The Tiers of Sin

The Tiers of Sin

One of the significant slivers of conditioning that I’ve had to wrestle as a shattered-and-redeemed woman, is many years of training that sin has tiers.  Sort of like a small, medium and double-triple-XL spectrum of sin measurement. Unfortunately when I learned the beautiful gift of confession, it was apparently attached to a commensurate punishment, which of course, meant my 12-year-old brain would simply pre-calculate the right level of sin to confess.  Easy.  Sorrowfully tell just enough to be believable but don’t tell the part about that really bad cuss word I test drove on the playground last week.  Sin had tiers. Yea, I didn’t get it. So, if my long dance with deception (fast forwarding now) was something closer to double-triple XXL, does that make...

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Integrating Faith With Life. Simple…?

Integrating Faith With Life. Simple…?

Be in the world Not of the world. But for heaven’s sake, be in the world. Let’s see.  Politicians debate the role of their religion and their faith as it relates to their roles as governmental leaders.  Bloggers pontificate (eloquently of course) about the hypocrisy of Christians celebrating Halloween and Santa.  Most folks are okay with Thanksgiving being a kind-hearted secular holiday even though the implication (and historic origin) is that we are carrying on a tradition of giving thanks to God after a bountiful harvest season. Whether you and the people around you believe Halloween and/or Thanksgiving were started by pagans or Christians to open doors to the dead (or undead?) and giving thanks to God or Mother Nature, we are all hopefully wise enough to...

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There Will Be No Stones.

There Will Be No Stones.

Does a week’s blogging absence demand an explanation?  (I hope so;) I’ve been recovering. Early last week I stood before hundreds of women and told my scandalous story of ‘mad woman redeemed.’ A friend asked, “is this by choice?”  My sister said, “No, technically it’s not normal for people to want to confess their ugly past.” I wouldn’t say it was a want inside of me. When the leader of Women’s Ministry asked me to share my testimony, I knew it was a command from inside my heart. I worried about the judgment and reactions of the Surely More Godly Women — the women who’ve known Him longer and didn’t need to travel such scandalous roads to find the love they sought. But, I knew these women already; we were all talking about real...

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Enough Said.

Enough Said.

Erik in Southern California. His caption for this self-portrait:  “Jesus time in the amazing weather every morning.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)

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Another Wild Ride

Another Wild Ride

Yehaaaaa!  Roller Coasters got nothin’ on 2011.  Good thing we love the ride and trust its maker with our life! Three family passings, and moment-by-moment opportunities to turn over our fear to our loving and creative God.  I don’t know where I’d find peace – as a parent of a traveling, far-away college athlete, a beautiful 13 year old who’s still ricocheting with cultural discernment, a six year old who is safety-averse and thinks he can fly; an armload of unknowns about our career futures, risky opportunities and heavy callings. How can anyone make sense of getting out of bed if we don’t have God’s hand lifting us up!?  As it is, with His help, the prospect of beginning a new day – a new year – is positively exciting. We are reading John...

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