Speaking the Same Language: Meditations on community part four

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

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 time at the International House of Prayer (Atlanta) helped me in my journey, but even there, the more I spent time in that structure, I didn't feel like [...]

Any Opportunity for the Incarnation

By |2014-08-18T22:34:43+00:00December 25th, 2011|Advent, Christian Music, Christianity, Incarnation, Jesus Christ, memories|

Today is Christmas Eve, and below I am posting a video containing one of the Christmas songs that I've written over the years. However, I use the word "Christmas" gently, lightheartedly and passionately all at once.Gently, because yes, I know the arguments behind the calendar days on which Christmas and Easter holidays occur as having pagan roots, I know the realistic theological and historical argument that Jesus was not born on December 25th. I use it gently because I don't want to come across as one who thinks that December 25th by its very nature is a magically holy day. It is a normal day that has been made holy, by the intentional and cultural meditation on [...]

A Lovesick Foundation: Stacking Stones Part II

By |2014-08-18T22:34:45+00:00July 27th, 2011|Christianity, Stacking Stones, trust|

A primary factor in our time on the Fort Apache reservation, that is monumental in memory of how the Lord has worked, is something that I learned in the quiet place (IHOP-Atlanta was instrumental in this reality). God desires me. This changes everything. Strangely enough, the sentiment that God loves me doesn’t do the same thing to my heart. As Rich Mullins once said, “I grew up hearing everyone tell me 'God loves you'. I would say big deal, God loves everybody. That don't make me special! That just proves that God ain't got no taste.” God is love, if God didn’t love me, He’d be acting contrary to Who He is right? Maybe it’s the [...]

Experiments in Abandon: Part 3

By |2014-08-26T01:18:25+00:00August 14th, 2007|Abandonment, Christianity, Jesus Christ|

a·ban·don [uh-ban-duh-n] 2.to give up; discontinue; withdraw from So the point of this meditation/experiment is in no way just an academic look at a conceptual truth. The point of this whole thing is that Jesus Christ is real, what He taught is real, and He is really coming back. With all of its mistake made by its ambassadors over the years, the truth is still Jesus is the way...even though the truth has been distorted by a culture that has strayed far from the value system of the Way (what Jesus taught). I don't say all of this to be a downer, especially to the Church...but I believe we need a wake up call. We have [...]