Posts By: Jeff Oleson

The People of Heaven (Heaven Pt. 4)

“I feel like I’m drinking from the Source of the Stream. Does this mean I’ll feel no more longing?” The King – the Source—replies, “You will have the sweet longing of desire that can be fulfilled and shall be again and again and again. Heaven is not the absence of longing but its fulfillment.” -excerpt… Read more »

The New Earth (Heaven Pt. 3)

Having already discussed why it should be important for us to set our minds on Heaven, I want to direct our minds to specifics concerning what Heaven will be like. This week the question I hope to help answer will be: what will Heaven, the place itself, be like? So lets get right into it…. Read more »

Yearning for Our Home (Heaven, Part 2)

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud… Read more »

Disney God

Disneyland. What an amazing place. The long road trip down there was richly rewarded with endless sensory pleasure, smiles, laughs, conversations with friends, cotton candy, thrills, and nostalgia. The mile-long line for Space Mountain hurt our feet, yet it made our eyes go wide with wonder and our faces look like school children again. Amazing… Read more »

Cloud and Fire

Sitting in a coffee shop late on a Friday afternoon with my friend Russ, I’m tired from a manic work week. I’m tired from all the little decisions I had to make. I’m tired of jumping from thing to thing to thing. I’m tired of doing so many little things that lack purpose or direction…. Read more »

A New Passion. A New Addiction.

Five of us guys sat on couches in a triangle in my living room, talking about God on a Friday night, which I found quite remarkable for a bunch of young dudes. Our friends Josh and Nate brought along their friend Travis* to hang out. Several guys in our small group have been rescued by… Read more »

Small Groups on Mission

Many small groups are simply groups that meet one night a week for a strictly kept hour or two, simply study the Bible, pray together after for five minutes and that’s it. This year I’ve had the privilege of leading one that has become so much more than that. I think the key component is… Read more »

Why I Love Jesus and Don’t Hate Jefferson Bethke

Jefferson Bethke’s spoken-word poem “Why I hate religion, but love Jesus”, has garnered plenty of attention over the past couple of weeks, going viral from YouTube, causing plenty of ripples in the Christian community and abroad. I loved Alicia McClintic’s thoughtful responselast week on the Awakening blog, and I agree with everything she had to say, so… Read more »

Just Be

I was walking along the cliff over-looking the Pacific, breathing in the cool ocean air on an unusually beautiful January afternoon. My mind and body were just starting to unwind after a hectic week of dealing with deadlines and commitments, my restaurant guests needing endless amounts of little luxuries, and expectations of who I need… Read more »

Let’s Do This

My parents first met at a mobile dental clinic in Davis, when my dad was in dental school and my mom was getting ready to go to dental hygiene school. Such was the beginning of me growing up in a dental family. When I was in high school, I started working for my dad over… Read more »


Tebow•ing (verb) 1.) To get down on a knee and start praying, even if everyone else around you is doing something completely different. Eg: I was in the middle of Times Square and I saw a girl Tebowing in the street. She almost got squashed. Urban Dictionary Yep, the sports world has invented a new… Read more »

Being Doers for the Fate of the Human Race

It is easy to go to church, hear a sermon, be deeply moved by it and then go back to life as normal, quickly forgetting what you heard. It is easy to hear truth and really believe in it, but harder and more vital to act upon it. But the more teaching we get, the… Read more »