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There’s been so much to write about, I don’t even know where to start.  Or, really, how to start.  And I dread the prospect of droning on about my own events and thoughts in a sort of biographical account, but I also believe in the community-aspect of this blog and the healing nature of processing events and thoughts through the art of writing and engaging in conversation.  So, if you’ll afford me a moment or two …

Anger is a seed.  Give it some water, and it will grow wildly.  Neglect it, and the roots are killed.  In the aftermath of quitting my job, it has been easy to identify reasons.  And a few of those reasons illicit a deep sense of anger and bitterness within me.  Those are demons that I’m trying to control as I discipline myself to focus on the prospect of better things rather than dwelling on the reality of former things.  That doesn’t mean that I gloss over the situation(s) that led to my decision … but that I am making a conscious effort to not allow that anger to control me.  I don’t mean this to critique or ignite controversy, I am just simply admitting where I am in this process.  Speaking of …

Controversy is sometimes necessary.  Calling to attention the frequency of missing the point isn’t negativity, it’s vital.  I’ll never understand why we consistently waste our time spinning our wheels to tell mediocre stories … rather than leveraging our entire resources to tell beautiful and compelling stories.  To me, it just doesn’t make sense.  When the church becomes more known for it’s irrelevancy than it’s interaction, it’s time to make some changes.  When our buzzwords become “membership”, “attendance”, and “education” we should hesitate.  When words such as “justice”, “culture”, and “doubt” become black-listed … we should resist.  Why?   When our greatest priorities are the things that happen within our buildings, we lack mission.  Without mission, we lack passion.  Without passion, we lack heart.  And without heart, we’re simply huddling under steeples observing religious regulations.  Which brings me to this …

The Kingdom of God is alive, despite us.  And it’s exploding in ridiculous outpourings of rescue, justice, art, creativity and hope.  It’s taking root.  It’s advancing.  It’s around us, in us, and through us.  Despite our failures, despite our misunderstandings, despite our own selves … God is unleashing the kingdom around us.  It’s time to jump in and be a part.  It’s time to dream, to create, to act, to re-define.  It’s time to actually live as the sons and daughters of God in this planet, and ignite this planet with the full hope and truth of our Father.

 


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