Week of Prayer

Week of Prayer

Every day there will be a prayer cycle based on the five prayers recorded in Luke 1-2. Each prayer is recited at a certain time in the day, which offers a way of reflecting spiritually on the story of Christ, while being propelled into action in the public sphere The cycle goes like this: Upon Rising  I am the Lord’s servant….May your word to me be fulfilled.” – Luke 1:38 Begin your day with expectancy and faithfulness. It readies us to accept whatever the Lord brings that day. In the Morning  “My soul…Read more
“Singing Brings Out The Soul” – A Reflection on Fannie Lou Hamer

“Singing Brings Out The Soul” – A Reflection on Fannie Lou Hamer

BY JON TSCHANZ "I Voted." Those stickers, though. I think they mean something. One of the most influential writers in American history, James Baldwin, said once that, "People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them" (Stranger in the Village, 119). In a history of the United States, not everyone was always allowed to vote, to get that sticker that says, "I voted!" What if you were in the depths of  of Mississippi just trying to survive and your black skin equated you with being less than human, let alone the…Read more
No Credit Christianity

No Credit Christianity

BY JON TSCHANZ This is not a checklist. This is your whole being. The Christian life is never thought of in static terms and you may never get credit for that life. St. Francis of Assisi was the son of a wealthy textile merchant who was supposed to take care of the family business when he became a man. Francis had a vision of God telling him that he was going to help re-build the church. So he left it all. He left the wealth, the security and the success. Francis left it all…Read more
Time: The Only True Treasure

Time: The Only True Treasure

BY JON TSCHANZ "With each sun rise, so does your bank account." I saw this line plastered across a bus a couple of weeks ago. It's a little different than what I have heard uttered through so many of those who have gone before us. "With each sun rise, so does Christ." That phrase. That phrase. That phrase. "With each sun rise, so does Christ." Every since I saw that bus, I have been thinking how truly radical this statement actually is. It's so counter to how we live, think and breathe in.…Read more
Coal Lips

Coal Lips

BY JON TSCHANZ Last fall, as a couple of close friends and I were leaving a concert in Downtown Orlando (We went to see this guy named Kurt Vile, or as my friend David would say, "Sad rock forever!"), we ran into two other friends of mine leaving an Orlando Solar Bears hockey game. And right as we get to chatting, a street preacher on the street corner adjacent to us starts yelling at us. "Repent or you will burn in eternal damnation. You are all sinners! You will burn in hell if…Read more
Community Based Righteousness

Community Based Righteousness

BY JON TSCHANZ The super-producer Rick Rubin has worked with musicians that range from Johnny Cash to Shakira, from Adele to Jay Z, from the Beastie Boys to Slipknot, from Lady Gaga to The Dixie Chicks, from the Red Hot Chili Peppers to Ed Sheeran and others (most recently Kanye West and Eminem). One time I saw Rick at Art Basel Miami walking around, buying art that I could only dream about owning. Most people wouldn't even know what the man looks like, but he has this giant beard he hasn't cut since he…Read more
Salt + Light

Salt + Light

BY JON TSCHANZ Increasingly I meet people who have struggled with organized religion and tons of people who grew up in churches, but find them less and less compelling. The ugly truth is that I often feel this way about churches and church-life as well. Who wants the hypocrisy, the self-righteousness or the judgment? I heard recently that a 19th century Theologian once said, "Jesus came to proclaim the Kingdom of God and he got the church." A brilliant friend of mine recently stated, "I'm not too sure about church anymore, but Jesus...Jesus is in…Read more
#Blessed

#Blessed

By Jon Tschanz If you search #blessed on your social media platform of choice, you will see a consistent stream, a constant update, from those of us who are feeling very blessed. "My new haircut is amazing! I Love it #blessed" "Got to meet Aaron Paul from Breaking Bad! #blessed" "Just another day in the sun on the boat with friends! #blessed" "Dinner with the fam! #blessed" "Finally seeing ?uestlove DJ a show in Otown! #blessed" That last one is mine, just FYI. Just so you know I'm not just trying to hate…Read more