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When God called Abraham, he just said: “Just go, and I’ll show you as we go.”  Our life with God is just like that. A day to day walk. No rules. Just relationship.

Many are Called but Few are Chosen: Making it happen or waiting for God?

Posted by on Sep 30, 2016 in Featured, God-Walk | 0 comments

Many are Called but Few are Chosen: Making it happen or waiting for God?

In the world we live in today where so many of us are constantly goal setting, have you ever taken the time to wonder what kind of goals guys like Moses, David, and Joseph set? You hear it all over the place. I certainly did when I worked in the high end of professional sports. “You have to set your goals and go out there and make things happen for yourself,” they said. “Those who wait never get anywhere. You can’t stand still unless you want to become another statistic,” they added. While I see what many are trying to communicate through the...

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Growing Beyond the Formulas

Posted by on Nov 16, 2015 in Cafe Inspirado, Featured, God-Walk | 0 comments

Growing Beyond the Formulas

I just saw a cute meme on Facebook. Sounds almost like the beginning of a joke, right? But I really liked it. It was tasteful, unlike so many of the religious-themed ones. It had a message I liked.  And it was simple. But … It was also simplistic. As far as memes go, this one was probably as true as any of them. General encouragement, general principle, general instruction. Generally helpful. But the problem is that it was just that: general and simplistic. It could not address my specific situation. It reduced a complex and free-flowing...

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Now is the Time of Your Breakthrough. Or Maybe Not.

Posted by on Oct 23, 2015 in Cafe Inspirado, Featured, God-Walk | 9 comments

Now is the Time of Your Breakthrough. Or Maybe Not.

  “God has a plan. God is working his plan. God’s plan includes you.”  Those were words printed in bold letters on a sign hung above the pulpit in a church I used to go to in Tulsa. The pastor wanted her people to know that their lives were not just stuck in the mud, that God was doing something in them and through them. God was working. We all need that hope. We all need that reassurance that we’re part of something bigger, that our lives have significance and purpose. Or at least, many of us do. I do. And every once in a while we need...

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The Heresy of Quiet Times

Posted by on Oct 21, 2015 in Church Chat, God-Walk | 0 comments

The Heresy of Quiet Times

“Jesus happens in quiet times.” Growing up, I remember a minister consistently using this line to guilt us into regular “quiet times.” We were told that these daily times of personal prayer and Bible study were what made us Christians. We were not alone. Throughout the Christian faith, there exists this strange idea that quiet times are the base line of Christian practice. This is heresy. When Jesus declared that he would be incarnate in the least of these, we were shown what the base line of Christianity is … speaking up. While I...

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The Seductive Lie of “God’s Favor”

Posted by on Aug 17, 2015 in Featured, God-Walk | 0 comments

The Seductive Lie of “God’s Favor”

He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. Matthew 5:45 Sometimes the lies we believe are so subtle and so seductive that it’s really not a fair fight. The sales pitch can be so enticing and the promises so grand, that we can’t be blamed at all for embracing them without greater scrutiny, because that might mean having to give-up what our hearts want so desperately to be true. Every day, I come across Christians who are quite certain that they have #godsfavor upon them, and they...

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Faith, Anticipation and Expectation – When you don’t know how to pray or what to believe

Posted by on Jun 18, 2015 in Cafe Inspirado, Featured, God-Walk | 1 comment

Faith, Anticipation and Expectation – When you don’t know how to pray or what to believe

We are a “Faith” generation. Many of us who surfed the wave of “Word-Faith” teaching that swept explosively through the Church in the 1980s and ’90s have since found our balance point in life. As with any fresh movement of the Spirit, there were excesses, misunderstandings, and actions out of spiritual immaturity unchecked by the wisdom and experience of older saints. But millions of believers around the world found a new vitality with God that had been absent so long in their traditional church upbringing. I was...

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When your faith is bigger than the Bible…

Posted by on Jun 12, 2015 in Cafe Inspirado, Featured, God-Walk | 28 comments

When your faith is bigger than the Bible…

Living with uncertainty just may be the mark of a genuinely in-touch spiritual life. When your thoughts, your perspective of the God and the universe, go beyond the limits of what you’ve been taught, when you begin to think outside the lines, it can be a very scary thing. But it can also be a sign of profound growth. And you might be in touch with God in a way that you weren’t before. Something could be happening to you – and it could be a really, really good thing. I’ve noticed this a lot in the past decade or so. And mostly,...

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The (Female) Jesus I Saw this Sunday

Posted by on Apr 1, 2015 in God-Walk | 0 comments

The (Female) Jesus I Saw this Sunday

Palm Sunday was a few days ago, the first day of the most powerful and important week in the church year. In liturgical traditions, the service opens with joyful singing and the waving of palms, and progresses into a reading of the Passion. The account in Mark’s gospel begins with a woman from Bethany lavishing Jesus with love and costly nard, but then it takes an ugly turn to Judas’ betrayal, the disciples falling asleep in the garden, Peter’s denial, and finally humiliation, brutality, and death. The scenes are intense,...

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Learning about God from Non-Christian Lesbian Moms

Posted by on Mar 23, 2015 in God-Walk | 0 comments

Learning about God from Non-Christian Lesbian Moms

At three-and-a-half years old, Maya* is an absolute delight. Wearing polka dot rain boots, she splashes in parking lot puddles, her ringlets bouncing, and a smile of sheer joy spreads across her face. Before the day’s end I am in awe of her thoughtfulness, creativity, logic, and imagination. “Good job!” I tell her almost continuously, sometimes from a place of true amazement but other times simply out of habit. On the third day of my visit, one of Maya’s moms teases me, “G-o-o-d j-o-b,” she says, spelling out the phrase like she does for...

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Self-denial is not about denying who we are. It’s about following Divine Love.

Posted by on Feb 18, 2015 in Featured, God-Walk | 1 comment

Self-denial is not about denying who we are. It’s about following Divine Love.

Hang out for three days with 1,300 people like yourself, and—if you’re a writer, at least—it’s interesting to hear what words keep coming up. Over the long weekend at January’s Gay Christian Network conference, I shared a meal with companions from several of my worlds: trans/nonbinary people, Episcopalians, bridge builders across hot-button divides. I took part in a workshop where we applauded as participants acted out stories of their gender journeys. All the people I met seemed genuinely glad to see one another. And the words kept...

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