Whose Side Are You On Anyways?

This revolution does not come cheap. It will cost you everything, and for some that will be too steep of a price to pay. For others, the dream, the hope, the possibilities of what Jesus offers to this world, to change this world, to create within this world, is not only beautiful but all they have. This revolution is not for the faint of heart. You will experience betrayal, unimaginable pain, suffering, and at times the loss of hope. Is it really worth it?

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The Upside-Down Revolution

Death is life; a little is a lot; what goes up...: The kingdom of God is an upside down revolution. This Revolution does not work the way we would expect it to work, nor in the ways that everything else in this world “works”. It is a different way, a way that questions what has been deemed “normal” and instead turns everything upside down. All of this upside down revolves purely around love—love of God and love of others. But love of God and love of others is way more radical than we have been led to believe.

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The Revolution will Not be Instagrammed

“Give me a sign!” is what we always clamor for, and it was no different with Jesus. Despite what he had been doing, it was never enough. We need a sign! “Picture or it didn’t happen!” The revolution of Jesus, the insurgence that the kingdom of heaven is about, is not instagram-able. It is about the way of the cross. Of denial of the self for the greater cause of Christ.

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The Revolution is Not a Spectator Sport

It's easy to think that the revolution is an observatory sport; that we simply get to sit back and watch Jesus do his thing as we stand back in awe and wonder of what's happening. But that is not the case. The Revolution requires participation. It is a participatory engagement, a moment where you and I get to play. We're not spectators. We are live participants who get to create the change, and be the change.

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A Revolutionary Wonder

What does is mean to have faith like a child? To see, know, understand God like a child? Is it possible to recapture this sort of faith, especially as we look at all of the children around us and learn from them and their questions? Child-like faith has nothing to do with an anti-intellectual posture, but rather a posture of curiosity and mystery mixed with imagination and wonder, which ultimately leads to awe.

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The Long Shot Revolution #NOTTODAY

This revolution is for you, the underdog, the outcast, the downtrodden, the oppressed, those who have been deemed unworthy or unlovable, unlikeable or unseemly. This revolution is for you. Jesus didn’t come for those who have it all together. He cannot and will not be coopted by the power structures of our day. Jesus has come for those who are not the “desirables."

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We Are the Insurgence

Eastertide has begun, and we live in the wake of resurrection. This is the beginning of the good news about Jesus, about his revolution, his kingdom, and its presence. Peel back the curtain and see, peak your ear to hear, and set your hands and feet in motion to join the revolution, a living, and active revolution that is already underway.

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Stand Closer

Still today life is not all rainbows and unicorns. We suffer, friends suffer, the world suffers. But as we stand closer to Christ - on the cross, at the burial, and at the empty tomb - in loss, death, and grief - we see reflected in his love the redemption of those experiences. The closer we get the clearer the image of love and redemption. The closer we get to Jesus the more tangible our hope for new life becomes.

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Awakening the Soul to Your New Story

‘In these bodies we will live, in these bodies we will die. Where you invest your love, you invest your life.’ These lyrics (from Mumford and Sons) speak to the call of Scripture, the reality of the new story that has been laid out before us because of and through Jesus. It is our call, then to be instigators of this new story in the people and relationships around us.

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Awakening the Soul and Isolating our Imposter Syndrome

Do you feel like an imposter? Do you feel like at any moment you’re going to be found out for who you really are? That after a few moments God is going to 'swipe left’ or even worse, ghost you? Maybe we feel that God is simply standing in wait, holding fast and tight before yanking the rug out from under our feet? What is this imposter syndrome, and what does it mean for us to isolate it, address it, and see beneath the surface to who God really is?

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Awakening the Soul to God's Presence

Can you see? Can you see beyond the wall of our own creation? Have you noticed the wall actually surrounds us, that it actually encircles us? Beyond the wall, all around us is the presence of God, our true refuge, our true fortress. It is not the wall that protects us, it is the wall that prevents us from experiencing the freedom of Christ. Let us step forward with confidence into this new space, eyes open, hands open, hearts open.

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Awakening the Soul

Pause. Take a breath. Breathe. Breathe deeply and sit in the moment. In this space, connect with your soul, connect with the depths of your being, and allow yourself to recognize the soul. Is it sleeping? Is it weakened by the troubles and the deep concerns of this world? Is it wounded or in pain? What is the state of your soul? Wake up, O soul, awaken to the beautiful mystery and newness that surrounds us. That waits for us, that cries out for our participation. Awake My Soul!

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White vs. Black: Crossing Racial Lines

Most apply the main point of Acts 6:1-7 as the emphasis on why leaders & pastors in the church are in need of "Deacons" so they can focus on *preaching*. It's often overlooked how the choosing of the Hellenistic Jews in the daily distribution was a re-distribution of power & advocacy for those in a vulnerable position which helped allow the church to grow through the word of God.

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