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Jeffrey Garner
San Francisco
Interests: Julie. Philosophical Rants and Theological Musings over Beloved Grip (Philz Coffee: Jacob/Red Sea/Philtered Soul/Cardemom/Mocha). sunrise prayer jaunts, hiking, sunset reveries, playing wii with Jed, hitting the SF Library with Jeru, watching Jed play sports and anything my kids perform. Writing my soul to life
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Friend I am still working on my writing and I thank you for the constructive criticism. Any advice you can give me would be much appreciated. Apparently we agree that there is such a thing as spiritual authority. This was the same debate Jesus had over and over in the Gospel of John. The real question is who has it and how is it suppose to be used. Jesus has spiritual authority (all authority in heaven and on earth is given to me ...) and The way I understand Jesus to use it is washing feet, serving one another, and rebuking/correcting the religious elitists of his day. He then tells us in John 13 he doesnt want us to use authority/government/leadership as the gentiles but to serve one another in love. We are to submit ourselves to one another out of reverence for Christ. Jesus offers us a counter-intuitive approach from what our intuition and predisposition leads us to do (lording our authority over others) as is seen here: Thank you for the feedback, I shocked that anyone is still reading a post from over five years ago! Jeff
Toggle Commented Jun 28, 2013 on Don't Question People in Authority! at
during lent I will be blogging and following the blog from under the Lent banner. I hope to complete the trajectory of "Fit to Live" posts once Lent is complete. Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2012 at
What is this new identity? Adam is the representative figure for the whole human race. What do I mean by that? Adam represents all of us—he is created in God’s image and yet rejects this to cast his own shadow.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2012 at
Could you talk about how the Gospel changes us? Where does the transformation begin? In the beginning God created us--of all creation--to reflect him, we bore his image and likeness to the cosmos. He declared it so, “Let us make... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2012 at
This is post-2 in a string of posts for the Beloved in San Francisco. Its pretty much basic stuff we annually remind ourselves of. Here goes the second question. So you are making a case that we, as the Beloved,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2012 at
Each January Lighthouse downshifts with a series of sermons that remind us of who we are, what we are called to do, and where we get the motivation for all of this. There is a common refrain in the Petrine... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2012 at
Hey friend, Two nights ago I couldn't sleep. I sensed your time with us was drawing to a close so I hopped on my bike and made the peddle over to your studio. Gabriel was there. Stop and think about... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2012 at
Jerusalem's report card came in the mail a couple days ago. I already knew her grades since at Christmas she wrapped a make-shift report card and gave it to us with these words, "Dad and mom, my present to you... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2012 at
Salvation is the gift of seeing how weakness and vulnerability are the very means by which God saw fit to save us. God did not rip through the veil of sky and earth with the super human powers of a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2011 at
Disciplemaking as a pedagogy in the centuries leading up to Jesus was common and distinct, not just in the region of the Galilee, but in the Greco-Roman world. Perhaps the most famous of the Greco-Roman disciplers was the Cynic philosopher Diogenes (4th century BCE) and his famous disciple Crates, who... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2011 at Along the Way
For 6 years God has used a classrrom and its students to mold and infuse my thinking on Disciples, Disciplemaking and Disciplehood. That class has been Western Seminary's Growing Disciples Intentionally. When Gary Tuck asked me to teach this class way back when, I had no idea how God would... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2011 at DISCIPLE
Interested in a 4-day apprenticeship in disciplemaking? May 30-June 2, 2012 we will share some tools for disciplemakers. Follow the link here for more information. Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2011 at
Going up to worship is an oft repeated activity of the Faithful. Peasants and country-folk, blue-collar tradesmen and devoted mothers with children-in-tow pilgrimaging to Zion, to meet God, to rinse away sin and summit with the Eternal. The Ancients always... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2010 at
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Mar 15, 2010
I agree, he was the greatest teacher, rabbi, but more specifically, because he was God in humanity. This week I will share how he "articulated and illustrated the Kingdom of God" . . . My first reflection will be on the way he told stories. Storying . . .
Toggle Commented Jul 21, 2009 on Mathetes "a way of life" at
Jeff/Caesar: Thank you guys for posting. What you guys are doing in SOMA is amazing. I was, as you can see in the post, so inspired by your devotion to God's Kingdom. Rock on. Caesar, i remember hearing someone say it at SOMA "Buildings, budgets, and butts, but couldnt remember who. Thanks for clarity. Sorry for not giving you props. :-) I love it, though, along with the other b's "brothers of the leaf. Kimo, Talofa. thanks for the words. And yeah, "I am crazy." :-o. Love ya, bro. Woody, thanks for your encouragement. You and Jessica are amazing. Rustin, see what i said, to Caesar about the three Bs. Dude, I missed you at the Kings of Leon concert. Where were you? Did you go? Jeff
Toggle Commented Jun 6, 2009 on Missional Community Dreaming in SF at
Nathan: prototype is in the works. Excellent idea. It moves us forward. Vince: thank you for the encouragement. Genaro/Monica: thank you for your support. We'll need it. You are right downtown so your love for the City is already there and you are capable leaders. Henry: thank you for the wisdom. I agree 'discomfort; is a great thing sometimes.' Sean: thanks for the thoughts. I couldnt agree more regarding seeking God and getting direction from him. Thanks for the reminder of who is King of this Kingdom. Regarding, stopping Sunday gatherings . . . I feel it is one of the practices that the church has down that is most connected to the early church. They meant on the first day of the week, every week, and celebrated Resurrection. To cease gathering on Sunday (with exceptions of special causes, is to miss out on an important lifestyle of the early church). Gathering on Sunday roots us in the reminder that an 8th day was added to our week, a new creation day, a day when resurrection power came to earth. Much love Brother and glad to hear your words.
Toggle Commented Jun 3, 2009 on Missional Community Dreaming in SF at
Unbelievers in John 8, must be qualified by Jews. These were no random sinners. These were religious teachers of the Law of God. These men knew every verse on the Messiah. They were witnessing the Son of God in action. They blinked at the miracles, snuffed at the teachings, and quoted Moses and Micah. They were witnessing the greatest moment in the history of the world and they knew it was coming and they still rejected it. Their unbelieving hearts can't be compared to an atheist's heart. And whereas without Christ we all die in our sins, Jesus approach to these bastions of elitism is well deserved. check out the podcasts and again check out the podcasts. I am not sure if Sundays is up yet, but in all fairness they should be listened to in order since they build off of each other.
Shocked, Your post got me to thinking about something i wrote on Sunday. "While faith may provide security, it never is so confident that it ceases to be faith. I have learned that proof is not truth, and facts never produce faith. Louis Berkhof said, “The revelational encounter…confirms our doubt at the moment that it abolishes it. Because God makes himself known, we know once and for all that God can only be known by God.” God is not confirmed by science, validated by philosophy, substantiated by reason. God is revealed by God. This is what Jesus meant when he said to Peter, “flesh and blood didn’t reveal this to you but my father in heaven.” Yes, the heaven declare the glory of God and the skies show forth his glory. Yes they have a language declaring God, but we are so sinful, so fallen, so far from God that we can't hear, and in fact will ourselves not to hear. I think that is why God says without faith its impossible to please God. In the moment when we think we have proven our faith it morphs into something else. It becomes science or formula or a predictable equation, but its not faith. And when we don’t need faith, we don’t need God. We, in fact, by removing the mystery, have displaced God with our comprehension. We have become God. We understand all. (or so we think). My passion is to call people to faith, not comprehension. To call people to revelation and not manipulation. That’s why I keep pointing to God, as seen in the face of Jesus Christ. "Look, behold, God has come to us!" Our questions and pains and indifferences are portals through which we can catch glimpses of Jesus Christ, and if we can see Jesus, I confess that we are seeing God.
Wayne, This post isnt about the ungodly who hold up a cloak of spirituality. This post is about is Jesus Christ the only way? When did we start talking about Gay Pastors and Stiffnecked? Man, that was a huge leap! If you can direct me to your blog I would be happy to interact with the questions you raise on your blog. But this is way out of context. you are talking about "Christians" who practice homosexuality. I am talking about "unbelievers" who think that Jesus and his church is a sham. We are talking about two categorically different audiences.