This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series BOLD What comes to mind when you think of “forgiveness”? For most of us, forgiveness is a gift we give once someone apologizes. When we’ve been wounded by another person, we hold that, protecting ourselves. And then when they come to apologize, we let it […]Read More
We’re made in God’s image, but we have bodies, while God is spirit. Are our bodies accidental? Are they temporary? Or are they good, vital and essential to our spirituality? How can we resist the cultural narrative that teaches us to hate our bodies? Crave is a series of messages I delivered at Mount Vernon […]Read More
This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series BOLDWatch this video of Pi Chui’s story. Faith is a tricky thing for us. We tend to treat faith as a results-oriented process. When we’re at our best, we’ll trust pretty naturally. That goes for people, and for God. We’ll give ‘em a chance. And […]Read More
Michelle MoranThanks JR.! Faith definitely is a tricky thing for me to get...
This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Next Right ThingThe summer after I graduated from college, I was an Applebuddy. Anyone know what that means? Any other Applebuddies out there? Applebuddies are that rare, refined people who have at one point or another found gainful employment at the megachain neighborhood bar-and-grill Applebee’s […]Read More
This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Next Right ThingI’ve been following Jesus for about 25 years now. And while life with God feels second-nature to me today, when I first chose to follow, it was a bit like my honeymoon in Mexico. My wife Amanda is fluent in Spanish. I am […]Read More
This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Next Right ThingIn 1953, a gallon of milk ran you $0.94, and there was a place called a post office where you could write an email on a piece of paper and send it – it was called a letter – to the recipient with […]Read More
I think Dayton is the first town I’ve lived in that didn’t have some version of this guy in it. (At least, we didn’t… now there’s a guy down on Dayton-Xenia sometimes.) And I always find myself on the receiving end of the bullhorn, which is ironic, since I’ve been following Jesus since I […]Read More