The Westminster Confession of Funk

Talking about theology, but keeping it funky

I am a husband and father and pastor of Trinity Covenant Church and teacher as St. Abraham’s Classical Christian Academy in Santa Cruz, CA.

I married my Indian Princess just before Y2K. I am an old fashioned Protestant Christian Humanist who lives where people vacation. I love music, love to surf, coach soccer for a hoard of minions, play the drums, and read actual flesh and blood books. I enjoy theology and literature and history and philosophy (if Sophie is serving beer) and Anglo-Saxon Poetry.

If I could have lunch with any three living people, I would have buffalo ribs with a butter, mushroom, cream sauce, Roxy Ray would be singing with Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, and I’d be at table with Tom Wolfe, ?uestlove, and Adam Schlesinger (and Brad Bird, because it’s my fantasy, and no one can count in my fantasy).

If I could have dinner with any three dead people (and the TARDIS was there with its universal language translation circuit) I’d have slow smoked dry ribs with the author of Beowulf, Herodotus, Martin Bucer, and Polycarp (see the previous paragraph if you have questions about my ability to count). And Janis Joplin would be singing with Louis Armstrong and his All-Stars backed up by Parliament Funkadelic of course.

My carefully crafted internet persona is also much cooler than my actual person, but I can live with that.

Kindness seems to have fallen by the wayside in the Christian Church. At best it is ignored and forgotten. At worst it is treated like a weakness. But the harder the church attempts to produce culture warriors ready to fight for the nation’s soul, the less effective she becomes at leading people to Jesus. The more we have focused on dealing death in the battles of today the less we have been able to find life.

"In Pursuit of Kindness," by Jason Farley, published by Jovial Press, is available HERE.

"Jason Farley's poetry serves up center-cut, double-thick slices of verbal bacon, sizzled in a hot cast iron pan: it crackles and pops with all the depth and flavor of life." 
Joe Carlson, author of 'The Lay of Creation' and 'The Whirlwind Bides His Time.'

"As someone who reads poetry on the hunt for great lines, I welcome this collection from Jason Farley. There are some great lines here. The poems are good too." 
Douglas Wilson author of 'Beowulf: A New Verse Translation' and 'Untune the Sky.'

The animals are preparing to hibernate. The bear has been building up his fur, the squirrels have been gathering nuts in their home, and the birds are buckling down for a cold winter. And they are all willing to wait because they are all looking forward to the day when spring breaks. Jason Farley's poem, accompanied by the beautiful pen and watercolor illustrations of Jessica Linn Evans, show a bear, a family of squirrels, and birds that all trust that Spring will come after winter.