Tuesday, January 11, 2011

My Prayer

Just had a meeting with a sweet saint from FUMC. She told me about a prayer that she prayed, and now I am praying it too. 

Lord, I want to know You, and You alone. If I have believed any lies about You Lord - be it from tradition, from school, from teachers, from parents, from friends, from colleagues - show them to me and set me free. I only want to know the way, the truth, and the life. I want to know Jesus. 

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Ponder this...

If our theologies make us focus only on the eternal (i.e., getting my soul into heaven) so that we avoid God's concern for the historic and global (i.e., God's will being done on earth as well as in heaven), then the more people we win over to our theologies, the fewer people will care about God's world here and now. The more converts we make, the worse the world will become.
     ~ Brian McLaren, Adventures in Missing the Point, pg 57

Friday, December 24, 2010

This is for you.

"... for your sakes he became poor." - 2nd Corinthians 8:9

When Jesus stepped down out of heaven, He did this for us. Sounds good right? That God wrapped Himself in human flesh and became one of us. 

Heres the thing. Its too easy to get caught up in this "us" language. Its very easy for me to say that God did this for us, but when I say that God did this for me... it gives me pause. It catches my breath. God did this for Chris? "For Chris' sake, Jesus became poor"? For God so loved Chris? 

I don't feel worthy. 

I still don't feel worthy.

And yet this is God's Word to me. This is the meaning of Christmas to me. That God did this for Chris. Jesus is my Emmanuel. He is my Savior. He is my Lord. 

If you happen to be reading this, you need to know that Jesus willingly became poor for you as well. 

Christmas is for us. But please also know that Christmas is for you. 

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Which is it for you?

The "good news" is bad news to those who prefer a Far Away, Long Ago, Cloud Nine God to a down-to-earth, flesh & blood, face-to-face God.
     ~ Len Sweet, via twitter