It’s exhausting enough to endure the dark hours here and not lose our religion, without the addition of a Maker who also makes us bleed. Instead, I prefer to understand God as One who bleeds along with us; Who sits with us in our agony and weeps, not causing us our distress but providing a steady, holy presence in … Continue reading Why Everything Does Not Happen For A Reason
Why we must do better...... "Last week, a report by the University of San Diego School of Law found that about 686,000 children were victims of abuse and neglect in 2013." Source: Childhood Trauma Leads to Brains Wired for Fear
And we wonder why people are skeptical of "the church?" And here’s the really crazy part of all of this: When Christian leaders like yourselves look around incredulously and ask why people are exiting and disowning the Church in massive numbers? It’s because of this. It’s junk like this. It’s leaders like you. It’s the … Continue reading Stuff that needs to be said – by John Pavlovitz…..
As we as a world, as a church and as fellow believers wrestle with a variety of really tough issues, I believe that it's important to run anyone and everyone's opinions and statements through "The Vanderwell Rule of 50%."What's that? Take any statement that someone makes, reduce it by 50% and if it still sounds … Continue reading The “Vanderwell Rule of 50%”
(Note: This is one opinion about one portion of the very complex and challenging problems of racism. It has been brought to my attention by people who are much more widely read than I am that this opinion varies from their view of it. So, take it for what it's worth - the … Continue reading The War on Poverty–Who Won? Who Lost?