Day 4: Love Lets Go—But Leaves a Light On for You

God’s love can never change. But what happens when you are a jerk? Does God smile down on you approvingly? When you are rude or unforgiving or greedy or lustful or… you step out of the light and into the shadow. This is the darkness Jesus warned so much about. The place of weeping and…

Day 3: Love Is Personal

Jesus said God cares about every last thing God made: every sparrow, every blade of grass, every hair on your head. It’s too much. If God knows everything, how can God love you? You feel naked and ashamed, so you keep God at arm’s length. There is no reason to hide from God. God is…

Love Is Unchangeable

Day 2: Love Is Unchangeable

God’s love is like the sun. It shines whether you are good or bad. It shines because shining is its nature. God loves because love is the nature of God. God could no more stop loving you than the sun could stop shining. God knows you intimately. God loves you. Nothing you could ever do…

God Accepts You

Day 1: God Accepts You

We use the word “love” a lot. It’s not complicated. What we love, we accept. We invite it into our inner world. What we hate we reject. We banish it. The Grinch left Whoville to live on a mountain top in bitter isolation because he felt rejection. There is nothing more painful than rejection. Cindy…

The Way of Love

The Hard Road from Church to the Kingdom of God, Part 3 (The Way of Love)

  A Way to Live Jesus taught the way of love. He told stories. At the center of these stories was a God of love and people in need of love. Jesus’ stories did not focus on belief but on behavior. Jesus had only two rules for life: Love God. Love your neighbor. He said…

The Hard Road from Church to the Kingdom of God, Part 1

The Hard Road from Church to the Kingdom of God, Part 2

My Two Big Questions  Now that I lived on the outside of church, two questions mocked me.  The first was how to explain all the good things and good people in church. This was a problem for me because leaving was the kind of extreme step that would be in order if I had been…