Monday, June 17, 2013

God Does Not Have a Big But

It’s the truth. We all have big but’s. But God does not. And, if it is true that we are made in God’s image, we need to go on a but reduction real fast.

I’m not talking butt (I will leave that up to you.) I am talking “but.” As in, I love you BUT. I can forgive you BUT. All are welcome BUT. Grace is free BUT. You can join us BUT. We all have some big ol’ but’s when it comes to unconditional love.

We all have people who must earn love and acceptance. We all have people who we believe are unforgivable. We all have people who will not embrace because of their lifestyle.

Here’s the deal. Christ died for all sins. God made no exceptions. Neither can we.

Get out there and trim down that but today.

Jesus is happy to be your trainer.

Who do you need to embrace?

Thursday, June 6, 2013


Did you assume your life would turn out like this?

or, maybe, this?

 Or this?

But it turned out like this?

Me, too. You know what? It's okay. We were made by God to be loved and lovable - not perfect. Not a reflection of our cultural values. No, rather, a reflection of God's love for us and through us. Our God is a god of redemption, do-overs, resurrection, transformation, and forgiveness. Shrug off the expectation anyone else has for your life. Live into the mystery of God who loves you as is, no matter where you have been or what you have done or the missteps you have taken..

Please display your art proudly and publicly. Let the critics go unemployed.

Saturday, June 1, 2013


One of the places I will explore on Sabbatical

One of the churches I will visit on sabbatical

Heavenly Father, the hearts of your children break this day for those First Responders who died or were injured in recent fires. There is a huge hole to fill. Fill it with substance. Death makes no sense. Help us to move through it at a healing pace. Encourage us to thank and support those who quietly make our lives hum even at great danger to themselves. This will be no ordinary day for many. Let us be in tune with that. May we not take any day or any person for granted. In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.