compassion

Opting In vs Opting Out

Opting In vs Opting Out

As much as getting a mansion on the hillside is compelling, the idea of spending eternity worshipping a God who is selectively compassionate towards the people who are supposed to be his children is more than a little off-putting. Much more compelling is the idea that God is the ultimate expression of love and inclusion – that there is limitless grace and mercy – that God welcomes people whether they spent his riches on hookers and booze or not.

Where We Start

Where We Start

“…those who are open to the wonder will not miss it.” Abraham Joshua Heschel For some of us, the ideas about God that we held onto for many years no longer make sense. Others may never have had any ideas about who or what God is. Some are exploring God for the first time. Maybe Continue reading Where We Start

community-ish

All around me, people are engaged in pursuits.  Personal ventures.  Journeys. Marathons. Self-discovery. Truth. These are the well-known pursuits.  These are the ones that we have come to expect.  The thirty-something has pride on the line as he dons his iPod and prepares for the half-marathon.  It says, “I’ve still got it.”  Somewhere there’s a Continue reading community-ish

vulnerable

“I want to expose the wound to as many people as possible because there may be someone who could help the healing” :: Jeremy Current, Watershed Charlotte There are moments of artistic openness that as a listener you absolutely have to seize, to grab ahold of knowing that you’re likely to learn something incredible. This Continue reading vulnerable

passion

I see the young girl huddled on the brothel floor I see the man with a passion come in kicking down the door This lyric is from a Sara Groves song – When the Saints.  Every time I hear it, it blows my heart to smithereens, and without fail, I’ll get something in my eye.  Without Continue reading passion

equitas

I’ve recently been asked to contribute some posts to the “equitas blog” – equitas is a local non-profit that “provides resources for people groups in developing nations to assist them in becoming sustainable communities.” During this past year, that resourcing has taken the form of providing money for water wells and education. There are some compelling stories on the blog and the equitas website. You’ll also find lots of information on the current projects and ways that you can help.

too soon

On Boxing Day, a Saturday this year, Kristy and I headed out to reclaim a long-lost tradition of ours: boxing day skating. We were unaware of the fact that just 3 miles from our apartment is the Pineville Ice House where they offer public skating year round! To get there, we had to pass through a major commercial area in South Charlotte – shopping malls, lots of big-box stores, etc.