This blog is an expression of my communicative abilities and a snapshot of who I am. It is for me a ‘sacred space’ to muse and reflect on the movement of God in me and around me. Below are some major themes in my life.
I am a Shema-spiritualist. The shema is the Hebrew term for “hear” and the Jewish name for identifying Deuteronomy 6:4-5, “love YHWH your God with all your heart, soul, and might”. Alongside “love your neighbor as yourself”, Jesus quotes the shema in Mt. 22:37, Mk 12:30, and Lk 10:27; telling the crowd that this is the sum of all authentic spiritual experience.
I am an adventurist. Adventure is one of my primary metaphors for life and one way I know to stay positive through it all. Plus, I gravitate toward the sports that exemplify adventure: biking, mountain-biking, snowboarding, and surfing.
I am a romantic. The movie Up makes me weep. A good saturday night involves fine dining beach side, alongside my wife. I wear my heart on my sleeve, as they say. You’re likely to tell if I’m having an off day.
I am into community. Yeah I like the NBC sitcom, but beyond that, I want to know and be known. Our culture is too fragmented and isolating. I want to really live. God is by nature a community and humanity is meant to live within it.
I am an ecumenist. This means that I value the various expressions and forms of Christian worship throughout the ages and across the globe. It means I seek to understand before I criticize beliefs and practices that are different from my own. And it means that I proactively build bridges with people of diverse religious backgrounds for the unity of the church and the good of the world (cf. John 17).