The Beauty of Flight

Are the things in your life that you are not wanting to let go of the very things keeping you from doing what God has wired you to do? Often we don’t jump off the cliff into the unknown because we love the security of the stable ground.  We like to cling to what we…

Shalom or Destruction

To begin this week I want to challenge you to do something.  Ask yourself this question before every decision you make, “Is what I am about to do bring more peace and restoration to the world or does it lead to destruction directly or indirectly?” For me this is the most important question I can…

Stuck

Today, I’m stuck.  I’m stuck with where to move next.  I’m stuck with what the “next right step” looks like.  I’m stuck with feeling like I’m spinning my wheels in the mud.  There’s no solid ground beneath me, I’m simply digging farther down. It’s a difficult place to be in.  I know the encouragement I…

Are You Passionate?

One small question, and possibly subquestions, for the blog today. I’m wondering, what causes us to lose our passion for what we feel like we are “called” or “meant” to do?  Do we give into the pressures of everyday life and convince ourselves that it isn’t a possibility any more?  or Do we simply give…

Love Cares Not Of The Past

Every Thursday I lead the discussion for a group of 20 Somethings. We talk about a wide array of topics but tonight was more relevant than usual.  We discussed capital punishment.  Overall the discussion was fantastic, but something began happening under the surface of the discussion.  I noticed that the more we talked about people…

The Greatest Need

The greatest need today is an opportunity to live.  We live in a world that honors death and destruction and we call it justice.  I have a hard time believing that what we view as justice is in reality revenge.  We give revenge the mask of justice so it can be accepted. It’s like Batman….

Find Someone

All I would like to do today is encourage you to find a person or persons to have meaningful conversations with.  Find people who love God enough to have conversations with each other that don’t end in someone being angry or bitter.  Community is essential in this life and a massive part of community is…

Letting Go of Jesus

It seems that I’m more “prone to wonder” when things in life are going well.  It almost doesn’t appear logical but for me it is the case. Everyone I have ever known well enough that we share the deep intricacies of our souls, has revealed something within themselves that is dark.  Regardless of our “saved”…

Who’s The Landlord?

One of my favorite authors, speakers, philosophers is Peter Rollins.  Pete is a man from across the pond.  He voice is riddled with Irish dialect, so much at times that you miss every fifth word.  Pete also happens to be one of those people that causes me to doubt, search, read and study more than…

frustrated and tired

Today I find myself a little frustrated with my fellow christians.  Not all Christians but the ones who proclaim to know exactly the way scripture must be interpretated and read.  It is those who stand before coworkers, friends, family and say words like “if you’re not doing this, this and this, then Jesus isn’t in…

Love is Here

This idea of “God is Love” is one that I’ve heard for years, but I’m not quite sure it ever sunk in. I say that because I look at my life and when I really examine it, I’m not sure I live anything like Jesus. Well, other than not cursing, but maybe the early church…

short and sweet

today’s blog – short and sweet. enjoy every minute you have. savor your relationships. love everyone you meet with a love unsurpassed by any before. spend as much time in the company of people who don’t believe anything you believe. remain teachable – teachable moments happen all around you and often at the most unlikely…

afraid of a scandal

i love the church but i hate how safe it is. we read accounts of Christ spending significant time with the people within the community that weren’t the shinning stars of integrity.  He rather walked among the thugs and lowlifes of his day as well as the wealthy,  the polished and religious upright.  unlike the selfless…

purpose . passions . photos

i’m always happiest with myself when i look in the mirror and i’m content with who i am.  it’s in that moment i know i can be myself, with anyone in any situation. many times in life we aren’t ourselves.  we put on masks transforming us into people who reflect characteristics and traits of what…

the plunge

yesterday i posted this question and asked for you to respond, “what does a person have to do to be classified as “Christian”?” so far i’ve been overwhelmed with responses.  okay, that was sarcasm.  i haven’t had many responses.  in fact, i find it incredibly interesting that people answer questions about politics, sports, kid issues,…