Monthly Archives: October 2011

Great quote of a quote

I’ve been re-reading Brennan Manning’s Ruthless Trust, A Raggamuffin’s Path to God .I love everything that Brennan Manning has written, but this is one of my favorites. During this season of my life I feel like his words in this book are keeping me sane. Anyway,  in this post I wrote about not dissecting our lives into the parts that are pleasing to God and the parts that we want to leave behind because Jesus came to make all things new, and it’s our life as a whole that brings glory to God when we live in redemption.  This morning I read a quote Brennan Manning used in Ruthless Trust by Henri Nouwen and I wanted to tack it onto my thoughts about redemption…

To be grateful for the good things that happen in our lives is easy, but to be grateful for all of our lives– the good as well as the bad, the moments of joy as well was the moments of sorrow, the successes as well as the failures, the rewards as well as the rejections– that requires hard spiritual work. Still, we are only grateful people when we can say thank you to all that has brought us to the present moment.  As long as we keep dividing our lives between events and people we would like to remember and those we would rather forget, we cannot claim the fullness of our beings as a gift from God to be grateful for. Let’s not be afraid to look at everything that has brought us to where we are now and trust that we will soon see in it the guiding hand of a loving God.


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Relevant Magazine: The Sin You Can’t Quit

FANTASTIC post over at Relevant Magazine about The Sin You Can’t Quit.

I find myself annoyed more than anything most times when Christians go off on a tangent about “habitual sin”.  The last time I checked the Bible made it clear that all sin is equally unholy and that we have all “fallen short of the glory of God”. And to my knowledge, Jesus is the only man who ever managed to be perfect. So doesn’t that mean that we all struggle with sin daily? Wouldn’t that daily struggle constitute as habitual?

Thankfully this Relevant Magazine post takes a different angle and it’s really refreshing and encouraging!

It’s good to know that there are Christians out there who can take the time to really consider what they represent and try to understand Truth. Earlier this morning I saw this video response  by “Brother Redbone” on youtube. The video he posted is in response to another youtube video of a young man coming out to his father over the phone “live”. Now while I have a lot of feelings about someone coming out over the phone and on video to their parent, I praise God for the response of the father on the other end, who made it clear that he would love his son no matter what. I’m not worried about whether or not that love affirms the son’s homosexual identity or not, it’s not my job to worry about that, I’m only glad to have hear the father say, “this doesn’t change our relationship”… because it shouldn’t.

Sadly, “Brother Redbone” wasn’t satisfied with the father’s response and felt it needed to be added that while it was great and fine that the young man’s father still loved him, it didn’t change that he was going to hell.

I wish Christian culture wasn’t so obsessed with sin.


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A linktastic post: Things you should read

I’ve been working on a couple different projects for the blog this evening that are taking a little longer than expected, but until I get them finished I thought I’d post a couple of things that I think are worth reading….

From the Exodus Blog , a post by Exodus International President Alan Chambers- I think it’s a good example of thinking the way Jesus thinks.

Also from the Exodus Blog, Julie Rodgers’ story about Choosing Life Not Death . I’ve had the great pleasure of meeting Julie and listening to her speak, and I love her passion and enthusiasm!

I wrote a post for FaithVillage called Why I Shouldn’t Exist that I don’t believe I’ve posted here, oddly.

And last, but certainly not least, this is an awesome song and the lyrics run through the video, so you can read along! (See, keeping with the theme of things you should read)

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Women and same-sex marriage… hmmm.

Kristin is my finder-of-all-interesting-things to think and talk about and this morning I read this short post to Faith and Family ‘s blog that she sent me in an email a couple of days ago. Faith and Family is a Catholic magazine and blog.

The entry is really short but I wanted to quote so this blog post isn’t so mysterious, writer Rebecca Teti says,

I haven’t seen anyone make the argument but it seems obvious to me that for the law to say that same-sex marriage is the moral equivalent of one-man, one-woman marriage is simultaneously to proclaim that the unique gifts of women are officially, by government decree, not in any way important.

I need some more time to sort out my exact thoughts on this idea… It seems the post is suggesting that  removing the prospect of procreation from a marriage in a same-sex union, it is an assault on women because we are the bearers of children. Or something like that…

Again, I’m not sure how I feel about this particular angle or argument, and wanted to throw it out there to see if anyone else has anything to say about it, however it does touch on some things that I feel very strongly about when it comes to women and homosexuality (which I’m going to write about this evening).

If you have thoughts, please share!



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Gooooooood Morning…

I am in the process of getting ready for work, don’t let the bummed look on my face in that picture fool you about this post.. I just like my sleep!

Anyway, before I finish the getting-ready-process I wanted to share two things.

First, you should check out this post by Alan Chambers about what God is for, it’s a great reminder not to get so caught up, as a Christian, in focusing on what God is against that we forget to represent what God is for. Very good early morning reading!

The second thing is a little something I read in my Jesus Calling devotional this morning that couldn’t be more perfect for the day I’m preparing to have. You see, I am a planner… which most often is just a fancy way of saying that I’m a worrier. I can find reasons to worry and fret about the simplest situations, I’d consider it a talent, except, well, it isn’t.

This little passage from Jesus calling this morning spoke right into my day today and I hope that it will speak into yours as well!

Trust Me enough to let things happen without striving to predict or control them. Relax and refresh yourself in the Light of My everlasting Love. My Love-Light never dims, yet you are often unaware of My radiant Presence. When you project yourself into the future, rehearsing what you will do or say, you are seeking to be self-sufficient: to be adequate without My help. This is a subtle sin – so common that it usually slips by unnoticed.

The alternative is to live fully in the present, depending on Me each moment. Rather than fearing your inadequacy, rejoice in My abundant supply. Train your mind to seek My  help continually, even when you feel competent to handle something by yourself. Don’t divide your life into things you can do by yourself and things that require My help. Instead, learn to rely on Me in every situation. This discipline will enable you to enjoy life more and to face each day confidently.

Psalm 37:3-6 Philippians 4:19


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The Hidden Heart: Awesome blog post from Bob Hamp

 Happy Sunday everyone!

I’m a big Bob Hamp fan (if you haven’t read Think Differently Live Differently you should)  and if you haven’t checked out his blog before, now is an excellent time to start with this post  about hiding our hearts and learning how to listen to our emotions and not shut them out.

I think a lot of what he’s saying is really in keeping with the ideas we’ve been tossing around here about redemption, so when you have a minute take a look!

I’ll leave you all with a little quote from the blog and I hope you have a great day. I’m off to work =/

The truth is, YOUR EMOTIONS WILL NOT LIE TO YOU. Your emotions will, in fact, always tell you the truth about what you believe


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Facing a husbands choice: Great post from POTSC

Love, love, LOVE this post on the People Of The Second Chance blog by Karen Hammons!

Karen poignantly describes what she and her children face and the grace they choose to embrace as the family of a convicted sex offender (I totally did not intend for that to rhyme).

Here’s a little taste:

I am one who is a shade of gray in a conversation that others want to keep black and white.
I’m not the victim. 
I’m not the offender. 
I’m one who loves and sees value in both human beings. I choose to look at them without the mask of their label. I choose to see the heart and soul God created for a spectacular purpose that supersedes this ugliness that comes from hell itself.

That’s why I choose to use my voice and be loud.

Loud about audacious grace, unyielding mercy, tenacious hope, and glorious redemption.

I have seen and experienced its reality of being available for ALL who are affected.

This really hits home for me because of things my family has experienced.  I believe that there’s a movement coming, born out of the grey area that Karen writes about, and I believe it’s a movement of grace!


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One parent, two parent, red parent, blue parent

I found this BBC News link on Randy Thomas’ blog  about passport forms being updated in the UK to include options for same-sex parents. Parents applying for passports for their children may now identify themselves as “Mother”, “Father”, “Parent 1” , or “Parent 2”.

BBC News quoted Sam Dick, head of policy at gay rights group Stonewall saying:

 “These changes simply reflect the realities of modern life for families – making it clearer for same-sex parents applying for passports for their children and more straightforward for the officials who process them.”

I can understand how this would make things run more smoothly at the passport office, but I wonder what these “realities of modern life for families” really mean for the kids?  I remember not too long ago when we were being schooled on how to teach our children about why Sarah has two mommies and Jack has two daddies, and now stripping away the mom and dad titles, what are Sarah and Jack left with?

I know it seems like such a small and technical thing. It would be easy to brush off as something that could never really impact the children in these families, and yet, sometimes small things send big messages.

Are we raising a society of orphans?

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Forgot to mention this back in September, but Kristin and I were asked to do a little interview with the Houston Chronicle at the Love Won Out conference. I’m not sure how they got that I am a youth minister out of our conversation, but oh well. What can you do?

Houston Chronicle Article 





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Proud sisters are we!

This is Kaylan, youngest member of Tribe Brown. She’s on her way back to the US after spending a week in Haiti with a group from her church.

Kaylan has an openness of heart that inspires and humbles me and I’m proud to be her older sister. =)

Please join us in praying for a safe return for she and the group she traveled with!!


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