I suddenly shuddered. I realized that if I had got my hands “bloody” and won the battle at my former workplace, I would have totally missed out on something so much better! Then I realized that the colleague that stayed behind is actually the one digging for scraps because my old company does not pay well. I realized that by “losing” I won, and him “winning” he actually lost. Such is how the Kingdom works. Matthew 19:30 says
“But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first.” … More Farmer to Rocket Scientist. The Kingdom and You.
I have many stories of devastation that will make anyone cringe. But I also have literally dozens of non-trivial stories that tell of God’s goodness. These were the ones that were either stepping stones – helping me believe God really does exist, He’s there, and He loves me enough to help and change me. Or the ones that were so dark and painful – these provide the contrast that set up just how redemptive the God-story lines were. … More Dear Prisoners of Hopelessness …
Pursuing music became a bittersweet memory. Collaborating with other Christian strangers was uncomfortable… I couldn’t trust. Going outdoors was a dreaded idea. Seeing my own reflection in a mirror or picture reminded me of how far I had fallen. Here’s my response today. I’ll do music, with video, with new Christian brothers around the world. I’ll just do all the things I was afraid of doing. Why not? There’s Jesus. Perfect love drives out all fear. Thank you Jesus. Happy birthday. … More What Christian Apologists do when bored (featuring David Wood)
It was only about 7 years ago that dignity was totally stripped from me. Fingers were cracked and inflamed such that I could no longer hold an instrument anymore.But I didn’t want Him to repair my life, that is too trivial for GRACE. The God of the Bible is a God of New Things. See the new thing in the wasteland? The newness of life? The new creation? New intoxicating wine? New wine skins? NEW. 新. חָדָשׁ. νέος … More Don’t be afraid to do the beautiful New, as New Things do.
Dear friends, thank you for supporting my project, I have a long way to go in this journey and any help is much appreciated. if you can, please do follow my blog through email and spread the word. It really helps get the word out. THANK YOU! … More The Rules of Grace > The Rules of the World
Went on an impromptu 4 hour drive. The drive may seem mundane to most people, especially in America, but I remembered the days that I wouldn’t go outdoors for more than 2 hours before the climate would “eat” into my flesh and I would be forced indoors… I can’t describe how I felt to know I am going out at will. … More Going to David Wood vs Michael Shermer @ KSU, GA 10/10/2016 (Thoughts on the drive there)
Pilate and Jesus. One is on the side of power and accusation, the other like a lamb to be slaughtered. Pilate had already seen it all. He was the original Millennial of 0 A.D, before the Millennials of 2000 A.D. Even more so, this guy actually had great achievements. He was revered and envied. If he had Facebook, every small thought he posts would have thousands of likes by sycophants. Take a page from Pilate. Achievements on desperate display cannot fill up the God-shaped hope in your heart. … More Millennials and the Elephant in the Room – Pilate and Jesus (Part 2 of 5)
The life of Vincent Van Gogh has always stuck a chord within me. I fear it’s because I have a little bit of him inside. He was a man of God, but had such great empathy and idealism that didn’t do well in the cold, cynical world. That same empathy that caused such vivid art was also the same empathy in which he tried to follow the convictions of what love was. That great empathy was likely met with greater disappointment. That ark of empathy seemed worn down by the deluge of the suffering around him. Some nights, especially the cold ones, I feel a little worn down by what I see in the world around me too. … More Vincent: Beauty for Madness
“This love is stronger than any mountain… and its deeper than the need in you.” The more of God’s love we take in during our moments of brokenness, the greater the final product of our heart and soul will be. Please do take a listen, and tell me what you think. … More Song Share: This Love – Jackson Finch
Song Share: Take Me With You – Samuel Lane. Running notes on consistent chords remind me of how we may feel stuck, yet something deep is changing for the better. The eye cannot see it. Doctors cannot see it. Parents cannot see it. Friends cannot see it. But you know that deep in your heart, your soul has seen it, that’s why it moves you. Your soul has seen it because God has already done it and has allowed you to have a glimpse of it. … More Song Share: Take Me With You – Samuel Lane