Ever have that feeling? Blissfully rolling down the road confident in where you are going and that you are on the right path, only to be stopped in your tracks uncertain of what to do next, waiting on the next directive.
In my years of learning from, listening to, and leading others that sentiment shows up more than I'd expect in people's views of God. Things get busy, life seems to spin out of control, suffering enters in, and we are left thinking God is out to get us, ready to remind us of where we are missing it. At times we even expect Him to take it all and be done with it. This is where the nuance comes in...
Recognizing the voices in heated debate as two of my children, I quickly realized I had just walked into the middle of another sibling's argument over some injustice that had taken place. The problem was they immediately wanted me to be the judge, jury, and executioner.
Christmas is supposed to be about getting more than receiving. And anytime we discuss giving and getting we really are discussing economics. And an economic issue that has to deal with giving and receiving is
Our church is currently going through a series entitled "Jesus". Yes, we are very original and creative in our series titling...! As we've walked through this series I've been reminded and amazed at who Jesus is and what He does - including the miracles...but I've also realized miracles seem to be just that miraculous rather than normal.
This is a sensitive, debated, and often very personal issue for many if not all of us. However, I don't believe that means we should not seek to think deeply about it. On the contrary, because of how personal and prevalent the issues of sex and gender are, I think it is something we must think deeply on. But as a Christian, I think that begins with understanding it theologically.