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Bring Your Nothing

Posted on November 10, 2014 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)

I have a pretty basic https://twitter.com/jeffblock" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">digital bio: husband, father, friend, pastor, and self proclaimed nerd. But, I often wonder how well I know myself and tend to think that I don’t. Maybe it’s a mid-30’s-life-crisis. Or perhaps it’s a result of living inadvertently under a digital screen where I’m thinking only 140 characters at a time. I don’t know. But one thing I do know is th...

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Chief of Sinners

Posted on November 3, 2014 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)

"Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst."


-1 Timothy 1:15

Run, Dog, Run!

Posted on October 27, 2014 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20




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Dance of the Dirty, Rotten Sinners

Posted on October 20, 2014 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)

We hear about sinners sinning and we shake our heads and cluck our tongues. The fires await them, we think. Then we bury our heads in our bibles and smile at how very holy we are. We attack people who practice homosexual behavior and all those people more “liberal” than we are as if they had erupted from a crack traveling up from hell itself. And we feel satisfied with ourselves, and sing our songs and thank our God we’re not like them. ...

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I Don't "Got This"

Posted on October 13, 2014 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (1)

Pressure had been building like steam in a tea kettle all morning long. Piles of dishes from the night before, missing shoes, children who won’t get out of bed, who won’t eat breakfast, who don’t answer when I call to them. Steam. Building. And then….Where’s Ezra? I open the back door. A once clean, blonde haired, blue eyed boy standing in the middle of his sandbox covered in mud.


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When We've Gone Rogue

Posted on October 6, 2014 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)

I was sitting on the edge of Sunset Cliffs, peering into the vast blue expanse of the Pacific Ocean, when I came to grips that I wasn’t a very good Christian; it was probably the seventeenth time that year. I was a “super-senior” at a Christian college, and had given much of my time to various ministries – lead a couple of them – and I felt lost at that moment. The path I was on was shadowed by sin and regret and uncertainty. I felt alone on tha...

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You're Not a Sad Story

Posted on September 29, 2014 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)

I love being around high-school students because they haven’t quite learned how to make their emotions “presentable.” I often find myself telling high-school girls that adults experience the same exact things they do: discouragement, betrayal, confusion, doubt, fear, and frustration. The only difference between an adult experiencing these things and a high-schooler is that, as an adult, I am able to mask it all more effectively. The struggle, the angst, the...

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Grief Changed My Prayer Life

Posted on September 22, 2014 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)

2009 was the year grief began to hit our family. That is the year the miscarriages began (back to back to back) that brought everything I thought I knew crashing down. Before 2009, I had answers for everything. I had eloquent prayers for every situation anyone could ever face. In fact, I often received praise for my ability to pray so eloquently. I was eager to offer counsel and prayers for others in their grief. Mostly because of compassion....but also because I though...

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Stories Matter

Posted on September 15, 2014 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)

We sat across the table from one another, casually chatting about life and school. She said something about how she was having a hard time because of what everyone thought about her.


“Well, what do people think of you?” I asked.


“Whore.”


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Psalm 121

Posted on September 8, 2014 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)

“My daughter is pregnant.” The text about a friend’s unwed teenage daughter felt like a punch in the stomach. I was undone. I was also hopeful though; I know how God loves to take the most broken situations and turn them into the most beautiful. So I crafted a text back, one that I thought would be encouraging. After I hit the send button, I knew it was wrong. It was too formulaic, too light, not enough of me entering into her pain.

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