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Caution: Microcosms of Malice

And so it happens again, this time in a church. People are gathered to worship. Children playing with friends. Adults enjoying conversation. There is music and prayer. A community has come together in the name of the Lord, Jesus.

A man, boiling with hatred enters the sanctuary and begins firing a weapon which has as its sole purpose the taking of human life. It performs flawlessly. Twenty-six brothers and sisters of the Kingdom are dead with another twenty injured. The illusion of safety in this world, if such an illusion persisted, is shattered in a tiny town in Texas.

Another mass shooting. Days before, a worshiper of a demon god (certainly no righteous deity could have inspired such an act) murders eight innocents with a rented truck in New York. Before that, 58 killed in Las Vegas. Elsewhere in the world, acts of cowardly inhumanity are standard fare. Hatred has gone viral. Continue reading Caution: Microcosms of Malice

On a Garden that Needs Tending

 

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace…


 

I’ve been thinking about the Peace Prayer of Saint Francis. It occurs to me that it is a fitting inspiration as I learn how to coexist in a culture nearing midnight.

All around us we hear of violence and antagonism; of dispute and discouragement. Time and again I feel like “throwing my hat into the ring” on some of it.  I want to make my opinion known. Fight for the right, you know? I recently did just that and then regretted it. I’ll talk about that next time.

Seriously, what good will it do to stake out my position in a society that is coming unraveled? Particularly when my own garden here in “God’s Kingdom coming” needs tending. While the world outside blusters and blows, shouldn’t we be the calm in the storm?

St. Francis does a good job of outlining our job here between heaven and earth:

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:

where there is hatred, let me sow love;

where there is injury, pardon;

where there is doubt, faith;

where there is despair, hope;

where there is darkness, light;

where there is sadness, joy. 

O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek

to be consoled as to console,

to be understood as to understand,

to be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive, 

it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, 

and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Amen.

Are You Ready to Quit?

Occasionally, I am amazed at the perseverance of some of the Biblical characters. Elijah and the drought, for example. The prophet prays for rain, asks his assistant if he sees anything—nothing—and so Elijah goes on praying. I would have looked at the sky a couple of times and figure God wasn’t going to come through for me. Then I would have gone home.

Elijah kept on praying.

And think about Anna and Simeon who waited for years around the Continue reading Are You Ready to Quit?

A Sound Investment Opportunity

I was talking to a friend of mine at the gym this morning. I don’t know how we got around to talking technology. I think it was my complaint that a favorite prayer walk of mine had been fitted with security cameras. Anyhow, one thing led to another and we began reflecting on the internet and the essential part it plays in our daily life. We remarked that if something ever happened to this essential infrastructure, we’d all be “hurtin’ fer certain. ” We ended our conversation reflecting on what has been called TEOTWAWKI, “the end of the world as we know it.” Continue reading A Sound Investment Opportunity

Another Blog? Maybe Not…

I’ve been thinking about starting up another blog. Believe me, I’ve been resisting. I already have responsibility for multiple sites. It’s not like I need another one to think about. Still, there is something that won’t leave me alone.

I believe in recent years, there has been a shift in the cultural climate.

There was a time when we as Jesus People felt we had the opportunity, even an obligation, to influence the direction of culture and society. We got political; we sounded the alarm and called the church to action; we urged the electorate to take back America’s Judeo-Christian heritage; we decried the downward moral slide of Western culture. We designed programs and launched campaigns.

I think those days are over.  Continue reading Another Blog? Maybe Not…

Is God Out of the Office?

If you know me (Dan) well, you know I have a dubious relationship with the month of August. At the risk of sounding a bit whiny, I must say that it is  a discouraging month. Not only is it a dry, hot, sweaty, yucky (did I mention hot?) month, it seems that nearly everything slows to a crawl until we roll into September like a deflated beach-ball. I often quip that it seems even God is out of the office until Labor Day.

Moreover, as I plod through August, I don’t mind the thought of getting through it so we can move into the new year. (Yes, I know Continue reading Is God Out of the Office?