'Blessed are the peacemakers' When I think of peace, I think of white doves, olive branches and conscientious objectors. Peace requires solitude, demands silence, tastes bland, and is the preserve of the feeble and naïve. Being passionate about peace feels somewhat like an oxymoron. 'Blessed are the peacemakers' Sometime this year someone said, "peace belongs … Continue reading making peace
Some quick scribblings from a recent experience. Dedicated to Rachel Held Evans who showed me the beauty of broken unbelief. Let me hear it for a church built not on belief but on brokenness. belief is unsteady. (sometimes I can claim it and proclaim it sometimes I unfurl clasped hands and find nothing.) At all … Continue reading Broken Unbelief
Life has, for all its horror, been found by God to be worth dying for.
How often do we pursue change because what we actually seek is power?
A look back over a term of thinking on the fruits of the spirit.
Our faith is built on the character we know God to have. Our faith lays a hold on the faithfulness of God.
I ask, "Is anyone here wearing one green and one orange shoelace?" and a very tell and shy girl will raise her hand, and I will say, "Honey Bear? You are loved and chosen. As is, here and now and always. This is a come as you are system." The girl (who had just gotten arrested for drunk and disorderly) smiled, blushed, and dipped her head like a swan.
May God bless you with a restless discomfort about easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships, so that you may boldly apply the truth of Christ and love as he loved.
A re-write of 2 Corinthians 4.
“In darkness God's truth shines most clear.”
Words I inadvertently composed in my head as I've been working today. I pray that the beauty of this grace, of this invitation to be one of God's people, is not lost on you today.
Here for the next time I need them.