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Faith Doesn't Have a Floor Plan

I want to continue creating conversation around this theme of progression versus prevention again this week.

This past Tuesday I had the chance to watch a movie, Simon Birch, with some Jr. High students. I've seen this flick before, but as with all good stories I found myself captivated by it once again. There was one line in particular that caught my fascination: "Faith doesn't have a floor plan." As I pondered this statement in conjunction with what has been on my heart lately with the progression versus prevention themes, I have reached a couple of conclusions that I wanted to share some thoughts on.

1. While it's true that faith doesn't have a floor plan, there is a greater schematic at work. What I mean by saying this is that the root of true, authentic faith is Jesus Christ. Without Jesus in the equation, there is no faith. In regards to the progression theme from last week, Jesus is the focal point to which we should be progressing to or moving towards…

Prevention or Progression?

Yesterday I happened to catch an interview with Tiger Woods leading up to his return to golf at the Masters tournament in April. In the interview Tiger was asked questions about his past transgressions. As I listened to him respond to the barrage of questioning, one of his answers stood out to me. When asked to give the reason for his embrace of infidelity, Tiger responded by saying he lost sight of his core values and stopped practicing Buddhism, and that is why he embraced this dark path.

I immediately thought to myself, "really?" The only thing preventing Tiger from pursuing infidelity was Buddhism? I found this interesting on a number of different levels. First of all, I think this conversation describes for us the symptomatic approach to a full life that we find ourselves wrestling with. Think of it along these terms. If we desire outcome A as a reality for our lives, what then would prevent us from pursuing outcomes B, C, D or E? What we do is look for a set of behavio…

Level of Understanding

I had a unique conversation with a co-worker yesterday. We shared stories about our differing experiences regarding having grown up in church and been exposed to Christianity at an early age. We spoke about some of the challenges our parents must have faced in raising us as their kids into faith in Christ.

After our conversation there were several conclusions that came to me. The first is that our parents did the best they could with what they were given. What I mean is that my parents, even though they may have taught me something that was not entirely accurate, did so out of love for me and not the desire to oppress me in any way shape or form. For example, there is a mis-truth sometimes taught in Christian circles that suggests if someone commits suicide as a believer he or she forfeits their salvation. While suicide is a horrible tragedy, there is no biblical evidence to suggest that this is the case. In fact, there is much more evidence that counteracts this above assumption (Rom…

Consistency...Moments...Trends

A conversation I had with a peer co-worker earlier this week continues to impact me today.  We spoke about what it meant to be captivated by our relational connection with Christ and the difference between stealing moments and creating space for relationship to grow.

Being a father of two children, I have noticed how things have shifted in my home.  In order to spend time connecting with my wife, we need to create a consistent space to do so; we need to be intentional about making sure we have time to communicate, connect and celebrate our relationship. This same sort of priority needs to be applied with greater urgency in terms of our relational connection with God our Father. If we rely upon stealing moments to carry us through, we will soon find ourselves lost in the myriad of distance created by our inconsistent approach to our heavenly connection.

The challenge has been and will always be scheduling. How and when do we fit in time to connect with Jesus on a consistent basis. I th…

When Life Doesn't Make Sense

Every month I'm required to serve as the pastor on call at the main campus of our church's facility. During this day lots can happen. Sometimes people want someone to talk to or speak for God, and other times it is a quiet day full of lots of email and busy agenda items getting done.

Today was a day full of tragedy. I watched, sat with and prayed for a family who was waiting to get word regarding their father's condition only to have them receive the news that he was no longer with us. I found myself asking many questions and not knowing how to process everything that was happening around me.  I then got a phone call from my wife telling me that my cousin's little girl is doing far worse in her battle with cancer than we were aware of...and the waves of chaos began mounting.

So what do you do when life doesn't make sense? Each of us has something or someone we turn to. Sometimes this may be a group of friends; sometimes it's a particular substance we use to hel…

Filled with hope

I woke up this morning battling depression I think.  No matter what I did or what I looked at I couldn't seem to find the "silver-lining" that people always talk about.  I've been in spaces like this before, so I know it won't last forever, but it's never fun when you are in the midst of some of these battles.  This song sums up my desire for clarity in these foggy moments.

Lifehouse - Storm

I stumbled upon a prayer from scripture that I have been drawn to the last few weeks.  I've prayed this, and will continue to pray this, for myself, my family, my co-workers and the ministry that I have a privilege to serve in.

"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." - Romans 15:13

May you find renewed hope this day.  Find rest, hope and life in the giver of grace and mercy!!

For the Better??

I'm left thinking about the impact that my choices may or may not have in the world around me this afternoon.  I can't help but wonder what life would be like if we all, including myself, became more focused on celebrating our similarities rather than focusing on our differences.  Here's to dreaming of a world steeped in change and working towards it one decision at a time!


To Be Now
A picture paints a thousand words of this dichotomy: We breathe tradition until it hurts nobody but me. Why won't you listen to the voice calling; To tear down walls that keep us all sheltered?
One day we'll be a reflection of truth so I pray for the strength to be now
A foolish heart seeks only praise and I want not part of this. I would take your place if I could be somewhere outside of this. Without a reason you stand here stalling; Afraid to lose what you hold dear, it's saddening.