March 11, 2015

If you’ve ever driven through the mountains on a major highway, you’ve probably seen those ‘runaway’ truck ramps when the road begins to descend in elevation. Ive actually passed trucks going down steep inclines that had smoke and fire coming out of their wheels. This past weekend, I listened to a lady call into a radio talk show designed to give people advice about car problems. 

The caller went on to share that her vehicle began to drive abnormally by pulling to one side, and that it felt as if she was getting a flat tire. When she eventually pulled off to the side of the road to check her tires, she was shocked to see one of her tires engulfed in flames.  I’m no mechanic, but I think I know the root of her issue. In today’s post, I’d like to tell you why knowing the root of this lady’s car problem is important for our own lives.  Continue Reading…

December 2, 2014

I love conversations. I treasure conversations. Especially conversations about what’s real. Jesus is our reality, and this reality illuminates all that is real, displacing lies in the process. Not only do I treasure these conversations, I also treasure sharing them with you. Recently, I had the opportunity to have one of these conversations about reality with Brandon Chase. I knew it was going to be good, so I decided to record it. Don’t worry, I did tell him in advance that I was going to be recording our conversation for quality & training purposes:)

If you have the ability to put some headphones in and listen as you go about your day, or if you can listen intently while sipping on a cup of coffee, let me encourage you to do so. I’m sure there are some nuggets of reality in here specifically for you. If you’re reading this by email, you’ll need to visit this post directly online to listen. Without further delay, here is our conversation:

Also, Brandon writes a superb blog. I highly recommend it! You can give it a read by clicking HERE.

Love!

Jamal

P.S. My first audio online conversation with Jared Gustafson from July 2014, about how to have lots of kids, can be heard HERE

UPDATE: Brandon and I had a follow up conversation to this interview in order to address vital questions from our listeners.  In this second conversation we talk about why Jesus openly contradicted some of what was written in the Old Testament writings, why it is mankind that desires a scapegoat and sacrifice (not God), and why Jesus really died on the cross.  It was a ground breaking conversation to say the least.  You can listen to that conversation HERE.

March 3, 2015

It my last post, I wrote about the cancer that has plagued humanity. The cancer is separation, and in that post, I state how religion has historically been the chief propagator of this disease. In the post, I also discuss how the demonstration and life of Jesus opposes and destroys this cancer. If you haven’t read that post yet, you can do so by clicking HERE

One of the greatest assets of blogging, in my opinion, is the ability to dialogue publicly with readers. The dialogue is just as important as the posts themselves.  Often, a reader will pose a question that many others might also have about a post as well. Regarding my last post, a reader asked a very good question that seemed to challenge what I said in light of what Paul said in some of His letters to the communities he wrote to. 

The statements that the reader quoted (from Paul’s letter to the the Corinthian believers) have been used many times to justify a culture of relational separation within Christendom in the name of holiness. This sentiment is quite widespread and routinely assumed to be true. For this reason, I felt the question the reader asked (and my response) was so important that I wanted to post our exchange for you here in today’s post. Continue Reading…

February 25, 2015

Cancer is a major problem that affects us all. It’s a human epidemic. In today’s post, I’d like to talk about how to identify if we have cancer, and what the solution is. Continue Reading…

February 19, 2015

Babies can be found in the most discouraging of places. In prison. You might think that a prison is the last place you might find a baby, but they are there. In order to see these precious babies, we’ll have to look through the barbed wire fences, the walls, the violence, the pain, the disease, etc… In today’s post, I’d like to share a shocking video with you that will illustrate this very reality. Continue Reading…

February 13, 2015

I am not what you would call an animal lover, but I do love dogs. From shepherding, to loyalty, to protection, to friendship, I see many qualities of our Lord in these magnificent animals. With that said, I believe the world also has a favorite animal. Actually, in today’s post, I’d like to reveal what this animal is and why we need to find a new animal to love. Continue Reading…

February 9, 2015

The Violence of ‘Christian’ Community

It’s no secret that many people have been hurt by their experience within Christian communities. Sadly, many never recover from the abuses they suffered at the hands of other Christians, although it doesn’t have to be that way. Those who would justify this all too common violent culture say things like this: Continue Reading…

February 4, 2015

How do you know if you know Jesus?  This is an important question.  I’m not asking this question in the fear based way that we’ve heard so often in evangelical circles.  I’m asking this question for your own joy and well being here in this life.  In today’s post, I hope to give us all a ‘litmus’ test, so to speak, that will tell us if we know Jesus. Continue Reading…

January 27, 2015

I must say, the last few posts have been a bit momentous.  In my previous post, I talked about something I was dreading and hoping to avoid talking about publicly.  Due to external circumstances, however, I felt it was necessary to tell you about my moral failure.  You can read that post HERE.  

In addition to that post, many of you listened to a couple of audio conversations that I have had recently with Brandon Chase.  Those conversations stirred up a lot of extreme joy & peace in the hearts of some, but for some, those conversations brought up a lot of unanswered questions and uncertainty.  I completely understand.  

In our minds, we have a very strong desire to be certain about everything.  Unanswered questions and uncertainty can make us feel unsafe sometimes.  In today’s post, I hope to clear things up a bit. Continue Reading…

January 22, 2015

Today’s post is a difficult one for me to write.  It’s a subject that I truly wish I didn’t have to deal with in such a public way, but I cannot avoid it any longer.  It has become clear to me that this needs to be addressed.  So, in today’s post, I want to disclose to you a moral failure that I committed some time ago and how I have since learned from it.  Please don’t jump to conclusions until you have read this post in its entirety.  Things are not what they seem. Continue Reading…

January 19, 2015

How-Microphones-Work-2It brings me great joy & trepedation to bring another audio conversation to you in today’s post. A few weeks ago, I recorded an interview with Brandon Chase on this blog. It caused quite a stir to say the least. You can check that conversation out HERE. It stirred up a lot of great conversation and questions, so we decided to record another conversation that we thought would be vitally important to have.

I can honestly say that the things we discuss in this conversation have the potential to challenge and rearrange the very foundational views of reality we have deeply held to. This conversation has the potential to liberate us from destructive lies that each one of us have unknowingly bought into and assumed, and that are destroying our most precious relationships. Continue Reading…