Mark Charles is a prophetic voice to the US church culture. He describes himself this way: I do not lead any organization nor do I work solely for a specific group, ministry or church. I am merely the son of an American woman (of Dutch heritage) and a Navajo man, who is living on our Navajo Reservation and trying to… Read more →
If you stand before a gate – and Jesus stands beyond it, calling your name – don’t let fear or intimidation, complacency or anything else stop you. Come out! Be free! (Intrigued? Hurting? Hesitant? Click the link for the full post.)
What if we didn’t even see, much less pray, the prayer Jesus taught us to pray first? What if we rediscovered this key prayer, hidden in plain sight? It happened every time, without exception. On each occasion, I led a group of women to recite the Lord’s Prayer: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom… Read more →
God is kind, but he’s not soft … In kindness he takes us firmly by the hand and leads us into a radical life-change (Rom. 2:4 MSG). Take courage, dear one, and go with God.
It’s so obvious, I can’t believe I didn’t see it sooner. It’s so unthinkable, I cannot fathom it even now. It may be obvious but unthinkable, to you too, for I suspect you know this prayer. Would you want to know if there’s more there than you have seen? If so, I invite you, the deepest part of you: Notice!… Read more →
This song isn’t new, but it puts into words what my heart is singing today.
The enemy of rest is not busyness alone. According to Hebrews 3:18-19, the prime enemy of rest is unbelief. Typically, this unbelief surfaces when a situation we face triggers turmoil in our soul – and instead of acknowledging our feelings, desires and thoughts, and submitting them to God, we take matters into our own hands. We let our inner disquiet… Read more →
Our Lord sees how very confused we are about rest and work; how backwards our understanding of life, both here and beyond the grave. Jesus did not die and rise again in order that we might kill ourselves with busyness and deep unrest in this world – and then sit uselessly on clouds forever after. He gave himself that we… Read more →
Of course you’ll encounter trouble. But behold a God of power who can take any evil and turn it into a door of hope. – Catherine Marshall
Ages ago, a shepherd-turned-king named David sang, The Lord is my shepherd; I lack nothing. (Ps. 23:1) Centuries later, Jesus echoed and enlarged on David’s words. He said: I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of. I am the Good Shepherd. (John 10:1011 MSG) In other words: “I am… Read more →
Today, we white Christians whose church culture has sprung from the Bible Belt desperately need to re-examine our roots. We need to recognize the areas where we and our ancestors have agreed with injustice and unrighteousness. We need to expose the ways we continue to let something shallow and misleading rob us. We need to see where we have deadened… Read more →
Waiting with hope is very difficult, but true patience is expressed when we must even wait for hope. I will have reached the point of greatest strength once I have learned to wait for hope. Life’s a mess. One minute you’re up, the wind on your face. You’ve been voted most likely to succeed. In cap and gown, you receive… Read more →