Friday Faves

The Gospel that Almost Killed Me: This is a really really good post about the dangers of believing in a prosperity gospel. “Brothers, call it what it is. Pastors, call it what it is. Don’t let even a hint of this junk live in your church. Preach against it, and preach a gospel that shines so bright and burns so hot that any other gospel that tries to approach it burns up upon entry.”

The Life of Lisa: I really resonated with this one. “There is the me that you see here on the blog, there is also the me at the podium teaching Bible study, the me at church, the me at basketball games, not to mention the me here at home. Sometimes they are different versions of me, or so it appears. Which is true? If I am honest, none adequately represent the whole of who I am.”

This is a short film (12 minutes long) called “ReMoved.” A friend posted this article on Facebook, which is where I first saw it. It’s about foster care, and it is powerful. Please watch.

Babies Are Waste

Babies are waste apparently in the UK. Hospitals are using the remains of aborted and miscarried babies to actually heat hospitals in  “waste-to-energy” plants.

Tonight, a news outlet over there (Channel 4, Dispatches) will be covering what many hospitals have been doing.

The Telegraph article: Aborted Babies Incinerated to Heat Hospitals 

We might as well go back to the Roman coliseum. People are sick.

New Year Thinking

A new year is a gift in my opinion. It’s clean and fresh, and at the start, I haven’t had much time to do dumb things. But there’s something different about the start of this year. I am happier with life and very excited about what may be in store. I don’t feel crushed by own goals for once. That’s nice. I still have goals for sure: X-amount of books to read, write everyday, read my Bible through before summer, start piano lessons back (that one’s been on the list for about 15 years now). Somewhere in my head its been decided I will be okay if all this doesn’t happen.

I also have thought more about what God has done for me than I normally do at the beginning of a year.  Usually,  it’s what I plan on doing for him better than before. I’ve been walking with Jesus for about 20 years now and it’s always the same ole on January 1st –the focus is on me.  I have been given perfect righteousness through Jesus and I am overwhelmingly thankful for this.  I just have to keep praying about everything and try to remember he doesn’t get sick of hearing it all. It’s hard not to imagine God being like yourself, you know?

I have joyous hope bubbling inside that I know Jesus and he knows me. What else matters for my soul other than this truth? I want more than I can stand for my friends to find this is the truth for their soul too. I want to do everything I can to help them find it.

I have an outline for how I hope the story of my life will turn out. I’m sure it will be quite different than what I have imagined because God is good with tricks and sleeves.

So this 2014 has been pretty great these four days. I pray this year for spiritual maturity and that love may abound for you and me.


Friday Faves–Jesus/Christmas Edition

Hi Again. Here are my favorite internet things from this week.

How Jesus Got His Name: This is fascinating, but I love etymology. So…#Nerd.

Jesus, the Son of Man: Ever wondered why Jesus called himself this? Here is a pretty quick explanation.

Prepare A Room: The lovely Dr. Sandra Glahn writes to us about hospitality. “Hospitality is primarily about people, not showmanship.” 1 Peter 4:9 “Show hospitality to one another without grumbling.” (God sure knows our tendencies.)

Finally, a little promotion for my man.

Seed of Doubt: This is my husband’s recently published novel. You should give it to someone for Christmas.

Merry Christmas, friends!

It’s Not Too Late: Finish 2013 Strong in Faith

This year has been quite a doozy. Lot’s has happened, which I am sure all of us can say. Looking back over the last 11 months I can see the spiritual battle that has been taking place in my own life. Because of the difficulty, I can let the negative take over 2013 if I am not careful; and that would not be something that gives glory to God.

Unfortunately, I have a severe struggle with being a pessimistic Peggy. So, instead of letting hopelessness and despair take the year into its history book, I am going to pray like crazy for the remaining 24 days. Pray that God will give me and you strength to finish out this year in a pleasing fashion to him. That we will let thankfulness ooze from our hearts instead of anxiousness. God has been faithful to us even when we were not faithful to him. He is always true to his character, “Merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty” (Exodus 34:6-7, ESV). We do not have to be guilty, friends. Our guilt can be washed clean by the blood of the lamb. He has a made a way for us. With that news, how can any year be given to the evilness of despair and hopelessness–no matter how tough?

Join me in praying for these last 24 days. Grow our faith, Father and help us to trust your work in our lives.


A Humble Story

Three and a half years ago, I was a selfish wife, proficient church critic and believer of 17 years. I was theologically wounded from fights I had instigated and good for another rumble, to be honest.  Also, my own damaging sin was a very close history.

I was in desperate need of love. Desperate need to have God’s Word preached to me over and over and over and over. Desperate need of community. Desperate need of repentance.

Let me introduce you to a2 Church: lively, loving, rockin’, fun, real. So very real. These people were desperate for Jesus. That was obvious.  I loved it, but unfortunately I was moving away at the end of the year.

With twists and turns that are as ugly as life gets, I returned to a2 summer of 2011 in the worse shape of my life—slap broken-hearted and dealing with the consequences from years of selfish decisions.

a2 Church was my hospital.

It is hard to fully explain how well this church has cared for me. From my first visit all the way to this very day, November 13, 2013, it has cared for my life and soul without ever wearing out.

I am no longer broken. My marriage is totally restored. I am not in theological shambles, and I love Jesus more today than I have ever before.

My life is utterly mundane for sure. I never wanted it to be that way. If you know me, you know I am of the dramatic fashion. Yet, I understand Jesus better, God’s provision and faithfulness. His pursuit of His creation is relentless. Relentless love.  Friends, I am growing.

God has used His church once again to bring in a wondering sheep.

I love you a2. I love you Chris and Janet, our fearless leaders. I love you sweet friends. Let’s not forget how desperate we are for God. You know our mission of leading people into a life changing relationship with Jesus has nothing to do with our building or talent or cover song. Let’s beg God to help us love our new community well and to surround us with His presence. God help us become more like you.

If you will allow me a few more seconds of your time…

Some of you reading this today are in need of Jesus, a church family, repentance. I welcome you to a church with dangerous love. The grace this church can offer you is the risky grace of God.

Please do not expect perfection. Please do not expect perfection.

Expect love that can change your life and truth that will clean it up.


Friday Faves

In My Father’s House: What’s it Like: I enjoyed this imaginative/biblical response to death. “Last night a motorcyclist had an accident only feet from my front door that took his life. And his death provided yet another opportunity to consider the post-life world for the Christian. ”

Is Your Child a Christian?: “Admitting the obvious—that we are not God and cannot see the heart—I maintain certain evidence can help us discern the legitimacy of child or teenager’s profession of faith.”

Atlanta Tea Shop Rescues Girls from Poverty in India:  I love stories like this. “I came back to Atlanta and wrote a little note and put it up on the lamp and told my customers what I had seen…I really wanted to help these girls and they probably had no future without the help…”

Students Sign Petition to Legalize Abortion After Childbirth:  This is a tad ridiculous, but still proves a point.