Racial Colorblindness from a Color Blind Man’s Eyes

John Flowers Community, Family, Growth, Overcoming Fear, Prayer Leave a Comment

My mom cried when I showed her a picture of the way I see colors. It is indeed a sad reality when I stop to think about it.

Here is my bone to pick with the idea of being racially colorblind: that reality is extremely unfortunate.

Why would you want to settle for only 25% of the beauty in the world? Why would you want to limit your experience of humanity and creation to just a quarter of what is possible?

The Consequences of Careless Words

JoAnna Fannin Authority, Community Leave a Comment

“I tell you, on the day of judgement people will give account for every careless word they speak for by your words you will be justified, and by words you will be condemned.” Matt. 12:36-37 I’m not sure that there is more sobering verse I could type at the top of this page, but there it is. I was just …

A Prayer for Mending

Dawn King Community, God's Love, Prayer, Rebellion, Walking through Suffering Leave a Comment

Jesus, show us the way because we can’t see. We look through a glass dimly. Jesus, You are the way. Help us walk so close to You that we smell like You, that we look like You, that we become like You. Teach us Your ways so that our own ways die. Teach us Your Truth, so that it overpowers the tricky schemes of spite and bitterness. Your ways are above our ways, so we lay ours down. We say, “We don’t know what we’re doing. Help us.”

Shema Triangle Part 2: We/Me

Annwen Stone Authority, Community, Discipleship, God's Love, Growth, Hearing God, Walking with God Leave a Comment

Heidi Baker says a lot “Love has to look like something”. Biblical love involves discipline. Not punishment. Jesus took the punishment we deserve, but the Father continues in the new covenant to discipline us, to form us into His Son’s likeness. Love does not look like cozy hugs and surface level conversations; it looks like blindspots being revealed so that you can live out of bondage and step into the fullness of life that Christ calls us to.

Social Distancing Prayer Adventures

John Flowers Community, Evangelism, Family, Prayer, Quarantine Leave a Comment

Now that my 4-year-old was finished eating the parts of her sandwich that weren’t smeared on her face or lost in the recesses of her carseat, I invited her to join me in praying.
This was a strategic moment. We were inviting the power and presence of God into our community. I could model apostolic prayer for her. This was especially important since we have been going on walks in our neighborhood and I have been talking to her about praying for our neighbors. This was her chance to join Daddy in something that he enjoys, and for me to put my money where my discipling mouth is. I was gonna be an awesome dad.”

Who Even is My Neighbor?

John Flowers Community, Evangelism, God's Love, Quarantine Leave a Comment

The lawyer scrambles to catch the falling microphone and one-up Jesus by means of cross-examination. “And who is my neighbor?” Gotcha, Jesus. Winks to the crowd as he kisses his Star of David necklace and points to heaven. Slowly walks into the Galilean sunset. 
Not so fast, buckaroo. Jesus responds with another parable, and this one is a doozy…”