Pastor Rudy Blog

I recently wrote a book on unconditional love titled “Love.Period: when all else fails.” I had no idea of how resistant American culture was to the idea of genuinely accepting others without specific conditions. I was shocked, dismayed, and somewhat disillusioned when reality finally sat in on the fact that people really don't love but […] [...]
Tue, Mar 17, 2015
The Pastor Rudy Experience
What keeps us from engaging others with vulnerability in order to free others, and ourselves, to live fully in God's love? Fear is the number-one, most longstanding factor that keeps us from reaching out to others. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke eloquently about fear. He said: Normal fear protects us from dangers, but abnormal […] [...]
Sun, Jul 20, 2014
The Pastor Rudy Experience
I have experienced moments in my life when anger was the only response I could find. Life has taught me that there are actually two types of anger, unjustified and justified anger and its amazing how similar they are. Unjustified anger is often a result of an ego driven response that denies others of to […] [...]
Wed, Jun 25, 2014
The Pastor Rudy Experience
In light of Michael Sam's becoming the first openly gay player to be drafted into the NFL, what constantly surprises me is the tension that continues to permeate the Christian discussion on inclusivity or more specifically “who's in and who's out.” ESPN's Sports Center broadcast the celebratory kiss between Michael Sam and his boyfriend, Vito […] [...]
Fri, May 16, 2014
The Pastor Rudy Experience
I've been watching the tragic circumstances surrounding the abduction of the 200+ Nigerian schoolgirls in Chibok over the past several weeks with a heavy heart. The story has been a constant reminder of a disappearance much closer to home. Our fifteen year old church member “Coco” (her nickname) walked out of her grandmother's house two […] [...]
Tue, May 13, 2014
The Pastor Rudy Experience