“Joel Osteen is a fraud!” So am I.

Dennis Gable:

Had to repost this thought from my man Steve Austin… Buckle up :)

Originally posted on Grace is Messy:

I read a story recently about a guy who had been in ministry nearly all of his life.  At one instance, he gathered a major crowd (composed of fans and foes) to see him perform a great “miracle”.  He was only a teenager at the time.  Later in his life, as he had moved up in ministry and it seemed that God had “promoted him”, he was garnering all sorts of attention from not only his words, but also his fortune and fame.  He was “God’s man”, yet living a very lavish lifestyle, and it would seem that it all went to his head.  My heart was broken as I read the lurid details of his affair and the murder and cover-up that followed.  How could anyone trust this guy ever again?  How could he ever be considered as “leadership material” after such a scandal? 

What a fraud!

A fake!

A…

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Can You Worship in Spirit & Truth?

This week at Liberation Gathering we chatted about how Jesus approached the situation with the ‘Woman at the well’ and the example He sets for us to be with people that religious people risk their reputation on. That story is in John 4 and towards the end of Jesus’ interaction with the unmarried woman from Samaria is a sentiment so beautiful… “The Father is looking for those who will worship Him that way [in spirit and in truth].” Can you allow yourself to be loved so much by God the Father that you worship Him in the natural and in the supernatural? In the explainable and in the mystery? With your brain and with your heart?

He wants you, if you’re willing!

balance

Dennis Gable:

This particular pursuit of balance is very close to my heart at the moment as it is the process I am engaged in, both internally and communally.

Originally posted on Mike Paschall:

balance

Let him who cannot be alone beware of community. He will only do harm to himself and to the community. Alone you stood before God when he called you; alone you had to answer that call; alone you had to struggle and pray; and alone you will die and give an account to God. You cannot escape from yourself; for God has singled you out. If you refuse to be alone you are rejecting Christ’s call to you, and you can have no part in the community of those who are called.

‘The challenge of death comes to us all, and no one can die for another. Everyone must fight his own battle with death by himself, alone… I will not be with you then, nor you with me’ (Luther).

But the reverse is also true: Let who is not in community beware of being alone. Into the community you…

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Sanctification & Porn

I had the great privilege of having lunch with a new friend recently who is involved with a pretty prominent church in AZ. During our conversation we got to talking about how the church responds to people in a way that is usually more controlling than compassionate. One of those topics was homosexuality and how long it would take for his gay friends to feel uncomfortable in their new adventure with church, but this post isn’t about that, necessarily. He later shared with me an official statement from the church regarding their “stance on homosexuality”, [insert sarcasm] because every good church needs to have one of those. The statement was relatively general and almost palatable until the end, which communicated something along these lines: You [gay men & women] are welcome to come to our church and meet Jesus, but once you do we expect you to repent from your sin [magically become straight] and if we don’t see the evidence of that then we’ll ask you to leave. So, once again we’re faced with a marketing campaign by the church that says, “you’re all welcome here” but when you dig a little deeper the truth is, “You are welcome, so long as you confirm to look how we want you to look so we can uphold our reputation of producing Godly men and women.”

As someone who has been a Christian since I was 18 I can tell you that I hid certain things from the church for over a decade, because if they actually knew the behind closed doors parts of my life, they would probably asked me to leave also. The video below is a short piece of my story that explains one of my journeys through God’s sanctifying and patient love for me.