John Dominic Crossan on Fundamentalism

This is worth listening to and considering no matter what faith you claim and no matter your view of Crossan.  While many would say that he has nothing to offer because of his role with the Jesus Seminar, this clip is worth considering.



Tao Te Chi

I have recently been reading the Tao off and on and really enjoying it.  It is nice to not feel threatened by thought outside of Christian thought, which is exactly how I used to be.  But now, I can read other material and it actually helps and informs the development of my faith.   It is like Truman (in the “Truman Show”) opening the hatch at the end of the movie and seeing how big the world really was.  Returning to faith as it used to be would be like Truman choosing to know the world is bigger but still deciding to return to world in the tank.  What a great journey God has called us into as we learn to live like Christ in this world, and as we learn about that heart of God and Christ in the strangest places.




Curious about Transcendent reality

We approach

On various Paths

We seek

Through different experiences

We encounter

By different structures and Traditions

We frame what we’ve perceived

With varied words and different interpretations

We communicate what we’ve understood

Through different actions,

What we believe we know, lives

And is expressed

Through lived discovery

What is Transcendent takes refracted shape

Through this journey

Life takes on meaning





By Kelley Mata 

February 22, 2009; revised 3/27/2009








Needing the Mountains

I am needing to get out of town soon. I have been in town too long over the winter. I must say that I am not as peaceful anywhere as I am in the mountains, in the woods. I want to sit around a camp fire and I want to forget that the city exists. anyone want to come? I desire to be quite and be at peace, take hikes, watch the sun rise and set, allowing it to orient my day and my night. Next month I get to go turkey hunting but at this point, that trip can’t come fast enough.

A Poignant Article on Faith and Culture

Below is an article that I authored on my church’s blog, consequently part of the below article relates to our worship on Sunday but it also asks a question that all of us that are participants in religious faith should think about.

This last Sunday I asked a question in my sermon.  I asked where the church, as a religious symbol, was pointing?  Was it pointing at God or at ourselves, or something else?  In Sunday’s Idaho Statesman, as well as many other newspapers around the country, there was an Article that was discussing the very topic of my sermon, asking the very same question with different words.  The statesman’s article was entitled “I believe – that religion is driving people away from God.”  That article originally came from a Columnist at the Miami Herald.  Here is a link to the Miami Herald article written by Leonard Pitts entitled “Wake-up Call for Organized Religion.

This article and the corresponding reality to which it points, is something that we ALL need to read, think about and wrestle out how we are going to choose to respond, not to the article but to the truth that our culture is changing and just possibly our church and all for which we stand, just might be on a path to “irrelevancy.”  The question to us is to what are we pointing?  And if we are not speaking relevantly into our culture, what are we saying and what should we be saying?  Christian faith will continue to exist (as it always has in the face of radical change), but it is very possible (and even probable) that the church as we know it today, will not survive the coming century.  Maybe we need to change how we perceive of , proclaim and express our faith in God.