not as simple asdifferent strokes for different folks. In today’s podcast and post we’ll learn why modern churches see their mission as conversion to religionand can’t work together toward a common goal of healing our cities

Join me now as we see beyond the early church’s simple leadership into its mission of restoration, healing and liberation.

258-When Success Won’t Come

“Have you ever felt like no matter how hard you work, success just doesn’t seem to come?

In today’s podcast and post we explore the world’s common definitions for success and why they are not that helpful to us. Is success just a recipe that millionaire guru’s deconstruct for us or is it something altogether different?

Join me now as I offer four questions that allow us to see beyond surface level wins and help us see the true measurement of success.

257-A Thirst for God

“Looking at the world, do you think any of us has a thirst for God?

We see people with a thirst for power. We see those we thirst for revenge, control, or self-promotion. But what does it look like to thirst for God? In today’s podcast and post we look closer at our “inner longings” and discover that our misguided pursuits often started as a search for God.

Join me now as we learn to see beyond our surface level impulses and discover what it really means to thirst after the Lord.

253-One World 10-Good News for the World

“Are you ready for some Good News?”

Our world seems like it’s disintegrating right before our eyes. It seems foolishness, suffering and evil are gaining ground. People are more divided than ever. Is it any wonder the “Good News” or Gospel taught by religion has been an evacuation strategy? In today’s podcast and post I will show you that the Good News is better than that?

Join me now as reveal how everything we’ve been taught to believe fits within a much bigger framework. Let’s switch to the wide-angle lens so we can see just how good the Good News actually is and then we’ll quickly realize why we can’t risk believing it.

247-One World 4- Islam as Older Brother

“How well do you know Islam?”

There are very few religions that create such hostile fear as Islam. Like all religions, when we see the fundamentalist side, we see the absolute worst of it. In today’s podcast and post we continue our One World series with a look at Islam and discover that it’s hostility has always been the case but it doesn’t need to be.

Join me now as we see Islam within the tale of two brothers, and discover that Mohammad’s call to “total submission” may not be something to fear.

246- One World 3: Judaism as Archetype

“How well do you know Judaism?”

That’s a loaded question, but it’s important if we are to gain the trajectory of understanding that this series will offer. If your answer caused you to think about traditions, holidays, and Kosher religious practices, then my point is already made.

In today’s podcast and post we continue with our One World series and focus upon Judaism as the archetype of religion. Can our world ever get along and be at peace if each religion is competing with each other? Is the answer to homogenize them all together or to cherry pick those parts we prefer? NO. Join me now as we pull back to see beyond everything and what it means to be a child of Abraham.

244- One World 2-Science, Data and the search for Truth

“How much FAITH do you put in science?”

If you are like most people, the answer is: “a lot.” But is science worthy of this kind of loyalty and trust? In today’s podcast and post, we continue part 2 of our “One World” series where we take a critical look at science.

Join me now as we deconstruct the religion of science and expose why facts and data don’t mean that much to our world anymore. Despite all the good that science provides, we will see beyond its truth claims and examine precisely why science cannot lead our troubled world into peace.

240- Perfect Imperfection

“Do you think you’ve known enough suffering? Maybe not.

As I produce this podcast, the pandemic is thrusting our world into countless forms of suffering. In Columbia, Brazil and Mexico, the starvation has already gone beyond the miles of food lines that Americans get to drive up to. We all want to turn our face from suffering, but when we do, we miss something transformative.

In today’s podcast and post I’m going to offer a definition of suffering that most will reject. Join me now as we see beyond the circumstances that have thrust pain upon us and stare deeply into that which can transform our world.

229- 5 Ways to Avoid Squandering this Pandemic

“If you could turn this pandemic into something positive, would you?”

Better yet, would you even know how? As the world soberly looks at the math behind this Global Pandemic, the entire planet is moving toward a complete shut-down of life as we know it. In today’s podcast and post I will offer 5 considerations that have the potential of infusing the world with a good infection.

Join me now as we all collectively navigate our quarantines and  social distances, as I invite us all to turn our homes lives into a sacred time of reflection which has the power to transform our lives and re-create the world.