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What the Poor Man Taught Me

My friend Bob usually sits on Raymond Ave in Pasadena asking passerbyers for change. We have a pretty good relationship-we’ve gone out to eat a few times; I share with him my life; he shares with me his life stories and often gives me marriage advice; and we have plenty to talk about as we […]

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God of Money-We Give You Our Praise!

So watch this video of Black Friday 2015 (at least parts of it) and tell me if you feel these thoughts: We know that the gods Americans worship are POWER, MONEY, and SEX. The love and obsession of those things drive our lives, our economy, our entertainment, and our interests as a nation. This video […]

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Thankfulness Keeps Me Alive

I don’t often write seasonally-appropriate posts. But I’m finding that thankfulness is a practice that I’ve been trying to get better at and some revelations about it are worth sharing about at a time when we should be practicing it. To be frank, thankfulness keeps me alive as a person. It is because… Thankfulness helps […]

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To Know Thyself in An Age of Information

We truly live in an exciting time. Ever since the internet was launched, Google revolutionized search, users aggregated reference data (e.g. Wikipedia), and visionaries created their own content (e.g. Youtube), technology in our day and age has radically transformed the way people access, consume, and propagate information. How this ability to access information at such ease and depth will […]

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Not Being Racist Is a Process

There are many discussions about race that are being flung around. Some are thrown hard and fast. This is not one of them. This is a slow reflection on my own journey as a minority, as an American, as a Christian, as a human being, and what I think it means as our society is […]

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A fresh outpouring for our pluralistic world

Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word…And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness. The prayer of the […]

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Age & Its Certain Humility

I had a humbling moment this week. What had happened was this skill that I thought I was good at was revealed to be not very good at all anymore. The skills fell victim to the old adage of “if you’re not growing, you’re dying.” It was…quite a humbling moment. It was a humbling moment for […]

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Recapturing the Wonder: A Nicodemus Moment for Bored Souls

“How can one be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born? – Nicodemus   Jesus’ encounter with Nicodemus is a pretty classic passage, especially in regards to introducing to non-spiritual people what kind of relationship God wants with people. This week, however, God dropped […]