Sometimes the effort of living feels too hard. We try and we feel like we fail. We start our day with a vision for how life should look and it still turns out all wrong. We work our hearts out doing nice things for others but they forget to notice, now we feel used. I’ve had enough of this so what’s the key to getting it right? Read the rest of this entry
The memory just would not fade! She tried everything she knew and was always subconsciously looking for ideas wherever she went, but still there were times of total recall that left her terrified and sweating. Read the rest of this entry
The church had occupied that corner for years, so long, in fact, that the locals knew to ignore it. They drove past but they never considered stopping by; why would they? Read the rest of this entry
She was nervous about the event; people said she was amazingly pretty but only part of her mind believed what they said. Read the rest of this entry
Be serious for a moment, what would you do with a 900 year-old heart? Read the rest of this entry
This concept of being salt in the world is baffling and churches struggle wildly with it. “In the world but not of it” sounds wonderful on paper but is Read the rest of this entry
Develop the power to attract money, fire your bank manager, create wealth using other people’s money, make a fortune using our secret method no one else has discovered . . . You’ve seen the ads and maybe been tempted to Read the rest of this entry
Not everybody loves the Kardashians but is there anyone who hasn’t heard of them? Few people know what they really do but many folks dream about being just like them – celebrities. What’s their secret? You might argue that they don’t do anything of value, you could be concerned about their stunted morals and the shallowness they present, but you Read the rest of this entry
“After practicing dentistry for almost 40 years I’ve decided I can’t get it right so I’m retiring!” said my friend Norm (who was in reality a great dentist). Sometimes we feel like that and we are not joking about it like Norm was. We think of ourselves as the people with “the answers to life.” We think, “It must be true because we have the true faith that everyone else needs to accept.” In our saner moments we are sometimes forced to admit that we don’t have all the answers but we do have more questions than most people. Too often our actions produce the opposite of what we intended. In those honest moments it is time to join the dots.
Think for a moment about Simon, the one they called Peter. He struggled to piece together the provocative insights of Jesus in the context of his life and times. Sometimes he was right, sometimes wrong. He fought the other disciples – sometimes he was right, sometimes he was wrong. Perhaps the act of struggling is the most important part – is the judgment greater for those who never really engage the conflicts of faith than it is for those who wrestle with the realities of active faith and “get it wrong?”
This site doesn’t aim to produce “right answers.” It seeks to expose and legitimize the struggles, fostering healthy outcomes. Innovation and inspiration belong together . It promotes the pursuit of discipleship which engages with contemporary culture to produce an expression of Christianity which is vital and healthy. Comfort and conformity are no substitute for being intentionally real.