The Great Grace Awakening

When angels announced glad tidings of great joy, they sang a mystery: that the Word, the very message of God, had come in the flesh—Jesus! Elsewhere in Scripture, ‘glad tidings’ is more commonly translated as our familiar word, gospel. I fear the word has grown too familiar, and suffers from neglect. We must reclaim that the coming of God is the gospel,…

Forty Friggin Five (a memoir of sorts)

(Note: I don’t normally do this, but I’m posting a journal entry I ran across just today. The more human and transparent we can be with each other, the better. I’m 46 now, but this is what I wrote to myself Dec. 10, 2013)… I woke up today, and half my life was over (generously assuming I…

Ruining Jesus: More False Images of the God of Grace

You may remember, but in 2013, a woman famously ruined Jesus. While she probably had good intentions, the 82-year-old Spanish pensioner named Cecilia Gimenez turned an oil fresco painted in the Misericordia Church in Borja, Spain, into an abomination described by the BBC as resembling a “crayon sketch of a very hairy monkey.” Her restoration of the 1910 depiction of Christ…

Getting a Better God Image, pt. 2

We simply can’t imagine a God who doesn’t think and act like us in relation to failure. Which is why we need a new mind. To be clear, when I say failure, I mean sin. How do we view ourselves when we fail again…and again…and again? How do we treat others when they fail? The fact is,…

Legislating in the Divine Council

This is one of the most powerful teachings I’ve ever done. Prepare to view reality and the divine plan of God through new eyes! All this material and much, much more are covered in my new book, Ekklesia Rising. Ekklesia Rising: The Authority of Christ in Communities of Contending Prayer (excerpt) “The book of Hebrews helps us form…