Growing up, I lived a couple of houses down from a red headed boy named Bradley. In the picture my memory conjures of him, his face is sprinkled with a handful of freckles and his ear-to-ear smile is missing some of its Chiclet-like teeth. He was older than me, but I was bigger and stronger. […]
Leslie and I were in church yesterday morning for the first time in 3 weeks. The last two Sundays we played hooky. The first week we celebrated a birthday. Last week, Leslie’s mom kept the kids for the whole weekend and, well, we savored every moment of our much-needed time off by doing very little. […]
Cross-posted from the Exodus Blog: Exodus Int’l President to the Gay Community: “We’re Sorry” Leader of 37-year old ministry admits grave errors Irvine, Calif. (June 19, 2013) — Exodus International, the oldest and largest Christian ministry dealing with faith and homosexuality, issued an apology to the gay community for years of undue suffering and judgment […]
In 2009 I spent ten days in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Prior to going, I spent time researching the country, its people, and the state religion of Malaysia—Islam. Months before my trip I called one of my Malaysian friends and asked her a number of questions about how the Christian Church is treated in her country. Her answer both surprised and comforted me. She said, “We are guests of Islam and Islam is a gracious host. We are guaranteed freedom of religion, worship and practice as long as we do not proselytize (seek to convert others).”
For those of you who know Jesus, I encourage you to come out of the proverbial closet with your messy stories. Share them as you would a beautiful mosaic that makes you you and God, well, God. Point to the events where you have been shattered. Reveal your human scars. Showcase your new heart. Celebrate God’s grace.
If you don’t know Jesus Christ, consider this: He takes anyone in. The more broken you are, the more amazing His gift of a new heart is. He’s not looking for perfection, He knows it’s unattainable—hence the need for His birth, death and resurrection.
Wondering if you’re disqualified? Impossible this side of death. Trust Him; it will change everything.