Resurrected Living
"What are you going to do with your new resurrected life? This is the heroic question." Richard Rohr

Archive for November 2013

Getting To Know Grace

November 27, 2013

What is grace? Grace is the fact that God does not give us what we deserve. He treats us better than we deserve to be treated. He blesses us even when we deserve to be cursed. He gives us life when we deserve death. Our salvation is only because of God’s grace. Paul puts it […]

What We Need To Do To Keep Our Ministers

November 27, 2013

Ministers are leaving. They are leaving ministry and some of them are leaving the church all together. Every situation is not the same and there are probably multiple reasons why ministers are choosing to get out. There was a time when I considered getting out of ministry. My primary reasons for considering this move was […]

Why I Left Ministry But Could Not Stay Away

November 26, 2013

I was recently approached by a fellow minister and asked if I would run their story on my blog anonymously. Typically I would refrain from publishing any anonymous post to my blog, but I felt this minister had some good reasons for wanting to stay anonymous. Around this same time two posts were going around […]

A Prayer By Flannery O’Connor

November 13, 2013

Recently a prayer journal from Flannery O’Connor’s college days was discovered. The journal spans about a year and a half of her life. She was just twenty one and twenty two years of age when she penned many of the entries. It is a personal journal that was never intended for publishing. The entries are […]

12 Years a Slave

November 8, 2013

12 Years a Slave is a gripping and emotional film that is often hard to watch. It is based on the real life story and writings of Solomon Northup. Northup was a freeman living in the North when he was kidnapped and sold into slavery. 12 Years a Slave recounts the horrific conditions and abuse […]

A Change in Greeting

November 7, 2013

A couple of months ago I made a decision to change my greeting when I get up to speak. I used to say “good morning” but now I say “grace and peace” or something similar. To be honest I miss saying “good morning” and hearing all the congregation respond by saying “good morning” in return. […]

A Brush With Violence

November 5, 2013

Last Wednesday I was sitting in a coffee shop having coffee with a couple of friends when I received a text from my wife. The text said, “We’re all okay.” This was supposed to be a comforting text from my wife, but it was not comforting in any way. In fact, it was disturbing. I […]

The Power of Prayer

November 2, 2013

This week my four year old son, Jackson, has been praying for rain every night and twice we have woken up and it has been raining. Each time I have taken him to the front door, reminded him what he prayed for, and showed him the rain. He said, “God answered my prayer!” He was […]