Neighborhood boy done good

Sign on my childhood church:
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notice in the local paper:
Tonight's talk

my talk:

Talking to my childhood church on June 25, 2011. (My “first sermon” said someone in attendance.)

More on Pronoia, see Rob Brezneys’ (freewillastrology.com). Huge thanks to Grandpa (GrandpaCaleb.com) & Jacob (JacobGlass.com) who inspired big parts of the talk.

Church?

I am VERY excited to be speaking at my childhood church this Saturday at 5pm.

UNIVERSITY CITY UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
2877 Governor Drive
San Diego, CA 92122

It is a wonderful, open & accepting church. And I hope that you can join me!

I went to Sunday School there. I went to confirmation classes there. At the end of confirmation classes, I told my minister that I believed that Jesus was an exceptional man…but no more a son of god than anyone else. The minister respected my opinion and asked if I wanted to be confirmed anyway – for my family. Questioning was healthy, he said. I was confirmed in front of my family and grandparents.

I had a period of anger towards the church, but it has passed. I now have a deep admiration for those who follow Jesus as a teacher, and a sadness for those who get caught in the dogmic traps of church hierarchy and rules. The term “Christian” to me, no longer means much – far too much variety lives under that umbrella. But it no longer has a negative meaning to me.

My mom (who I connect deeply with, spiritually) goes to church every week & sings in the choir. I formed 1stSaturdays.org with Jason, a devout Christian. I spent LOTS of time with my grandpa, a baptist minister. I LOVE Jesus. I love the sermon on the mount. And I love & admire many Christians. Sadly , much of the behavior seen from churches & people claiming to be Christian is not very Jesus-like. But that doesn’t diminish the teachings.

Christianity is a wonderful path for many people. If it works to help you be a more loving, peaceful person, then YAY! All religions are true and perfect for those they resonate with.

Love,
-John

Talk info:
“Attitude of Gratitude”
With John Styn
Saturday afternoon, June 25, at 5:11 p.m. on the church patio
This 5:11 Contemporary Gathering will feature “Love Ambassador” and dynamic speaker John Styn, who will address the topic of Gratitude.
Styn hosts a weekly online broadcast called “HugNation” in which people from around the world tune in to hear him address daily topics and share “virtual hugs” with each other. You can find out more on his web site: www.lifestudent.com/hub/hugnation/.

The 5:11 Contemporary Gatherings are based on Psalms 5:11. Childcare is provided and refreshments served afterwards. We are a progressive and inclusive congregation and all are welcome. We look forward to meeting you!

UCUC
UNIVERSITY CITY
2877 Governor Drive
San Diego, CA 92122

Leave No Trace

“Leave No Trace” is one of the 10 Principles of Burning Man. It seems pretty simple. But the LNT mentality can be a significant jump in consciousness for people ingrained with a consumer mindset. In this video I discuss “Leave No Trace” in the wake of my experience at Lightning In a Bottle and ponder the spiritual implications of the practice. We gotta do pour part AND educate those around us. Thankfully, the payoff is spectacular!

(This is more of a “Philosophical” tip. For more on the “How” of Leaving No Trace, consult BurningMan.com & The Survival Guide.)

**NOTE: I AM NOT AN OFFICIAL REPRESENTATIVE OF BURNING MAN. I am merely a 13-year Participant with a passion for the event, people, and principles of Burning Man. Views expressed aren’t necessarily those of the Burning Man organization.” **

Old Job: Newsletter Writer.

Here’s an example of a newsletter I used to write for ******** Affiliate Program.

I was in a bathhouse yesterday when American Idol finalist Bo Bice sat down next to me and started massaging my neck.
He quietly started singing an unfamiliar song in my ear…
“When it comes to booze, we all love tonic and gin 
And when it comes to payouts, we all love the new Win-Win
But I’ll tell you pink haired fellow, the pop-ups have taken their toll… 
When will ***********launch WIN WIN No Console????”
I spun around, told him he wasn’t my type, and then sang back in my best Bruce Dickinson voice,
“We’re Rocking the Win-Win Classic… 
We’re Rocking the Win Win Classic…
$50 per conversion, $5 per failed conversion, Yeah! 
And No Consoles, baby..No Consoles Baby, No Consoles, Yeahhhhhh
Just Tons of Cash as we rock the Win Win Classic!”
Okay, truth be told, * most* of that story is made up.
I’ve never met Bo Bice.
But ************did* just launch a no-console version of the Win-Win payout.
And yes, I *am* rocking the Win-Win Classic.
*cue guitar solo*
Now, what’s new in ***********land…