Sunday, April 29, 2007

Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those...

Grace is the balm of healing. It is the most significant gift we can give a person. When a person experiences grace, they experience acceptance on the deepest of levels. Every argument, defense, and protective barrier is left laying needlessly at our feet when grace is administered. It opens the door for honest introspection, confession, presentation.

This is the nature of God's grace toward us. We don't have to hide, defend, be ashamed, lie...we simply receive the grace that frees us to present ourselves as we are, before God, and for once, before ourselves.

This is the type of grace we are called to extend to others, both within and without the church. A grace that does not focus on outward symptoms, but frees one to examine the cause. A radical acceptance, reception, embrace.

Grace brings new life

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Moving with the Church

i've recently started grasping the significance of praying and reading with the Church. It is a wonderful way to break through the barriers that often divide us along denominational lines. The last few weeks i've developed Scripture meditations (better known as "sermons") following the Revised Common Lectionary. Many different denominations follow it, and it is a way to walk through the Scripture with the Church Universal.

Also, i've begun "Praying with the Church". You'll notice an unsightly banner above my pic over to the right of your screen. If you click on it, it will take you to the daily prayers. The prayers are derived from the "Liturgy of the Hours".

It is wonderful to be able to come alongside and join in something bigger than myself, my church, my denomination, my borders... i feel like i'm really becoming a part of the Church on a larger level and i like it. Not to mention it leads to a more holistic Scriptural understanding.

i'm telling you this so that you might give it a try. Might sound a bit dry, but i think you'll be pleasantly surprised, like the first time i bit into the new triple chocolate Twix bars. You should try those too.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Falling "In"

We live in this strange dichotomy between fallen and redeemed. Our relationship with God is one of covenant. That is, a relationship of the utmost commitment. Yet we are fallen and ever present are our failings. We have "fall outs" even in our relationship with God. It is this covenant commitment that draws us back to one another. Not just us to God, but God to us.

So it is with our relationship with all of humanity, whether Christian or non-Christian. We are in relationship with each other, as God's creation and children. We are called to reveal the love of God to others, not demonstrate his judgment. Will there be a judgment? Yes, both individual and collective. We never neglect to teach the whole of Scripture, though we ought to emphasize those things it focuses on most profusely, which is a demonstration of love and redemption, mercy and grace, humbleness and humility, acceptance and devotion.

That might mean you should turn off Michael Savage and Ann Coulter. It's not enough to have a good point or even the "truth". It is something else to demonstrate truth.

Staind: Right Here

Monday, April 02, 2007

How Republican are You?

You Are 16% Republican

If you have anything in common with the Republican party, it's by sheer chance.
You're a staunch liberal, and nothing is going to change that!