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.
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
Yesterday I rediscovered this encouragement sent from a friend … Thank you, Jaylene (at Heartwork Center for Creative Living). A decade ago, I found your words and your illustration delightful. Now, they show me where I am.
Twenty-first century evangelicals spend an extraordinary amount of time pointing out the sins evident in the culture. But instead of doing that, couldn’t the church make the confession of its own sins a higher priority? Great insight. Great question, penned by the four authors of Forgive Us: Confessions of a Compromised Faith. In the introduction to this new release, Mae… Read more →
“Be to me a rock to dwell in, To go into continually. You have given the command to save me, For You are my rock and my stronghold.” (Psalm 71:3 ISR98)
The Church’s broken history with race needs to be acknowledged before we can move forward. Our legacy of privilege and injustice has very real consequence for the Kingdom. It is time to prune the branches of our own indifference, so we can bear good fruit for Christ in our witness to the world. Yes. Yes. Yes! My heart echoes these… Read more →
Smiling at the Future Series – #4. You might not know it, the way we Christians talk. But Jesus Christ says, in essence: “Even in volatile seasons, smile at the future. Laugh at the days to come.” In John 16:33 (NKJV), he said it this way: “In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I… Read more →
“I’m just tired of only hearing white, mainstream evangelical voices,” a good friend lamented to me recently. “Why aren’t voices from other backgrounds listened to in the same way as the white voices?” I heard the weariness of consistent exclusion in his question, and frankly, wondered the same thing myself. So begins the Between Worlds blog post titled, 101 Culturally… Read more →
They that sow in tears shall reap in joy
“Through the mechanism of carried shame and carried feelings, the unresolved pain of previous generations operates in families like an emotional debt. We either face it or we leverage our children with it.” – Terrence Real, I Don’t Want to Talk About It Please, let’s face it. We Confess! The Civil War, the South, and the Church.
Wisdom from Hettie on NCIS Los Angeles: Never mistake motionlessness for inactivity, Mr. Callan. Crocodiles get most of their meals that way.
Wow, oh wow, oh wow! Frank Viola’s blog post on Beyond Evangelical: Rethinking Paul’s Thorn in the Flesh. Here’s a sample: In the Old Testament, the term “thorn” is used as a metaphor for a person or group that persecutes God’s people … When we read the New Testament in a narrative way, taking it in its chronological sequence, we… Read more →