Showing posts from February, 2017

Be That One Person

When one person finds the courage to act with love, others will find their courage too.  Be that one person...pkes click to play #MetroLifeChurch #minmchurch

The Anthems of Our Faith

Today was one of those days....people had been following the teacher, the rabbi, Jesus, from place to place. He decided to stop on an acoustically perfect hillside to share some proverb-like truths. He wanted to teach all who would listen: You’re blessed when you’re spiritually bankrupt; when you’re at the end of your rope; when you realize your can't do it on your own. With less of you there is more room for God; His kingdom is made up of ordinary fractured people like you.You’re blessed when you feel the spiritual emptiness in others; when you mourn & grieve for those most dear to you. Only then can you comfort others & encounter the One most dear to you.You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought. In your meekness you can say: not my will but Your will be done.You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for the things that are important to God; wh…

Is it my job to watch over my brother?

"..we are far more interconnected than we care to admit, more drastically shaped by the lives of others and more significant to others than we know.."{1} I don't particularly like crowds. This little know fact amuses my wife, given my vocation. But in recent months, and especially when I'm in a crowd, I feel an intense connectedness with others, even though we are complete and diverse strangers. The feeling is both exhilarating and daunting.Maybe I'm just in a season of contemplative awareness or maybe I’m going through yet another spiritual metamorphosis. Curiously it begs the question: “… am I my brother's keeper …?”Of course this phrase comes from Genesis 4, God’s intense interrogation of Cain after he killed Able in a jealous rage. Cain’s memorable reply is not that of a loving responsible brother, but the deflecting fib of a wise-ass scoffer.Cain was essentially saying he was not responsible for his brother’s well-being. Imagine this: God: Do you love me? U…