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Unoffendable by Brant Hansen (@branthansen)

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People often call me a pacifist and maybe I am to some degree, but when Jesus says to turn the other cheek, love your enemies, and pray for those who hurt you, I believe He means for us to do those things. I also believe in seeing the “divine spark” in each person because whether we follow Jesus or not, we were each made in the image of God. As such, I believe we are to love and respect one another. Even with that built into my belief system, I struggled. As an author, I’ve struggled with negative comments and reviews to the point that I began to resent the very people I was writing for. So when I saw a book called Unoffendable, I thought perhaps it would help me find a new perspective. It just so happened I was reading Unoffendable at a time when race issues popped up and the related outrage that always accompanies such things. Social media was full of angry, remarks. These days, it...

Waking Up: How I Found My Faith by Losing It by Ted Dekker

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Waking Up How I Found My Faith by Losing It Ted Dekker 2015 27 pages   Author Ted Dekker exposes his struggle for many years to reconcile what he believed about God with the reality he was experiencing. The Bible says God answers prayer, but Dekker felt his prayers were left unanswered. The Bible says to love our enemies, but Christians can’t even get along with each other. The spiritual conflict became a crisis of faith and he began exploring alternative belief systems outside of Christian faith. That’s when he had a spiritual breakthrough. As the NY Times bestselling author sat at his desk one day, he felt God remind him of a simple truth. We are to love others unconditionally. How, then, can we believe God doesn’t love us with the same unconditional love? This is love. This is grace. To know this kind of love and acceptance means we can quit trying to be good enough. As Dekker says,...

May Your Heart Be Filled with God’s Love for Muslims

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It breaks my heart—completely breaks my heart—when I hear Christians say hateful things about Muslims. When I hear things like “I hope they burn in hell” or “We need to kick them all out of the United States” I am embarrassed on behalf of all Christians. When I see Christians toting heavy weapons protesting in front of a mosque to scare, intimidate, and threaten Muslims, I feel great sadness and righteous anger. How can Christians be so arrogant as to essentially say, “I deserve God’s mercy and Muslims do not”? How can these people dare to call themselves Christians when the love of God is not in them? It breaks my heart. I don’t understand it. These hateful attitudes are not of God. It fills me with righteous anger. I find myself rising up to defend the Muslims because no one else will. Why?   Muslims Are Individuals As Christians we don’t have the luxury of looking at Muslims with...

Sheila Walsh (@SheilaWalsh) on Brokenness, Rejection, and Bummer Lambs

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What’s not to love about a soft, cuddly lamb? Yet as Sheila Walsh explains, sometimes a mother will reject a newborn lamb. Aww. How heartbreaking. Wait until you read what happens to the rejected lamb next. It will truly warm your heart and encourage your spirit.   Book Excerpt from Loved Back to Life I grew up in Scotland with sheep all around me, field after field of white wool and incessant crying echoing throughout pastures. Of all the lessons I have learned from these defenseless, gentle animals, the most profound is the most painful. Every now and then, a ewe will give birth to a lamb and immediately reject it. Sometimes the lamb is rejected because it is one of twins and the mother doesn’t have enough milk or she is old and, frankly, quite tired of the whole business. If the lamb is returned to the ewe, the mother may even kick the poor animal away. They call those lambs “bummer...

Jennie Allen (@JennieAllen) Has Advice for Introverts

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You may not know it, but I’m an introvert. Most writers are introverts. Going to a party or public gathering sucks the life out of me. By the time I get home, I’m ready to crawl in a hole for a week, just to recharge my batteries. I really only have one friend I interact with, plus a handful of acquaintances I chat with online. Making friends takes a long time. It’s not like I can decide to have a new friend by Friday. With that struggle weighing heavy on my heart, I nearly cried when I read this passage from Jennie Allen’s book, Restless: Because You Were Made for More.   Intentional Living Five years before Sarah Henry had her strokes, she sat on my bed and watched me pack for a trip. She was impatient that I was leaving. I was one of her only friends because she had recently moved to Austin. She wondered out loud if she would ever have friends like she had in college. I looked at...