Brennan Manning is one of my favorite authors. A Ragamuffin Gospel is one of my favorite books, and one that started my path to understanding Grace better. Not that I fully understand it, obviously, but I’m closer than I was.
The past two months have been crazy. From planning the wedding, to being with family the week of the wedding, to the actual wedding, and then getting back into the swing of things after the honeymoon. As such, I have slightly abandoned writing. I have missed writing, but it was also a nice break. I enjoyed soaking up life. Being able to focus on the family and friends that were around to support Autumn and I while we made a huge, amazing change in our lives.
I have mostly stayed away from responding to tragedies. This is mostly because I have no idea what to say. I know my words could never calm the pain that a mother, father, sibling, wife, or friend could feel. I tend to keep quiet and reflect, asking God to answer questions, heal, and comfort. That’s the only response I know. Even this response isn’t well thought-out. Today’s post is mostly a venting table for me, so feel free to move on.
I know I’ve missed two straight weeks of football, and I’m sorry. I am apologizing to myself, because the past couple of weeks have shown us some really good football. But, today, there are more pressing things on my mind. I have been struggling through some doubt lately.
I know the issue of politics is a tricky one, and it certainly becomes more so within my religion. I want to start by saying that this post is not about evangelizing my ideals. I will not talk about who I’m voting for, my thoughts on policies or the role of government, or who I think Jesus would vote for. These are all significant discussions, but not for this blog. This post will be focused on the Church’s response to government, and how we as Christians should engage in politics. Obviously, as this is my blog, I will be spewing my opinion. As is the case with every post, I want to create discussion, but please be aware that my thoughts are only my own, I do not wish to force them on you. I always desire conversation, but if you come at me with hostility rather than civility, there will be no conversation.
This is the last interview of my series. I know, so sad. Chad Gibbs is one of my favorite writers, and is a great internet friend. Chad recently release his new book, “Love Thy Rival“, asking if we use our sports enthusiasm for the glory of God. My short answer is usually no. Along with that, he started a campaign along with Samaritan’s Purse to build a clinic in Haiti. There is a lot more information here. Donate in the name of your favorite team!
Some of you may be wondering why I haven’t written in a while. Of course, you may not be wondering that at all. But I’m gonna tell you anyways. Some exciting things have happened recently, and I’m so excited to see God’s hand working in the lives of my friends and Autumn and I.