On Voting

Is it only me? 

During this election year it has been incredibly hard to navigate my political convictions with my understanding of grace. 

There I said it....

Submitting to strengths

God has given our friend Bill Thrall, a wonderful gift. He is able to articulate profound and complex truths into wonderful concise thoughts that clarify, simplify and express what our new hearts are discovering to be true. We, his friends, have witnessed it over and over in...

A Receivable Love

We speak and write a lot about giving and receiving love. And well we should. It is the whole deal, after all. The only command of Christ. 

But giving a love...

Obedience Made Easy

Periodically, various staff members write our Trueface blog. I chose this one from Bill Tell's July 22nd blog, because he offers an exciting insight about who the pure in heart...

Hoping for Vertigo

In the middle of the night I was awakened by an unfamiliar sound. I walked down the hall and suddenly heard Bali, my fifteen year-old golden retriever, trying to follow me. But something was very wrong. She was slipping and falling, hitting into the wall, whimpering. I turned on the...

To Risk Believing God When You do Not Understand

The single most important gift any believer can ever receive is to risk, believe, doubt, fail at and then rest in semi-certainty at the absolute goodness and perfect, sovereign rightness of God…maybe especially in the events you least understand. It is a gift, because all your efforts to pass judgment upon His ways will not earn you what you most need. Once you are convinced the true God has been revealed-then trust Him in whatever He does...

Your "Testimony" is Not About Your Superior Behavior

 Many of us are afraid to tell others with confidence about Jesus, because of our own compromised lives. "Once I've cleaned up my act, then I can proudly say, 'Hey look at what Jesus can do!'" Look, your testimony is not about your superior behavior. No one comes to trust Jesus because of your improved behavior. Your testimony is what God has done and is doing with your astonishingly bad behavior. Your failures, real compromise, real, present-tense sin. How He loves...

A Wet, Woolen Coat

There are countless friends today choosing to get up this morning, to get dressed. They sit and stare for a bit, they drink strong coffee or tea. And then fight hard to stand up and walk out into this life. They don't especially want to. They can't seem to rally it. There is sadness all over them that they can't label. They keep trying to fight it off...

Mercy, Mercy Me!

For 21 years Mercy Me has been recording hit after hit and then taking to the road to play almost as long as people would stay. You would think by now they would just be mailing it in; playing with detached disinterest, in smoky casino lounges, with bad lighting, next to the kitchen. Tiny rooms, usually reserved for acts like the “Paul Revere and the Raiders’ Reunion Tour,” featuring the lead singer’s ex-bass player.

But I had the privilege...

Without The Leash

Just came back from a walk with my thirteen-year-old Golden Retriever, Bali. I believe she has just stayed around primarily to protect me. We go on walks each day when I'm in town. And every time, at the corner where we turn in for home I say the same words to her: "Here kid, lets get that leash off and walk free these last few hundred yards. I love you so much." She shuffles faster for a few moments and then, to my great joy...

Excuse me, I've got important work to do...

Living to not perform never means living less, or not working hard. Or giving myself a pass to not do something really worth doing. It means working hard at the right things. It means being so free from performing to assuage God or prove to others that I am worth loving, that instead I can love well. And loving well costs. For loving well means it is no longer about my performance, but standing well with others in their hurts and losses and blind sides; even their performing...

Still New to This Chapter

I discover, in my preaching, that I write and lean towards these kinds of thoughts. To show God good and kind and wise, above and in, next to and standing with, over and amidst, missing nothing and redeeming everything. If I don't have these as my starting point, then all talk about grace seems like whistling in the dark. But He is this good and better...