The hard discussions on race

Let me set the context again when it comes to posting something on race and racism. The “big event” for me was the shooting of Philando Castile last summer. So many high profile shootings had been boiling over to that point, but when this shooting happened in my metro area to a man who was simply pulledContinue reading “The hard discussions on race”

Lament — Philando Castile

Lament isn’t always theologically correct. Lament isn’t always nice and neat. Lament isn’t always soft… or done in time to get to lunch. Lament is brutal because the soul has been assaulted. It is a crying out in pain because in that moment… in that time… there is nothing else to do. Lament is personal.Continue reading “Lament — Philando Castile”

Transparency in the Body of Christ

“It may be that Christians, notwithstanding corporate worship, common prayer, and all their fellowship in service, may still be left to their loneliness. The final break-through to fellowship does not occur, because, though they have fellowship with one another as believers and as devout people, they do not have fellowship as the undevout, as sinners.Continue reading “Transparency in the Body of Christ”

The place of community in the Body of Christ

“Let him who cannot be alone beware of community… Let him who is not in community beware of being alone… Each by itself has profound perils and pitfalls. One who wants fellowship without solitude plunges into the void of words and feelings, and the one who seeks solitude without fellowship perishes in the abyss ofContinue reading “The place of community in the Body of Christ”

There really isn’t “personal” sin

Every act of self-discipline by a Christian is also a service to the community. Conversely, there is no sin in thought, word, or deed, no matter how personal or secret, that does not harm the whole community. When the cause of an illness gets into one’s body, whether or not anyone knows where it comesContinue reading “There really isn’t “personal” sin”