Beauty > Ugliness

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I admit it. I am weak. I’ve always hated the fact that I live in a world where ugliness at a soulish level is rewarded and celebrated. I tried to be hard, harsh, unconcerned about the vulnerable, but I could not sustain it. I was changed. Since then I have been seeking community that will not give into ugliness; even when it means sacrifices of power, popularity, and wealth.   In my weakness I am sad. I’m saddened watching ugliness exalted as a means of fighting other forms of ugliness. There is no beauty in this, just variations …

Love via Think/Be/Do Cycles 

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Jesus says the goal/telos of life is love. Love the LORD in your thinking, being and doing. Love your neighbor as someone who is also created to love in their thinking, being and doing. We pursue the goal via repentance, realignment and renewal. Repentance changes our beliefs; how to think. Realignment changes our identity; who to be. Renewal changes our actions; what to do. This dynamic forms a continuous growth cycle of THINK/BE/DO that begins and ends with Love. God’s love coming into us and then from us is developed through disciplines of study, prayer and practice. …

Work that Grace!

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“Grace” is one of the most important words in the Christian faith. Do we use it correctly? Some of us learned the word through an acronym: God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense Or we learned the word grace in contrast to mercy. Mercy is not getting what you deserve. Grace is getting what you don’t deserve. But often many of us immediately pair grace with an antithesis works. All of these contribute something to understanding Christian grace, but there are challenges. What do we do with grace when we use biblical teaching to talk about biblical responsibilities to do …