This morning I took part in the Spiritual Charlotte podcast, for a series they are doing about the Bible.
There's a tendency for humans to assume we have the unsoiled vantagepoint on God, and that our opinions are without bias or interpretation. Yet, we all see God through a lens, and too often that lens says more about us than it does about God.
Will we let our critics determine who we are, or will we live into our identity as the beloved?
We want the people, communities, and traditions we love to be static and unchanging, but in resisting change, we ultimately stunt the growth and transformation of these same people, communities, and traditions.
I have a confession to make. Usually, I don't like to speak for other people, but for this post I am making an exception. Now, I'm not claiming to speak for all pastors/clergy/speakers. That would be ridiculous. However, I am speaking for people like me who have some explaining to do. So, here's the confession: … Continue reading Why Your Pastor Can’t Always Tell You What You Want to Hear
In his book, Seven, author Jeff Cook describes envy as exile. He traces the envy the Israelites had for other nations and the dramatic effects it had on their lives. In 1 Samuel, the Israelites reject God as king in favor of a human one, so they could be like all the other nations. Cook says, … Continue reading the exile of envy…
A couple of weeks ago in my Wednesday night small group we had a discussion about prayer. Specifically, we talked about how the prayers of others throughout Christian history give us words to pray when we don't have them. I ran across this prayer last night while doing some reading, and I thought it was … Continue reading a prayer to do good…