Saturday, March 9, 2013

What We Need Now

I posted my first blog in February 2002.  Eleven years, 4 blogging platforms (it may be 5...I've lost count), one book, and three laptops later, I now have a new place to write.  For the past year or so, I have been occasionally posting at Everyday Mission, which is the blog for a servant organization my wife and I started that supports Kingdom-minded people and churches in South Florida.  I will continue to post there, but this is a place to return to my writing roots. 

Back in 2002, I was a fresh faced, full-head-of-haired, goateed church planter with a lot of questions and big dreams. Over the years, the questions (and some dreams) have changed, but the desire to see God's Kingdom made known in the lives of those around me has not.  My passion is still to make Jesus the center of what church is all about.  Along the way, I've learned a little bit about how to help the church actually follow Jesus - to love God and others.  I've also learned a lot about grace, healing, and how forgiveness can build a spiritual family against which the gates of Hell cannot prevail.

There will be new adventures to follow here specific to our life and ministry in our little paradise of Jupiter, Florida.  But more on that another time.  The title of this post is "What We Need Now" because that is going to be a theme for what you will read here.  I have a tremendous amount of hope for the future and am not going to be shy in sharing why.  I have seen miracles over the past decade.  Sure, I have seen God heal, bring people to salvation, set free the oppressed, and turn financial ruin into abundance.  But those are not the miracles that have brought the most joy and hope.  The miracles that have blown my mind usually play out over several years.  They involve normal, flawed, yet beautiful people finding a home with the saints of God.  Over time, the Spirit takes their broken pieces and fashions a mosaic of worship and redemption.  The resulting work of art then becomes a vessel pouring out Kingdom goodness to the world around them. 

These "miracles" - what I like to call the set-free-ones - are an unstoppable force.  They haven't built a huge church (and likely never will) and you won't read about them in a Christian magazine.  But they are making a indelible mark on the lives of those in their families, at their jobs, in their schools, and in their neighborhoods.  What we need now is to keep finding ways to create environments where the natural, expected outcome is that people are becoming set-free-ones.  That is where I have put my hope and what I will be writing about in the months to come.

A few business items.  I will not be accepting comments on this blog (mostly because of spam) so if you wish to interact please either use facebook, twitter or my email - everydaymission at gmail dot com.  Also, I will try as best I can to not use boring technical theological language and only quote NT Wright occasionally:)  Hopefully you will be encouraged, challenged, and maybe see some miracles yourself along the way.