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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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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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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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 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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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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“Faith involves using the imagination. The greater the faith, the greater the imagination.” – Dr. Jeffrey Garner, Pastor of San Francisco Lighthouse and adjunct Professor at Western Seminary “…whenever anyone is in extremis (going through any kind of crisis), their chances of survival are far greater when their horizons are formed of projected images from…

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“What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.” I’m taking a little break from the “series” for a little reflection. It’s been a while since I have felt the feeling that our lives hang by a thread. I’m grateful to be alive, that I did…

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It’s well known that emotions tend to be suppressed in Asian culture. CNN has long reported that sharing weaknesses is “taboo” in Asian cultures. More recently, Sam Louie in his book “Asian Honor” describes “Soul Murder” where Asian adults “have lost their abilities to say no, articulate what they want, set boundaries, or even acknowledge feeling…

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