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Removing obstacles to love

I have a pastor friend who did a church swap. He and his wife went to Scotland for a summer, and the pastor from Scotland came here to Dallas.

An unruly leading

Rule keepers struggle to love rule breakers. But if the Church is called to love a world full of rule breakers, then examining the Church's own unspoken rules is important.

Examining lost ground

A while back, I was invited to join a group of local pastors for the prescreening of The Passion of the Christ.

Out with the old, in with the new

Once we admit we’re messy, what will Jesus do with our mess? In Luke 5:36-37, Jesus shares a parable with the Pharisees—the tidy-makers.

Admitting messiness

The Pharisees were a great example of tidy people trying to make tidy clones. Because they didn’t identify as sinners, they had no need for a Savior.

Keeping ill company

Jesus isn’t repelled by our messiness. In fact, He has this habit of throwing open the doors of love to messy people. He did it all the time.

There's no such thing as Jesus repellant

The Church has lots of well-intended but callous advice for messy people. To people who have lost everything—marriage, children, health, or jobs—

Are you a tidy mess?

Remember being in college and finding out your mom was coming to visit? Your dorm room was clean in less than 10 minutes. Sure, everything

We're invited

You know what’s great about lonely places? No one can hear you talk out loud. When Luke writes that Jesus withdrew and prayed,

It's time to sneak out

Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed. (Luke 5:16) We aren’t asking, “What would Jesus do?” but “What will Jesus do—in us and through us?”

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