I am suggesting we turn our attention away from this false and damaging narrative, and offer a new story, one that we begin to tell and to live with such conviction and such a winsome wholesomeness that it drowns out the noise that's coming from so much of the media we seem to be addicted to.
this life we live together is a moment-by-moment safari-like nothing-held-back adventure despite our best efforts to make it a Holland America cruise. This life together is - in the vernacular of 1970's Disney - an E-ticket ride!
We live in an era when being oppositional is de rigueur, where being "right" is considered more important than working together, where we're expected to stake out positions rather than solutions, where we divide into camps, where so much is understood in terms of "them," and "us," where vulnerability is considered a weakness, and where people are disassociating from community at an alarming rate.
There's absolutely nothing in our experience of life that will not be markedly enhanced if only we make the simple decision to engage ourselves with a faith community, and make Sunday morning worship THE priority of every weekend.
Love is the only resource we have in our toolbox that has a prayer of moving us forward from this point, and toward any kind of a future other than the tragic history of pointless repetition that is the cycle of violence as a solution to anything.
avid and Beks get it. They understand that relationships are absolutely everything. They remind me that love is complete immersion.
This is a critically important idea, and ideal. Look at the scriptures. When Paul wrote his beautiful definition of love, kindness was the second word that came to his mi
"Christianity," I wrote in my third book (The unmaking of a Part-time Christian) "is best experienced as a team sport." It's also best experienced in the context of unconditional, open-spirited, mutually encouraging love.