Reconciling Ministry

I have friends who were gay. Lovely people. I know people have differing views on this subject, but I have studied the Scripture and looked at the history. I have heard their stories and shared in their vlives. Honestly, I think that the Biblical prohibition and the inherited lifestyle are two different things. Apples and oranges. Maybe I am wrong, and of course I shall pay the consequences at the end of time. If so. Or maybe I am right and we are forcing millions of people, Christians and non-Christian, into isolatation from the very Gospel we hold so dear. If I know anything from personal testimony, it’s that Christ’s love is for everyone. If I get in through the pearly gates, sounds likely equal opportunity to me.

An Education

“I wanna write a romance novel,” she says,

“where things are messy, things are perfect,

where romance isn’t smooth,

and the lovers don’t quite know what they’re doing.

Otherwise, you go into love thinking everyone’s got it all together,

and that’s not the case at all.

We’re imperfect beings, our fiction should be an education in that

So that reality goes a little smoother.”

You are not! a Machine

You are not a machine!

You may push yourself to the limit

You may edit and (re)produce like none other

But, in the end, you are

thankfully, gloriously & uniquely

human

beyond the clothes,

beyond the skin

lies a soul rich crammed with more data

than the even largest memory bank

the wellspring of your individual experiences

rivals and outdoes any accomplishment

technology may bring about.

 

You are spiritual

and sensual;

you are alive;

you have purpose,

planned from the beginning

of time, undone by none,

purpose eternal

 

Hallelujah!

Manning Up

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Women are doing all kinds of cool stuff nowadays. They’re excelling in school, they’re stepping into previously gender-segregated arenas, being vocal about their needs.

Guys, I gotta be honest, we’re falling a little behind. We’re flunking out of school, being relationally reticent, not taking the initiative to provide for our (potential) families.

We can do better.

I love being a guy. We are a proud sex. Time to live in a way worth being proud of.

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Lifting Up, Instead of Tearing Down

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Hello everyone!

Currently, there is a lawsuit going between Ke$ha and her producer (it’s been in limbo since June). Her claim is that the man, Dr. Luke was physically and mentally abusive during their working time together.  The story is so sad and far too common.

One of my heroes was Bill Cosby. He seemed like a really stand-up guy. Who could hold a candle to America’s Dad? But, as you all know, behind the scenes, things were not well in paradise. Which just goes to show ya: No matter how good or powerful or faultless one might seem, we have to be willing to be believe that they can do wrong, not so that we can fault-find, but so that their victims do not go ignored, even attacked further, adding insult to injury.

Producers, managers, coaches, etc. are given authority over their talent, and that talent, despite appearances to the alternative, is often at the bottom of the pecking order. The career life span of the average model, actress, athlete, etc. is very short. It’s every other position in the Industry that continues to pay out over the years. So, in light of this, the least we can do for these individuals is to make their fifteen minutes of fame as enjoyable as possible, as well as equip those who want to expand their portfolio with the resources they need to do so.

Of course, this issue stretches far beyond the entertainment industry. It’s not just aspiring starlets that are being taken advantage of (Lady Gaga’s new vid, “Til It Happens to You” powerfully attests to that). EVERYONE, men and women alike, want to feel attractive, valued, and loved. Our friends and family, co-workers and co-people all seek the same validation. We invest millions of dollars in beauty products and gym memberships, all in an attempt to look good and feel good and have that one special person say, “wow, you look GREAT!” Is this vain? Perhaps. Are there more important things we could focus on that mere appearance? Sure. But the fact remains that when people compliment us, we feel awesome about ourselves (and pretty swell about those giving the compliments as well).

So, I dare you: give a compliment, expecting nothing in return. Empower others to become more than even they could ever imagine. You’ve got a dream? Great! Others do too. Help people achieve their dreams, and you’ll find your own taking shape before your eyes. You feel lost and alone? Find someone no one is paying attention to, and you’ll find that now both of you have a new friend! The process is not complicated. It’s just necessary and good. We win together. We lose apart. So, go forth. Do good. Love one another. Lift people up. And, as always…

Blessings to you in Christ,

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