Thursday, September 20, 2018
Sunday, September 16, 2018
Then his time of incognito living was over. He was now ready to introduce the Creator to the creation. He walked and talked with them. He unleashed what should have been the best news ever to the creation, but the creation didn't believe him. Instead they turned on him and had him executed because all they saw was a human. They didn't see God in flesh.
Friday, September 14, 2018
Words: Words either mean something in their original context, or their meaning has changed thank to cultural influence. I am a writer and words are a part of my creative expression. So for the next few blog posts, I will be exploring words in...
Actually I have been on the losing journey for years. I just haven't been vocal about it. Now... at fifty, I feel a little freer to be open about the things that irritate me about the way God's children talk. So I am going to focus each post on one word or phrase that I have tossed from my vocabulary.
Saturday, September 1, 2018
“No one needs you to pretend to be someone you’re not, or further down the road than you are. We best help people when we let them look into the reality of our lives to see both where God has shaped his life in us and where we still struggle. Impress people with your honesty, not by pretending to be further down the road than you really are. Sharing your own doubts and failures are as important as telling others how God makes himself known to you. None of us has it all together, and authenticity laced with humility creates the vulnerable environment where the best conversations happen. It will free you to love and to honesty without the need to fix others or make them part of your agenda.”
Excerpt From: Wayne Jacobsen. “Beyond Sundays.”
I am craving a good conversation, actually I am craving the "best conversation". Actually what Wayne just described as the "best conversation" isn't something I don't have. I have them on occasion, and really enjoy the outcome of these conversations. I am just feeling that I don't have enough of them. Maybe what I am craving is more of that conversation with others.
Sunday, June 10, 2018
Friday, May 18, 2018
“The message of Jesus changed the world . . . until the world changed the message,” says Cavey. “But I’m happy to say that there is a growing movement of truth-seekers and Jesus-lovers who are calling for a return to the first and foundational good news message of Jesus. This book is inspired by them, and it is an invitation to join their ranks.”
In (re)union, Cavey explains why Christians shouldn’t follow the Bible—but why they will want to read it to learn how to follow Jesus. He encourages readers to discover their true citizenship in the Jesus nation, where they might be ready to die for a cause but never willing to kill for one." (Borrowed from the book's website)
How ironic that I would reach the chapter of my current read, "re(union)", entitled “Goodbye Garbage”.
In April of 2006, I got the opportunity to venture to New Orleans, Louisiana (NOLA) with a team of people from across Canada. We had all hooked up with an organization called Crossroads Missions and went to NOLA seven months after Hurricane Katrina did her damage in the southern states. We were there as part of the rebuilding effort, but I remember most the cleanup effort was still in full swing, especially in the Algiers neighborhood that we were in. I have included pictures throughout this post of the "Garbage" we encountered in NOLA. I remember almost vomiting from the stench (mildew, mold, dead rats and seven months worth of wet clothes and rotten food). Piles of the waste lined the streets of Algiers. It was a sight to behold.
When reading this chapter in "re(union)", I immediately pictured the garbage from New Orleans. I wondered it was a comparable analogy to the garbage in my own life. I am fifty now and I have spent years on a cleaning effort, but I go in my "house", I still find remnants of the moldy waste from years of accumulation. I ask myself... how do I get this to the curb so Jesus can take it away.
I like the picture Bruxy uses for sin. One of the areas of my life I am working on cleaning out is my "Christianese", (maybe a subject for another post). So when I saw Bruxy use the word garbage as a picture of sin, I immediately got it. Sin is "Christianese" for garbage. Good picture, good word. So many people who haven't grown up in church, can't relate to what sin means in their life, but everyone can relate to garbage and what it is like when it piles up and isn't dealt with. (Just watch an episode of "Hoarders" )
So, in light of a new picture of an old lesson, let me paraphrase 1 John 1:8-9 and see if I can find a new inspiration in its words. For effect... I will personalize it.
"If I tell myself I don't have garbage piling up in the basement of my life or if I admit I have it and am unwilling to deal with it, I am no better than those people that find themselves exposed on "Hoarders" - But if I come clean about the garbage, walk it upstairs, out the door and deposit on the curb... Jesus and his Sanitation Service will, not only come and remove the garbage, but will bleach out the entire basement and make it habitable again."
Okay... it is more expanded than paraphrased, but I am hoping you get the point.
Bruxy Cavey pointed out (during a Drew Marshall interview) that it's not the words we need to focus on, but the meaning. The words have been altered multiple times because of the language barrier, but the meaning behind the words is what has held up throughout the centuries. So just because I get hung up on the moldy shell of Christianese, doesn't mean that the gold underneath has been tarnished.
|Me and my Mom... in my messy basement suite in Olds - 1990-91|
I'll admit something here... I still have garbage in my basement. I am not entirely certain how to find it, never mind get it up the stairs and out to the curb. Maybe when Jesus drives by with his garbage truck, I can ask him if he doesn't mind parking his wheels for a while... cause a while is what it will take.