An Atheist and a Theist Blog Together about Life

San Francisco has a unique way of breeding relationships that go beyond the surface. It’s aura of parks, coffee shops, and common living spaces facilities connection and community that are life-giving to me. This reflect God’s beauty, and reflects heaven to me, even with all the brokeness in the City. And especially meaningful to me…

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Sharing love with San Francisco’s interfaith worshipping communities

On a recent Sunday morning, I took my family to church as I do most Sundays. But this Sunday was different. After our worship service, bicyclists began gathering outside my church from San Francisco’s diverse inter-faith community.  I welcomed everyone to my church and began my role of presiding over this first-ever inter-faith service on wheels.…

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Why I Give Tours of Chinatown

Telling the story of Chinatown, especially the seldom-told story of how Chinatown finds itself in God’s story, opens the heart to greater compassion, both for people who relate to Chinatown’s culture, and for those who know nothing about it besides dim sum and fortune cookies. Telling the story of Chinatown widens the conduits of our hearts…

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Letters of Recommendation: The Role of Seminary

Mid-life Forks in the Road: Just the other day, i ran into an acquiantance, a pastor friend of mine in his late 40s. He was looking for a new ministry job and shared with me that he had gone back to seminary because his professor told him that a seminary degree and a subsequent ordination…

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The Nearness of Heaven – The Awakening of my Soul

“The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed, nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is in your midst.” Lk 17:20-21 (NET) American Christianity has many myths that include… the myth that you can live your Christian life alone the myth that…

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Demystifying 
The Internal Civil War

Is there a civil war going on inside our souls, a “bad” vs “good” nature that is waging war inside of us? Many books and Bible teaching on the subject assume this is the case. Even Bible translations that employ the term “sinful nature” to translate “flesh” suggest this. For example, Gal 5:17 seems to…

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I killed Mr. Spock in 2014

        “I am the door for the sheep. 10:8 All who came before me were thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. 10:9 I am the door. If anyone enters through me, he will be saved, and will come in and go out, and find pasture. 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill…

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The Four Spiritual Laws if it were written from an Eastern Perspective: Epilogue

I can’t imagine myself using the “4-Spiritual Laws from an Eastern Perspective” any time soon. And I regularly engage in dozens and dozens of spiritual conversations.  So why did I write these “4-laws from an Eastern Perspective?” if I don’t use them myself? (graphic above from http://wernermischke.org) Following are links to all four “laws”: Law 1, Law 2, Law…

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