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Jay Cooper
Tempe, AZ
You. Me. God. Doesn't get any better.
Interests: My passions are an honest pursuit of God with friends, enjoying this gift called life, and helping to relieve the burdens of others so they can enjoy it too (a cold homebrew isn't bad either).
Recent Activity
I stood in the aisle at Toys ‘R’ Us and I cried my little eyes out. My mom had told me that I could pick out one toy, and I simply could not decide which one to choose. To be honest, I wanted all of ‘em, and the pressure of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2011 at Souls Gone Wild
The purpose of the Christian life is to become disciples of Jesus. Now I know that words like ‘disciple’ can freak people out. When we hear that word we often think about those nutty Branch Davidians or hear an evil character saying “Well done my young apprentice.” In many contexts,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2011 at Souls Gone Wild
In preparing for their roles over the years actors have famously asked, "What's my motivation?" The purpose of this question is to help them understand why their character would say or do certain things. It's an important question because without understanding the reason behind their character's actions and words, it... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2011 at Souls Gone Wild
I took a vacation recently, and frankly, feel guilty about it. I am, after all, trying to start a new church. Shouldn’t I have been busy doing something productive and not lazily hanging out on a beach? Weren’t there people to meet, plans to make, prayers to say and worship... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2011 at Souls Gone Wild
Can God compete with technology? I walked into a restaurant the other day and everyone had their heads bowed. For a moment I thought there had been some spiritual awakening in America and they were all praying! But then I realized everyone was just looking down at their iPhones. So... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2011 at Souls Gone Wild
There is one particularly attractive woman at the gym where I exercise. You know, the kind of woman that both men and women stare at. One day last week, she was running on a treadmill right next to a much less attractive, obese woman. It was a heartbreaking scene. I... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2011 at Souls Gone Wild
Jesus, What is there to say, really, but thank you? What is there to do, really, except live our lives in response to this incredible act of love? Help us to become givers of life, as you gave your life for us. See you Sunday. Love, Us Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2011 at Souls Gone Wild
I remember it like it was yesterday: I was new to the 6th grade and trying my absolute best to act like I actually knew what I was doing (which is hard to do when you're sporting a pink Polo shirt, rolled-up jeans and multi-colored Cons). It was lunch period,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2011 at Souls Gone Wild
When it comes to faith, many of us are still sitting in Sunday School coloring pictures of animals entering the ark two-by-two. In the previous blog, we discussed the importance of FEELING and EXPERIENCING God - two things that seemed easier/more natural when we were younger. I suggested that, although... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2011 at Souls Gone Wild
I'm only a little embarrassed to admit that I'm one of those kids who cried at camp. It wasn't like a scene from that Jesus Camp movie, where adult leaders try to work unsuspecting youth into an emotional frenzy so they can make them give their lives to Christ, but... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2011 at Souls Gone Wild
I conducted a little research study on myself recently. Ideally, I thought, the racial makeup of my 425 friends on Facebook should mirror the demographics of the United States: 65% white, 13% Hispanic/Latino, 12% black, 4% Asian, 6% other races. So, did they? Nope. Not even close. Surely I would... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2011 at Souls Gone Wild
I can't earn God's love. Lent started yesterday. I was marked with ashes and reminded that "From ashes I came, to ashes I shall return." In the past I accepted this mark as a wanna-be-martyr. I left church in a somber mood, determined to make sure that for the next... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2011 at Souls Gone Wild
Do you want to be famous? It's become more common for American children and youth to believe that they will be someone famous when they grow up. Raised in an age when virtual unknowns become virtual sensations overnight - at times, even for just uploading a home video on You... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2011 at Souls Gone Wild
Confession: I'm probably more liberal in my theology than I let on. This is difficult to admit because, for the most part, Christianity remains a religion where conservatives (the orthodox) have the final word. The thing is, I actually accept the majority of the historical assertions made by the Christian... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2011 at Souls Gone Wild
Call 'em jerks. Call 'em a**holes. Call 'em scum of the earth. Call 'em whatever you want, just don't call 'em sinners. I had a bunch of friends and acquainances fill-out a spiritual survey once. One of the first questions was: "Are you essentially a) a good person, b) an... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2011 at Souls Gone Wild
Have you ever tried to do anything in your life that would have been impossible without faith? I believe in God, therefore, it's easy for me to say, "I have faith." But do I really? Or, like many religious people, am I confusing faith with belief? It's a common mistake... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2011 at Souls Gone Wild
Guest post by: Nathan Bledsoe, seminary student at Union Theological Seminary, NYC I used to pray by the laundry list method: Every night, when I went to bed, I would sit and come up with all the people and stuff I wanted to pray for. Then I would throw in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2011 at Souls Gone Wild
By the end of this year, I hope to give birth. I just got the news yesterday and since then have been swinging back and forth between feelings of excitement and anxiety. One moment I'll think, "It's going to be amazing!" and the next I'll wonder, "Am I ready/qualified/able to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2011 at Souls Gone Wild
The first question the authors of the Bible have God ask is, "Where are you?" Within the context of Genesis, the first book of the Hebrew Bible, this question is posed to Adam, the representative of humankind. At the time, Adam is hiding from God in the Garden of Eden... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2010 at Souls Gone Wild
As humans, we generally try to avoid pain and suffering. We shelter ourselves from the world by living in gated communities, we "escape" reality, even if only momentarily, by going to movies, we throw back a few beers at quitting time in order to forget about work, and we pray... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2010 at Souls Gone Wild
If I were Jesus, I would have punched me in the nose by now. Let's be honest, religion is an easy target. And the church is often guilty of many of the insults commonly hurled against it. Lately, however, I've realized that I need to be more careful with my... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2010 at Souls Gone Wild
Imagine there's no Heaven It's easy if you try No hell below us Above us only sky Imagine all the people Living for today Imagine there's no countries It isn't hard to do Nothing to kill or die for And no religion too Imagine all the people Living life in... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2010 at Souls Gone Wild
In case you hadn't noticed, it's not very hip these days to be a person of religious faith. Doubt is in, baby. The stereotype goes that faith is now only for ultra-conservative evangelicals with bad haircuts, nerdy teenage kids who can't get a date and soccer moms who live in... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2010 at Souls Gone Wild
When I was 13 years old my parents banned me from watching football for one year because I had gotten "too emotionally involved." By emotional they meant obsessed, which became fairly evident to everyone the time my beloved Vikings lost and I pounded my Nintendo game controllers into a piece... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2010 at Souls Gone Wild
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the lands! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into God's presence with singing! Know that the Lord is God! It is he that made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2010 at Souls Gone Wild