The Pain of Change

I recently read a quote from Richard Rohr who said, “Hurt people, hurt people.” When you first look at this it looks kind of strange. It almost seems like he’s saying we should hurt people. But if you pay close attention, I think you’ll realize that he’s saying people who are hurt will hurt otherContinue reading “The Pain of Change”

Where Do We Go From Here? – Part I

WhaddaulookinatThe resurrected Jesus is standing on the Mount of Olives with the disciples—the eleven specifically called along with several women and Jesus’ brothers—giving them a few last-minute words before he leaves. For the past forty days, since the resurrection, Jesus has been teaching them, “working in the power of the Holy Spirit,” the same HolyContinue reading “Where Do We Go From Here? – Part I”

Musings – Blank Canvas

Just slap anything on when you see a blank canvas staring you in the face like some imbecile. You don’t know how paralyzing that is, that stare of a blank canvas is, which says to the painter, ‘You can’t do a thing’. The canvas has an idiotic stare and mesmerizes some painters so much thatContinue reading “Musings – Blank Canvas”

Musings – New Directions

  Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation. Cry out for this nourishment, now that you have had a taste of the Lord’s kindness. 1 Peter 2:2-3 This messenger was John the Baptist. He was in the wilderness and preached that peopleContinue reading “Musings – New Directions”

Loving the Unlovable II

Pity Party This morning, I have a short poem to get us started, I threw a party, a party for one; A party that no one could have undone; A party where nothing went my way; But then again, I planned it that way. I planned to be miserable, let no one forget; I threwContinue reading “Loving the Unlovable II”

Living V: Love One Another

The year was 1966. The war in Vietnam was being ratcheted up by Washington with President Johnson vowing that the 250,000 troops in South Vietnam would stay until the aggression was ended, a move that countered the Soviet Union’s insistence that the US leave. We soldiered on with the Cold War, The Space Race, andContinue reading “Living V: Love One Another”

With All Your Heart – God’s Generous Heart

An Extreme Generosity I would be very surprised if anyone in this room had heard the name Dobri Dobrev, also known as Grandpa Dobri, Elder Dobri, or The Saint of Bailovo, before this moment. I would also be surprised if you forget his story – even if you can’t remember his name – after youContinue reading “With All Your Heart – God’s Generous Heart”

The Ministry IV

Luke 6:27-38 | The Proper Mindset What happens when the good guys aren’t so good, and the bad guys aren’t so bad? This question has given rise to a type of character in literature and film called the antihero. Most of the time, this character has been based on comic book characters who were normalContinue reading “The Ministry IV”