Monday, July 28, 2008


Said something yesterday that really hit me hard - during my message at my church - I said that "we are wired by God for friendship." I've said something similar many times before ... so not sure why it hit me in a different way this time ... but it did. I guess it's sinking in. You and I - are made for each other. To be in community together. To know each other.

So why is this so hard? Especially in the church community? Why do we wear masks and put on facades? What are we afraid of? If I'm honest - I am afraid of real relationships. Because then I'm really putting myself out there. To be known. And to know others. And this is not clean and easy. Relationships are messy and difficult.

But how else can we have community? It doesn't happen by just putting it into the title of our church or something like that. It doesn't happen by writing it into a vision statement. It happens when we know we're wired for it ... and when we enter into the crazy, messy, beautiful process of being a community.

Just some stuff I'm thinking about today ...

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

My new nephew

The world is officially larger. Isaiah Kenney Carr ("Zay") was born last week to my sis and bro-in-law out in CA. Cute kid.

The Bible says to "be fruitful and multiply." David and Maria are fulfilling the mandate. Welcome to the world of parenthood!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Job series

Began a new series at our church this past Sunday - exploring the theme of pain and suffering in our world. We're looking at the book of Job to discover how he dealt with the incredible pain and suffering in his life. We began by asking a question: "Does God allow suffering?" We said that He does, but that the deeper question that the book of Job probes is "How does a person deeply suffering respond?" That's a more difficult question if you ask me.

Gotta admit - this has been a tough series so far. But love dealing with the true realities of life instead of dancing around the issues.