When Life is Hard, Stop and Think

Mark Driscoll wrote a series of posts in his social media feeds that went like this (edited here for coherence): When life is hard… God is not punishing you. God is not failing you. God has not abandoned you. God is not acting evil toward you. God will be with you, but he will not answer every question you may have. In the transcript of this sermon, Driscoll has this to say about trials: When those seasons come,…

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We Have What We Need

No matter what happened to us in the past, right now we can take responsibility for working compassionately with our habits, our thoughts and emotions. We can take the emphasis off who hurt us and put it on disentangling ourselves. If someone shoots an arrow into my chest, I can let the arrow fester while I scream at my attacker, or I can remove the arrow as quickly as possible. In this very lifetime, I have…

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The Immaturity of Religion

Ok kids, put your thinking caps on! I was a Christianity major in college. I was also a Sociology major. Considering I attended and graduated from a Southern Baptist college probably sheds light on my very limited knowledge on both those subjects, however, I did keep some of the books and have turned to browsing through them. It’s amazing how they are much more interesting now than they were then. Fortunately, not every textbook we purchased…

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Feelings, nothing more than feelings

I haven’t been posting lately. Been dry as a bone. Actually I have been thinking and writing tons, just not about the church. But I thought I would throw something up and see what happens. As you can tell by the time I am posting this, my sleep schedule is all messed up…early is late and late is early…. my system is toast. Anyway, as it relates to my relationship with God, I am noticing that…

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Communicating Grace

Well it is Friday evening and I am wrapping up the talk for this weekend. I had a couple of nice emails this week where people opened up and shared stories of their journey to discover grace in their own lives. From what they wrote, I guess I am not the only one who doesn’t quite have a handle on this grace idea just yet! There seems to be a mystery as to how God can…

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Senseless Grace

In Luke 15 we find the story of “The Prodigal Son”. This story has become the “grace story” of the Bible. Son asks Dad for inheritance, son leaves home, son spends all his money, son ends up homeless and hungry, son crawls back home, Dad welcomes him back with widely opened arms! Amazing Grace. On one hand this story makes sense. Which one of us that has children wouldn’t throw open the doors to our children…

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Grace Revolution

My early reading in preparation for my talk this weekend is emphasizing the concept of a “Grace Revolution”. As a person that claims to follow Christ, I need to understand how he lived this concept. Not just understand it with my head, but understand it with my life. One of the problems of us Stupid Church People is that we are kind of dull (hence the name) at times. We just don’t get it! Jesus actually…

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Finding Grace

This next weekend (April 24) I have been invited to speak at my church. The topic that I have been asked to speak on is GRACE and/or getting second chances in life! I get this opportunity from time to time. It is quite cathartic to be able to speak now as a non-paid staff person. I feel a little more free and less constrained by the responses of others. Getting the chance to speak again publicly…

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