There is something in each and every one of us that was placed there long before conception. Genesis tells us that God formed mankind in His image. The Gospel of John says that everything that was ever made was made in and through the Word (Jesus, not the Bible). I believe we all carry a piece of … Continue reading Spark of the Divine
I'm a Christian. I am a Christian. I. Am. A. Christian. It's a simple phrase, but I often have a hard time saying it. At least lately. It was easier to claim to be a Christian when I wasn't even going to church! I guess the thing that I wanted to avoid with using the … Continue reading I Am A Christian (Taking It Back)
We (Americans, at least) tend to go through phases - not only what's in or out, but what is acceptable and unacceptable. In our recent history, one of these things has been tolerance. Tolerance: the ability or willingness to tolerate something, in particular the existence of opinions or behavior that one does not necessarily agree … Continue reading Repenting of Tolerance
"They're really pushing my buttons!" Ever say something like that? I know I have. What does it mean? Well, from a programming perspective, it means that a trigger occurred and a predefined script, function, or subroutine was invoked. Umm... Okay... It, in the programming world, means that there is faulty programming, but we tend to … Continue reading Buttons… We Have ’em, They Push ’em
I was talking with a co-worker recently, and he made it quite clear to me that "consequences" are what was missing from the sermons these days. He grew up going to a traditional (Methodist, I believe) church and, apparently, every sermon was full of "Don't do [sin of the week] or you're going to Hell!" That … Continue reading Consequences… Are They Missing?
Time for some more honesty: I sometimes find it hard to love everyone, all the time. Bad drivers, slow walkers, incompetent shoppers, etc. Seriously, it's the things that seem like they should be the simplest, things that just require common sense. Even with my kids - my daughter refusing to eat at meal times, my … Continue reading Loving Everyone, All The Time (Even Bad Drivers)
I love real people. I love the rawness and rough edges of someone comfortable with being who they are and who can say, "[bleep] anyone who doesn't like or get me." I've always been a bit self-conscience, a bit insecure, and a lot introverted. I used to find people who were the opposite of me to … Continue reading The Realness Of You
I attended church from a very early age (maybe four, for sure by five), every Sunday, twice a day: Sunday School, pews, hymnals, baptisms, sermons, Bible stories, Commandments... And that was just my time at the Baptist Church. The Pentecostal Church we later attended, although opening my eyes to more spiritual things, laid an even … Continue reading Losing My Religion
One of my favorite accounts in the Bible is when God made Adam. I see the Father in the dirt, intimately forming His image bearer. There's lots of imagery like this in the Bible... God as a Gardner, for instance. And then, of course, when God became a man and walked among us - it … Continue reading An Artist With Dirty Hands
When I read Matthew 9:35-38 in the proper context, I broke into tears.