Known

“O Lord, You have searched me and known me.” (Psalm 139:1)

Don’t we all want to be known? Don’t we all want to be discovered? Not caught, or found out, but really understood in our deepest places? We need someone who can bridge the gap between what we do (being caught) and who we are (being known).

Most of us, on some level, feel invisible. Our experiences don’t help that.  Remember, as a child, trying to get someone to watch you jump into the pool?  As you came up for air you realized that everyone was continuing to read or talk with each other and missed your amazing, death-defying leap? Or maybe you really like someone who forgets to invite you to the party. He just forgot. You. He remembered everyone else. We feel invisible, unknown. (more…)

Lead Me to the Cross

I was talking with a friend yesterday about the American evangelical church.  I often wonder if we, as a whole group, have started to drift away from some important things.  As a counselor, I really appreciate teaching that helps the average pew-sitter to function better.  How do I parent better?  How do I improve my communication with a spouse or family member?  How do I lead my family to be strong?  I think these are questions that the church must address.  But I’m not sure if they should address them from the pulpit.

While learning how to help my child handle a bully, or the statistics for how eating together builds strong families is really important information (truly), I don’t need Jesus to do that.  I think the emphasis on growing strong families is crucial to our society.  But I need to learn how Jesus is the only true Source for that to happen.  In our attempts to help a dying world, I don’t want to see us become the Christian version of a self-help resource for families.  Does this make sense?   (more…)