“There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:28 NIV Sorry, but Christ Matters, Love Matters, Faith Matters, The Cross Matters. Human made divisions don’t. If we are more interested in hashtags, causes and labels then people, love and unity then maybe we need to look at our … Continue reading God May Not Be a #BLM Supporter
Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test?2 Corinthians 13:5 NIV Lately I’ve had a lot of time on my hands and as is common in these moments I get a bit reflective. It was in one of those moments I was overwhelmed with anxiety … Continue reading Self-Discovery and Other Hells
When I was growing up I thought that when I would have more surety and security. My faith would be solid and firm and unclouded. Yet the older I got it seems the less sure I am. In fact, the things I was sure of I am now questioning. So here I sit not on the mount of enlightenment but in the cloud of mystery … Continue reading Ecclesiastes
When I was growing up I belonged to a very conservative church. We believed in the inerrant scripture and that we engaged with God through our faith and works. We were taught in moral purity and to avoid the emotionalism of “other” denominations. Problem? As a teenager I was not exactly “pure” and seriously struggled with the shame of my inner life. Also, besides my … Continue reading I’m an Evangelical, Charismatic, Mainline, Conservative, Amillennial, ….. Aw, Forget It!
This week I had an interesting encounter at my support group I go to. Yes I go to a support group. Yes, I have mental health and life issues and I need help. That’s life, deal with it. Now at my group I meet all sorts of people which is awesome. The people range from traditional Christian, Muslim and discouraged agnostics. Our paths are varied … Continue reading One Way!… Not Sure.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”John 16:33 NIV https://john.bible/john-16-33 I have received many gifts in my life. Money, clothes, a family, many good things. I have gained joy from so many of these but I have overlooked perhaps some of the most … Continue reading Blessings of Tears
There are many words we get wrong or confused. Two of these are “Holy” and “Sacred”. Holy means perfect and complete. Without fault or lack. Sacred means set apart particularly for a divine purpose. In my life I have found little that is Holy. But Sacred? Yes, I have seen much that is sacred. The first clear moment of sacred was when I took my … Continue reading Sacrament
I am hoping for scars. There are times that healing comes but those are the miracles. I do not reject them but I simply acknowledge that they are not the norm. If the miracle doesn’t come I will look for scars. Wounds are open, painful and raw. They are signs of the battle now. The ongoing struggle. There is fear and darkness in the wound. … Continue reading Hoping for Scars
In a society becoming more secular, are we not seeing the open doors? Are we now concerned with the comfort of the saved at the cost of the work of the Gospel? This is the mission field, we have been born into the mission field, comfort is behind us. Let’s go for the work of God. https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/gospel-opportunities-opposition/ (Steve McAlpine, Gospel Coalition) Continue reading Repost: Want Gospel Opportunities? Embrace Opposition.
In my last post I briefly wrote of the foundations of belief. In Romans Paul writes of these common threads and how these are what binds us. At the risk of repeating myself these threads are what binds the body of Christ together regardless of denomination or culture. They are the work of God as opposed to the works of people. But God demonstrates His own … Continue reading The Common Thread