This verse isn’t just about Jesus and me. It’s also about Jesus and we. We are supposed to experience the same kind of love in our life with Christ that Jesus experiences with the Father. That’s amazing. But we don’t know what God’s love looks like, feels like, should be like. So we’re given each other - branches all around us, weaving around us, to reflect God’s love for us.Read More
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When Jesus says he is the “True Vine,” he is saying that he is and will do all that Israel and the rest of humanity could never be and could never do for itself. Jesus is doing for us what we could never do for ourselves. Jesus is saying, “I’ve got this,” which means you and I do not have to “got this.”Read More
The trouble is...it’s not always clear in our culture what form that victimhood will take. We know we’re supposed to be suffering for Jesus. But for the most part, we’ve had it pretty good. So a lot of American Christians have started to look for ways that we’re being oppressed, that our values are being co-opted, that the world is out to get us. We’re supposed to be persecuted. So we imagine we are.Read More
Hungering for righteousness means having this insatiable ache to see things made right, in all places, for all people. It means having a desire so deep, so intense, that life isn’t possible without it.Read More
Blessed are the people who pursue wholeness, completeness. Blessed are the people who make space for the gathering together of things that are meant to be whole, but aren’t yet. And that’s all things. Because all things - our relationships, our communities, our ecosystems, our selves and our minds and our ways of thinking about ourselves - they were all meant to be whole, to be sound, to be healthy and safe.Read More
But what if the world doesn’t have to revolve around power, greed, violence and retribution? What if the world is actually designed to function in a completely different way? What if there is another way of looking at the world, a proverbial Earthrise, that provides the perspective to see that power, greed, violence and retribution are actually part of the decaying and corrupt Upside Down?Read More
But, for many of us, it’s our Winter seasons that seem to last the longest - if not in duration, then in intensity. Our Winters are those seasons characterized by darkness. They’re times of forced inactivity and isolation. Our winters are when our circumstances, relationships, and emotions are lifeless, or at least appear to be.Read More
Jesus has inaugurated the Downside Up kingdom into our Upside down world, flipping the standards of self-sufficiency to relying on God, overturning our tendencies from being self-reliant to relying on God in all things, and returning reality from independence to dependence on God.Read More