Let my life be a song, revealing who You are … Take a slow, deep breath. Then take a close look at words so familiar we tend to read right past them – Jesus’ words in Matthew 6:9-10. “Pray like this: Our Father who is in heaven, uphold the holiness of your name. Bring in your kingdom so that your… Read more →
The Esther Blessing: Grace to Reign in Life is now available in paperback, as well as an updated e-book. It’s dedicated to those who have suffered at the hands of the self-absorbed. If you count yourself among them, the biblical book of Esther was written for you. Surprised? Because of how we’ve typically told the Esther story, you may… Read more →
How do I tell you that much we’ve thought real is illusion? That much we thought Christian, a counterfeit? Much we thought history, myth? How do I tell you that our white, Christian ancestors Embraced illusion, counterfeit and myth To cover their shame? Will you cover your ears, Will you shout me down, When I say that covered shame Remains,… Read more →
Oh my people: “How long will you try to go both ways?” My two e-books that explore this cry of Elijah’s heart are The Elijah Blessing and We Confess! The Civil War, the South, and the Church. They’re on sale August 23-29 for $.99 each. All my life, I’ve heard the story of Elijah and Mt. Carmel. But only as… Read more →
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… 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 →