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The Refugee Crisis Shows Faith in God Makes No Sense

The Refugee Crisis Shows Faith in God Makes No Sense

I’ve been stewing all last week on whether or not to write about the refugee crisis. There’s already plenty of voices in the conversation. As I considered what I might say, it’s changed depending on which day of the week I considered writing it. At the risk of being just another voice, here’s what I would like to encourage you as you make up your mind on this discussion.

It’s all about fear.

Too simple? Fear of others, fear of the unknown, fear of the future, fear of what any of this might cost us. And I get it. I’m afraid too. In fact, as I write these words I’m sitting in Washington DC. You know, the place ISIS said they would target this week. I’m just a few blocks away from the White House, their prime target. I received more than a few looks and comments when we told people where we were going this week. As I walk around these streets and notice all the police with their guns, it’s easy to dwell on how much there is to fear.

But as a Christian, I’m not called to live in fear.

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A Status Update

A Status Update

We live in a culture which challenges your personal status every day. At the touch of our fingertips we read one status update after another on our favorite social media sites. In fact, usually multiple sites. Yet notice the words we use to describe a person’s update. If you look at the tab selected when you post something on Facebook it says “update status.” That’s what we attempt to do. Update our status… and do it in 140 characters or less. Because every time we read one of those posts from someone else, on how great their life is currently going and how life seems to be working better for them, it updates our status as well. Usually negatively. That’s why it’s become common to hear people talk about taking a break from social media for awhile.

This matters immensely. The myth is that this is just a personal concern for us to manage well. But it’s way beyond personal. Our perceived status is the multiplier for how we treat those around us.

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Top 20 Quotes from Catalyst West (2015)

Top 20 Quotes from Catalyst West (2015)

This is part of a series of posts on 20 quotes. Click here to see others.

I had the opportunity to attend the Catalyst West conference this week with some of the team from Central. I’ve had the chance to become friends with the Executive Producer of Catalyst the last few years and that has made these experiences even more special. Catalyst is a great shot in the arm of encouragement and connection with other church leaders.

Below I’ve selected twenty of my favorite quotes from the event. Each of these quotes is my best representation in writing of what they said verbally or a summary thereof. Any errors in wording are my own.

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How Was Your Easter?

How Was Your Easter?

The photo above is from Saturday night when I read the Easter story to the kids (using the YouVersion Bible App on the iPad). It was only afterward that Michelle sent me the pictures she took and informed me of Adelyn’s face when I got to the part about the empty tomb. Evidently, this shocking revelation actually shocked her still today.

Which leads me to a question: How was your Easter? More specifically, how did the resurrection of Jesus cause you to respond this weekend? Here’s my favorite tweet about Easter from this weekend. It helps to illustrate what happened.

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Borrowing Hope

We made the video about Brian’s story (see above) and showed it at Central this past weekend. Not surprisingly, it has connected with many people. It’s worth taking six minutes of your day to watch it. I’ve known Brian for many years and have watched him go through this journey. It’s easy to talk about God when it goes well and you don’t feel like you need Him to do much. But we see the power of God in our weaknesses and I love the picture of the church we see in Brian’s story. My favorite thing he says in the video is “What do you do when you don’t have any hope? You borrow hope from other people that love you.”

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A Few Good Men… and Women

Do you see what God sees?