When I was in undergrad, our campus ministry spent an entire year diving into the theme passionate and steadfast as a way of understanding the character of God and our relationship with God. Throughout that year, as we delved into this theme, I had no way of knowing how important that understanding of faith would be in my … Continue reading Passionate and Steadfast.
For all the saints who from their labors rest, Who Thee by faith before the world confessed, Thy name, O Jesus, be forever blest, Alleluia! Alleluia! Oh blest communion, fellowship divine, We feebly struggle, they in glory shine; Yet all are one in Thee, for all are Thine. Alleluia! Alleluia! (Evangelical Lutheran Worship #422) This … Continue reading For All The Saints.
Steven Curtis Chapman has always always been a singer of my heart songs. My junior year of high school, on the night when I prayed to get really serious about my faith, it was after hearing his song "The Change" on the radio. When I went away to college, the song "I Will Be Here" became significant … Continue reading Beauty Will Rise.
We went back to church today. For the first time since July 3 (besides July 31 when we snuck in the back to hear Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton and then snuck out at the end of church like ninjas), we sat among our brothers and sisters in Christ and brought ourselves before God to worship--to … Continue reading A Great Cloud of Witnesses.
I love Sara Groves. In fact, she might be one of my favorite songwriters of all time. Her honesty and openness in songwriting has always had a way of connecting with the depths of my soul exactly when I needed it most. And yet, sometimes I forget that. In the past few days and weeks, I've … Continue reading Stir My Heart.
Let me introduce you to my soul friend Carolyn. Carolyn and I have one of the strangest, messiest, most beautiful friendships that I have ever experienced. Back before God convinced me to go into youth ministry, he began weaving this incredible relationship that would change my life, challenge my faith, and deepen my understanding of … Continue reading Messy Beautiful Soul Friends
I've been soaking in these words this week. What do they say to my attitudes in life? In ministry? In relationships? Henri Nouwen is a wise, wise man. "Fatalism is the attitude that makes us live as passive victims of exterior circumstances beyond our control... The opposite of fatalism is faith. Faith is the deep … Continue reading Wednesday Wisdom: Henri Nouwen on Fatalism and Faith