*Trigger Warning – this book discusses child sexual abuse, human trafficking, and adult sexual behavior. We also discuss these topics in this post. I’m a bit late to this conversation. I know. Conservative Christian influencers have been discussing this book for weeks, ever since the movie was released. After hearing the movie had a decentContinue reading “A Different Christian Perspective on Redeeming Love…”
Read Romans 13 and it seems pretty clear: Christ followers ought to obey and honor the government, including paying taxes. In fact, Jesus himself tells people to pay taxes and respect authority. Seems pretty straightforward. Except for Miriam, Esther, David, Johnathan, Jael, Jonah, Joshua, Caleb, Rahab, Samson, Jesus, all the disciples and Paul himself…who wroteContinue reading “Biblical Authority. Government. And a Christian’s Duty?”
I’m very careful about the stories I tell here. Primarily, because I know that sharing my stories will harm people I love dearly. I stick to generalities. Don’t give names. Rarely even refer to specific people. NEVER give descriptions.
There’s a church down the street from my Brother-In-Law’s house with an old fashioned letter board outside. It is a lovely church I’ve been inside of a few times. Once for a wedding. Once for a mom’s group. Nowadays, the letter board reads, “Wear a Mask, Save a Life”. Other times it reads “Stay Home,Continue reading “Open The Churches! We Were Never Told To Stop Gathering.”
There is that quote, “Show me your friends and I will show you your future.” It’s also true, show me your friends and I will show you the depth of healing you’ll achieve.
He never promised we’d be exempt from a pandemic, but he has promised us his very character and nature, he has promised us who we are in him.
I hear it and read it all the time. But mostly I see it: people who have barricaded themselves inside walls built by trauma, lies, fear. It doesn’t mater who built these walls. What matters is that the walls are still standing. And sometimes I think we actually repair these walls around us. We reinforceContinue reading “You Are Not Too Damaged. You Are Not Broken Beyond Repair: God Is Enough!”
And if it is true that when one part suffers all the parts suffer, then our words and our actions and treatments ought to be slung over our shoulders with all the respect of a an honorable weight…to be carried inside the walls of The Church, up onto its platforms, and out of our lips, God help us. Like a solider knows the sacredness of self-sacrifice and duty and this is why he must carry himself so. Because a weight is not the same as a burden.
I am learning something so substantial, so weighty in all of this, that God sees the brokenness inside me and his response is not to shame me, his response is to remind me of who I am and to remind me of what actually matters. Because, deep deep deep inside of us, what sin has broken isn’t our perfection, it’s our identity. It has broken who we are. Our souls. Our cells.
The Church isn’t missing anything. It doesn’t need more stuff or programs or even money…it just needs YOU!