April 21, 2015

Since last week’s report on my monumental project, I am happy to tell you I’m about 77% completed with phase 1 of this project.  That’s up from 75% last week.  What’s the difference between 75% and 77%? It’s just a gut feeling.  I made some progress, but more progress is needed this week.  Thanks to those who have been encouraging me along the way.  It’s greatly needed and means a lot.  I appreciate it more than you may know. With that said, here is this week’s noteworthy insight… 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.

April 14, 2015

In last week’s post, I shared some news with you regarding why I haven’t been blogging as much recently. I told you that I have been working on a truly monumental project. Here is how I described this project:

“I believe this project to be quite important. As a matter of fact, I was born for this project. It has become quite clear to me this project cannot be delayed any longer as all the roads I’ve been on in my adult life have actually led me to this very project. This monumental project is the mountain directly in my path. Moving forward will require me to climb this mountain and complete this project”.

Although I told you I would not be blogging regularly until I complete this monumental project, I did say I’d be giving you regular progress updates and insights regarding this project. In today’s post, I’d like to do just that. Continue Reading…

April 6, 2015

belly picWhere have I been, and what have I been doing? These are a couple of questions that have been on the minds of some. It’s been a few weeks since I last posted here, and there is a reason for that. In today’s post, I’d like to tell you why. Continue Reading…

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…

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…