“Gold and silver blind the eye. Temporary riches lie. Come and eat from heaven’s store, come and drink, and thirst no more. It don’t matter where you bury me, I’ll be home and I’ll be free. It don’t matter where I lay, all my tears be washed away.” ~Julie Miller~
Faith can be tenuous and fragile, but even so, it was never designed to be closeted in a sanctuary or stained glass cathedral. It’s a garment that must be worn in the real world where it gets splattered and tested; its sleeves are to be rolled up and put to work so it is strengthened.
Faith is often messy. The great questions of life and death need to be confronted within a framework or worldview that allows room for do-overs and second chances. We are a needy and broken people. Despair can be overwhelming—and no one escapes the grievous ripple effects of a sin-stained creation.
Sickness and disease strike with a randomness that is crushing; the unfairness and vagaries that routinely assault us are multitude; along with relational troubles that are endless heartaches. Mix in a culture that is polarized at every level and we have a recipe for surrender and defeat.
We, however, cannot choose to raise the white flag. We must slug our way through it all and somehow find purpose and a semblance of hope. Faith clashes with the hard reality of being stuck inside of human skin.
The articles available on this tab will be challenges enveloped by the everlasting GRACE of the One who created the universe—amazing, astounding, stunning, marvelous, sweet bewildering, wondrous, awesome, scandalous GRACE, which is all about redemption and new beginnings.
And here’s a rock-solid TRUTH: GRACE is for EVERYONE, so be encouraged.
MIGHTY FITZ, LIGHTFOOT & A QUESTION
REFUGEE: FAITH TESTED & TEMPERED
UNPLUG, DISCONNECT & DISENGAGE
POETS, DESPERADOS & WEEPING FOOLS
RELATIONAL CHAOS, SANCTUARY & CONNECTION
FAITH: DOES JESUS MAKE A DIFFERENCE?
CHURCH & CULTURE: THE CENTRAL TENSION
THE SIMPLY PROFOUND MYSTERY OF CHRISTMAS
A SINGULARLY SIGNIFICANT STORY
SOMETHING ROTTEN, SOMETHING WONDROUS
CONFESSIONS OF AN OPINIONATED MAN