Courage is about what we do when we see that there is something greater than fear; something more important than fear; something holier than fear. Courage is about the having the willingness to triumph over fear for the sake of that vision.
One of the key skills that we develop as we grow into our sexuality is the ability to tell the difference between the human body and the sexual human body. It's the reason that we can see bodies—or parts of bodies that are normally thought of as varying degrees of private—and then move on with our day.
That is when we know if we are following Christ. Because if we are, then the fruit will be good.
They just weren’t curious. Because if they had been curious, they would have asked questions. Questions like, “Have you played a lot of darts?”
Faith is the act of being in the world-as-it-is and living as though we were in the world-as-God is-calling-it-to-be.
Joy is a little act of resistance against the world as it is. It is a little glimpse of the kingdom of God.
There are blessings all around us. There’s steadfast love and constant faithfulness. There might even be enough and more than enough.
Even if I erased every trace of those events in the history books, my presence here would still be a living testament to them. That’s not guilt. That’s not shame. That’s just a fact.
When we are being the church who God calls us to be, we are one body and we need all the bits. When we are being the church who God calls us to be, you matter. We cannot be who we are called to be without you.
I do not fear God and to not respect the people and I do not care about the cries of some little old lady. But she’s never going to stop. So I will give her justice.