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Please, Don’t Invite Someone to Church This Month

Please, Don’t Invite Someone to Church This Month

Mar 29, 2016

We’ve got some big problems in the Church these days. That’s no great revelation. Just ask anybody on the street what they think of Christianity, especially during election season, and you’ll get an earful.  We hear it so often, in fact, that we in the Church turn a deaf ear to it. We tune it out. We’re callous to criticism. And we just go on our merry way,...

The Rock & the Rainbow: Homeless LGBT Youth Finding Jesus in Condoms

The Rock & the Rainbow: Homeless LGBT Youth Finding Jesus in Condoms

Mar 24, 2015

In Los Angeles, a young male prostitute thinks he is being approached by another man for sex. As Rev. William Griffith gets closer, the 17 year old smiles sheepishly as he reads the t-Shirt worn by the unconventional street pastor dressed his normal attire. Shorts and sandals. The shaved head and thick, grey beard gives him some authority in the darkness of the...

Critics, Condoms & Christ

Critics, Condoms & Christ

Sep 24, 2014

One of the challenges of street ministry is in being able to descend on those streets with the love and compassion of Jesus Christ. The streets, especially in downtown Los Angeles, as in any large city, are brutal. We approach the reality of the streets with the example Christ set in meeting the needs of the people first and allowing the awesome power of the...

Money, Personal Priorities, and Changing the World

Money, Personal Priorities, and Changing the World

Aug 20, 2013

We live for money. Let’s be honest. Especially if we’re American. It’s in our blood. And despite all our insistence about living a life full of meaning and purpose, about being fulfilled, and not surrendering to the rancid materialism everywhere around us … we hold on to our debit cards like they were oxygen tanks under water. Well, unless there’s a good sale...

I Met a Man

I Met a Man

May 27, 2013

The office of the company I work for is in downtown Kansas City, well actually, it’s kind of on the fringe of the core of downtown. But it’s downtown in the sense that on a pretty regular basis, there are homeless folks walking the street in front of our building. Or climbing into the dumpster in our parking lot. Or standing under the overhang at...

Abercrombie & Bitch

Abercrombie & Bitch

May 14, 2013

“In every school there are the cool and popular kids, and then there are the not-so-cool kids.  We go after the cool kids.  We go after the attractive All-American kids with a great attitude and a lot of friends.  A lot of people don’t belong in our clothes and they can’t belong.  Are we exclusionary? Absolutely.” This statement has been...

Creating the Best Christmas

Creating the Best Christmas

Dec 22, 2012

Last weekend, I set off to do my Christmas shopping.  As a single gay Dad, time to do such an activity is scarce.  I also have to admit, my heart is a bit distracted over the shopping endeavor this year.   The night I went out, it was pouring rain, which fed into the “weather outside is frightful” milieu, but still meant the idea of shopping sucked. Everything...