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It’s time

Tonight, John 14 is giving me strength. A part of the chapter hit me tonight, that has not done so before. Sure, there is "Your heart must not be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in Me...in My Father's house...I'll come back for you (paraphrased)" (v. 1-4), the huge, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me" (v. 6). There's the revealing the Father, answering prayers, the Holy Spirit, love, and the giving of peculiar peace. However, the [...]

By | 2014-08-29T14:36:16+00:00 September 18th, 2012|Jesus Shaped Community, The Dangerous Kind|0 Comments

Being Dangerous

Too long have followers of Jesus settled for religious compliance and inoffensive comportment. Too long have rank and file Christians delegated the dangerous life of following Jesus to the professionals, believing them best suited for the radical engagement with the world that Jesus models. Too long have we believed that the highest goal of Christianity is conforming people to good behavior, getting folks to follow the rules, making people nice. Now is the time to raise our danger quotient. Now is the time for us to move from [...]

A Place to Be Human: Meditations on community part five

As a worship leader, I want to lead others in being authentic; because I believe that when we are authentic and real (with God and each other), our worship is authentic. I fully believe that our identity as Believers is tied up in and defined by Who God is and what He's done. At the same time, I believe that only when we are willing to come to God as humans in our sin and humanity, broken, needy, and honest, is there 'worship in spirit and truth' (John [...]

Speaking the Same Language: Meditations on community part four

I like structure. That is, I like it as long as everything is in place. I've operated in jobs and ministries that have been bad 'fits.' Leaving me feeling like a square peg in a round hole, those experiences left me with an orphan mentality of 'no one understands me.' Throughout the years I found out that the problem wasn't necessarily in the structure, but in my identity (though, I've worked in a lot of poor structures!). I was letting the structure define me and not Christ. Spending [...]

By | 2014-08-18T22:34:43+00:00 February 6th, 2012|Christianity, discipleship, Jesus Shaped Community|0 Comments