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#21 Level The Playing Field

#21 Level The Playing Field

                 We sometimes lack the ability to give people space to wrestle with God. I’ve noticed that this creates tension IN US as we are attempting to minister to others... someone repenting, or simply turning from sin, becomes more about us (and our comfort) than it is about them.
           It’s important to remember that when the subject of repentance comes up, I want to help facilitate, shepherd, and steward this mentality & atmosphere.  I hope this paints a picture marked by gentleness & patience rather than the “turn or burn” mentality that historic, American Christianity has been shaped by.  I remember in those moments my experience with the invitational way that God has called me to repentance, rather than His demand for obedience..... 

#20 Love Mercy

#20 Love Mercy

  I often say that when I first felt the Holy Spirit one Sunday morning that I never felt like God was ignoring my sin, it felt like he looked beyond it. It was as if my Father said, “I know what your rebellion against me is about and I get it.” And then he proceeded to meet my core need to know and be known, softening my fear of being alone and insecure, and showing me that He is the fulfillment of the very thing I’ve been looking for..... 

#11 Answer By Asking

#11 Answer By Asking

When I’m freed up to not feel like I’m responsible to “create faith” in people, I can enter into people’s questions, accusations, & doubts with shared humanity and my limited perspective yet still be confident that God will use our time together to reveal Himself.  Jesus often answered with questions in order to get to the heart of what was behind the inquiry in the first place.
So, very practically, what does that look like?

Showing Up For LGBT Loved Ones This Holiday Season

Showing Up For LGBT Loved Ones This Holiday Season

Wondering how you can love the gay people at your dinner table over the holidays? Your greatest act of faith this holiday season may be starting the conversation you have been fearing...

Post-Election Empathy for LGBT People

Post-Election Empathy for LGBT People

Showing empathy isn’t saying you voted similarly or differently than they did. It’s not saying you wish the results of the election were different. It’s saying, “I see that you are hurting and disappointed, and because I care about you, my heart hurts for & with you”.