THIS AND THIS….FOR TODAY AND TOMORROW…….
“Where your life and God’s will intersect for maximum Kingdom impact” Jeff Greenway
“The problem with talking about theology is that you have to say everything all at once.” Tom Wright
“Beware of F.A.E” Toddy Holeman
F.A.E. – fundamental attribution error. That basically means you think you know what the other person is thinking or feeling and you proceed with flawed understanding and, usually dire, consequences.
For example, for at least 900 years there has been one set of voices interpreting what Jesus was really saying and what that meant for the rest of us. Don’t get me wrong, I am as much committed to Biblical authority as the next person. But often, we twist the words of Jesus so they will say what we want them to. And when we try to see God usually we just see whatever it is that appears when we look into the bathroom mirror. God of Creation, the burning bush, the Exodus, the Babylonian exile, the birth, like, death, resurrection of Jesus and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit has become, to us, just like us.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t want a God that’s just like me. I am limited, broken, usually confused or distracted and have just a few moments of Holy Love and clarity strung along the trajectory of my life. I want to live in Holy Love that is bigger, stronger, more compassionate, more wise and courageous than I am. Ever since my beloved son went into the US Air Force, I have held on to the fact that God (or Holy Love) loves him even more than I do and can take care of him a whole lot better than I can.
We worry so much about what other people think, or what they really mean or why they did what they did. When we can’t or don’t get answer, we’ll just make one up for ourselves, thank you very much. As a result, mis-understandings abound. We have wars and rumors of war between people, between nations, between hemispheres.
So here, at the end of this post, I’m not going to leave you hanging. Sometimes we feel like Wayfaring Strangers (you can hear that song on the music page of this site) As corny, cheesy and thin as “Christian” music can sound, I believe we are all expressing the same kinds of things. We are loved by a love so Holy we cannot fully comprehend it. That same Holy Love meets us exactly where we are but loves us to much to leave us there. That’s the good news. Easy to understand, impossible to live out all by yourself.
Come as you are to a community of folk who will do their best to love you in that Holy way and leave changed so the world around you will be changed and the planet itself will have the chance to be transformed and set free. Free from the fear of dying, free from the fear of a meaningless life. In partnership with Holy Love and each other, the borders of heaven, where Holy Love rules) will expand to encompass all the earth.
God bless us every one, Kelli+