Defiant Origins

Defiant Origins

God’s liberating work always begins in the midst of murky waters.
God’s deliverance can begin with two no-name women who should have been forgotten to history choosing to stand up for what is right…
God's liberation of a whole people can start with two girls unexpectedly meeting each other and one really crazy idea. That’s it; that is all you need. 

Is Praying "Doing" Anything?

Is Praying "Doing" Anything?

Prayer draws us near to God. It brings us into the reality that God is creating, this mysterious place of grace. It is powerful, because we are setting ourselves down – setting the world’s opinions and fights and self-absorbed values down – and entering into the world of God. We are being drawn into a reality not of our own making, but of God’s design. The measure of our prayer is how we live – as those who share our strength. As those who have been touched by God, and who carry that sacred, powerful, mysterious touch out into the world. 

God’s patient and purposeful love.

Humbled Wisdom

Humbled Wisdom

Humility doesn’t mean inaction…
Humility doesn’t look like giving up the fight.
Humility doesn’t look like ceasing to act all together.
Humility doesn’t look like flying close to the sea.

Humility looks like aligning yourself with God… Acting in a way that God would… acting with peace, acting with mercy… acting with Love…

Humility looks like relying less on yourself… Humility looks like relying on God.

Words that Heal

Words that Heal

Because we know Fred Rogers was right: the inner life of others is deadly serious, and people are desperate to have someone else see it.

And we know what Evan Hansen says is true: we need each other, and we need to know we will be there for each other when things get dark. We need to know we are not alone in this world.  

And we know with all our hearts that the Book of James is right, because all of us have felt the power of words that have made us feel loved and alive, and words that have cut us to shreds. And we have a choice of what we will do with our own words.

Doers of the Word

Doers of the Word

James is right to warn us. Favoritism comes in many forms. It’s normal, it’s visceral, it’s cultural. It is the playbook that we know. But it’s not the only set of rules at our disposal. The “royal law,” as James calls it? The playbook of the kingdom of God? That comes straight from Jesus: Love our neighbors as ourselves … love one another as Christ has loved us. The royal law of the kingdom of God? In the end, it boils down to this: the law of God is the law of love.