• Christian Living,  God,  Jesus Christ,  Kingdom,  Legalism,  Love

    A Liberating Whore Story

      We have all read the story in John – nowhere else – about the woman caught in adultery. We have all been taught how Jesus inaugurated a new way to fulfill the law – and we have put ourselves in the tangled sandals of the woman. We have read it and closed our bibles grateful that Jesus doesn’t condemn us, but saves us from condemnation and tells us plainly to “sin no more.” But grace folds over in grace when I walk across the temple’s dirt to the Pharisees. When I see through their eyes her face flushed red with shame and fear. She’s been found out and her lover…

  • Christian Living,  God,  Jesus Christ,  Kingdom,  Legalism

    Fellow Wanderer

    Psst, you there, with the heavy pack and slow step, come in close for just a sec. I’m no stranger, my footprints are right over there on this same path – still deep (my pack was heavy, too). I’ve been where you are now and I just had to come back with a few refreshments – I know this part gets wearisome. It gets long here and your feet are sore and you feel a little… done? Yeah, I know… I felt done, too. You have secrets. Secrets that the rest of us would find disgusting. You would tell them in mutters and we would recoil in horror at your…

  • Beauty,  Christian Living,  God,  Legalism,  Love,  Old Testament,  Worship

    Into The Grey

    I resisted this for so long, the slide into what I always assumed was a non-decisive limbo. A place for the cowardly to hide from conviction. But then my convictions led me here to the in-between spaces… And now I find myself resisting black and whites, resting in the grey. Because Jesus boiled everything down to the impossibly simple, terribly difficult LOVE. Love God. Love people. And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?” And he answered, “You shall love the…

  • Christian Living,  Family,  God,  Jesus Christ,  Legalism,  Motherhood

    Took His Daughter to Work Day

    I’ve been working on a post (for likebasicallyforever) about respecting kids. Valuing them as human beings, as individuals, as free agents… But today Gabe took RJ to work with him. For no other reason than “I miss her.” And that kind of says more than all the logic and intuition I have been editing to precision over there. In this family our daughter has value that her father sees right now. He doesn’t see her as a potential or a commodity. She doesn’t serve some image of a nuclear family and anyone who has had a 3 year old knows that she will not be impressing anybody today with her social skills (although…

  • Christian Living,  God,  Jesus Christ,  Kingdom,  Legalism,  Love,  Old Testament,  Uncategorized

    Heartburn

    They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?” {Luke 24:32} For a while now I’ve been really struggling with my idea of God. I have a tendency toward legalism and knowing that is not a solution. I have been taught that God is very angry and that His anger must be appeased. He’s the punisher and Jesus, I was taught, the redeemer. This lesson was delivered in various forms throughout my life, but I’m not sure exactly why it is so engrained. Regardless, I default to an image of a wrathful…

  • Christian Living,  Legalism,  Love,  Old Testament

    Lawless One

    “But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation. And as for all who walk by this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God.” (Galatians 6:14-16) I struggle with rules. A lot. Not as a stubborn independent asserting her individuality, but as a stubborn follower. I do not necessarily enjoy having strict guidelines, but I thrive on them. I am the kind of person who will spend useful energy stressing…