Not a list of don’ts, not a hard beating rain Rather a refuge warm bright and dry Not an allegiance afforded or thrust upon by geography, genealogy, or expectation But a birthright claimed, despite unimportant third-party protest regarding qualification It is an invitation to authenticity and completion; self-worth, love, and revelation Set in the context of the ever greater, permanent love that only a creator can bestow It is the story of our Father dipping an almighty hand into our affairs to place a gentle…Continue Reading “The Gospel Is”

Oh Lord how I wish to be concerned less with the distractions of this world and called instead to focus on you and not only to things I interpret as being of you or for you for Lord I know in my weak understanding I fail to see that all is for you All good save good done for good’s sake All bad, reworked together into the eventual mesh of your way For you are making this world new and I wish Lord to be…Continue Reading “Prayer for Focus”

I recently planned to order some gloves and a coat for a man I see each day as I travel to and from work.¬†He appears to be homeless and often sits bundled but shivering under an overpass near the entrance to the interstate leading away from Midtown Atlanta. I felt God giving me permission and an invitation to use some money to help this man and I was very excited about it, so excited I started looking on Amazon for the warmest and best items…Continue Reading “Gifts Beyond Measure Given without Ceasing”

Tithing does not carry over into the new covenant. It is a precept included amongst the laws meant to be abolished under the new covenant, which is characterized rather by love than duty. Paul talks about his desire for us to sacrifice in light of his sacrifice for spread of the good news and certainly real-world concerns such as cost apply to the use of church resources, but nonetheless a 10% floor of giving to the church is not supported by the new testament and…Continue Reading “Out from the burden of the tithe”

The modern Christian rightfully covets the intimacy and gifts that overflow from the often powerful interactions with the living God that occur atop mountains; but the tops of mountains are not where we are called to remain and this is because God’s work is done amongst His people on the ground. Recently I hiked a section of the Appalachian Trail that encompassed 4 peaks totaling 3,000 feet in elevation changes over the course of 20 miles. Each time I would slowly trudge up an incline…Continue Reading “Invited Up and Called Back Down”

More than desiring our salvation, God desires relationship with us. Often, Christians cite, as cause for their devotion to God and adherence to Christianity, their own inherent imperfection and sinful condition and requisite need for¬†justification, sanctification, and salvation. Although these tenants and realities are true, mere gratitude for salvation is not enough to serve as the foundation for a functional, let alone intimate, relationship. I appreciate when people do nice things for me. I am grateful for the provision of my parents, for gifts friends…Continue Reading “More Than Merely Saved”