The leading Father (A Fathers Day Post)

The leading father

Since my early days in church I’ve often been told I had to relate to God as a father. I just couldn’t…

See, I never knew my father, he caused my mother horrible pain and left our family to fend for itself excelling us into a deeper poverty and depression.

Amongst all of this constant struggle just for daily food and hoping for shelter in the coming months as bills piled up, in church I was told to pray to God, my ABBA father.

That word ABBA was foreign to me. Not in the sense of the definition, I just didn’t know what it looked like in human form. In my mind I didn’t see much of a difference between God and a deadbeat father.

Over the past decade my thoughts have changed. Now I want to share with you some insight about real fathers. I hate to disappoint you but this blog won’t be specifically tied to God being our father, I think he has a message for you today.

One of the Hebraic words for Father is אמן and is pronounced ‘aman.

The definition beautifully brings to mind the prefect expression of what a father is and can be.

The definition for the Hebrew word for father is one who offers his right hand.

This word father here is more than a person who works, provides and loves. This word father is about a person who seeks to lead, guide and walk with you.

I’ve never had a father. But I have been very blessed in my childhood to have many men and women come into my life to lead me and take my hand while on this spiritual journey and this life journey.

My hope on this day when we celebrate fathers we include those mentors, spiritual fathers and all who have had a hand in leading someone.

I am convinced that God loves puns when reading the Bible, and this Hebrew word used for father is ‘aman…or as our English eyes might see it, A Man. A man is someone who leads. A man is an example. A man is a guide.

Happy Fathers day to all the fathers

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Baggage

Dual baggage.

A few years back I was on a flight to Michigan and I saw a weird act of kindness. While checking in at the self check in (because it’s quicker!)

I laid eyes on a family who was over their carry on baggage limit by one, and they were arguing about which would have to be checked.

A stranger behind them said, “I’m on the same flight I’ll take it. My ticket allows one more. Bag”

So he took it, later when boarding the plane, his laptop and bag took up his lap space while all the overhead compartments were full. He was in a predicament.

Now he was posed with the same question, “what are you going to check?”

The families baggage quickly became this mans baggage.

This was such a spiritual inspiration to me as I was being taught by God about forgiveness and dealing with baggage.

Biblical forgiveness

When we hold something, it’s a type of baggage in our lives. We have good and bad baggage, even good baggage can get heavy, meaning even when your doing good things, life can still become unbearable; people begin asking for more, people begin expecting more.

When we hold hurt, unforgiveness and grudges, we taking the hurt and pain of someone else and carrying it ourselves. If we let this happen a few times we begin to carry these huge bags with us everywhere.

Some of you are sill dealing with past hurts and you can feel it physically drain you, this pain and hurt can even kill you spiritually.

For you, this baggage is more than real.

It can be a rape, it may be a divorce, or a break up, the list can go on, but this you don’t need any examples on, you know what your hurt is, you know what baggage your holding.

The Hebrew word for one dealing with common forgiveness is “nasa” and it means to lift; to hold up and put down.

When we hold unforgiveness we can cause ourselves to hold not only our own baggage but the baggage of others we will not forgive. My unforgiveness is making me carry her issues with her mother. My unforgiveness towards her is making me deal with her childhood abuse.

I don’t know about you but I have enough baggage to deal with than having to deal with her issues too, I don’t have enough room to fit his problems too.

My baggage is beginning to be become filled with her baggage when I just can’t let go.

Getting rid of it

When I forgive I am able to let this baggage down. Its not about moving on, you can’t lose it, anyone that tells a women to forget her attacker hasn’t been attacked, anyone who tells a child to forget his abuse hasn’t been abused. Forgiveness is about letting go, lightening the load, and checking a few bags.

This forgiveness journey isn’t about trying to be perfect in peoples eyes and saying I forgive and forget, because no matter how much you say it, it probably wont happen that quick, this journey is about getting rid of extra baggage.

Jesus echoed this by saying, “cast your care upon me.” Or “Let me take those bags”, my version.

A Clip from my new book coming at the end of the Summer entitled, An Emerging Spirituality

An Emerging Spirituality

I’ve had some questions about my New book An Emerging Spirituality which will be due out somewhere during or after the summer; mostly about the content and if it will have my “relevant revelations” in there that people have gotton used to. First off, this will be a full length book, I’m putting alot more work and time into this book, I’ve got alot of people working on designs and layouts for it.

In the book I will have chapter specific topics that I delve into and try and bring a new light, but not a new doctrine, some chapter subjects include, salvation, heaven, hell, the christian life, doubt, discussion and many more.

Again as with most of my writtings (with exception of REthink Christianity) I will be using biblical imagery and trying to bring a new focus on an old scripture. One of the beautiful things about the Bible is that it is a living book, it can speak to you today, and my goal is always to find out what the bible is saying at this moment to us. So I will be taking scriptures and shedding light on some insperational points that havent been heard about those scriptures before.

Over the past century we have begun to use the term personal relationship to describe our new life with Christ. Though some insist This is a new term, it is not. The idea had been around since the very days of Christ and the term can be traced back to some early church fathers writings.

I propose that this relationship that God has with us is three-fold.

I propose that this relationship with God is ongoing; meaning, no specific start point and no end.

I propose that this relationship with God is emerging, Changing, growing and always evolving.

I propose that this relationship with God is personal, specific, distinct and most of all unpredictable, undefinable and unfathomable.

When we begin to establish guidelines to a relationship between two people we not only limit the relationship, we take the personal and distinct experiences that may illuminate while in this relationship and fall blind to the uniqueness that attracts and causes us to love one another. Most denominations (not limited to Christian), sects and groups have placed definitions on words and experiences central to the Christian faith almost as a quick reference to God flash cards.

My intention is not to debunk this idea, however I think as much good there is in it, it also becomes dangerous. There is a benefit to put in to lay person terms some of the Christianese terms we throw around. However with new believers classes required for new members in major denominations, the experiences central to our faith are being generalized and predicted as if God has no personal relationship but a standardized prearranged relationship with his creation.

The past Month yeilded no love among some christian communities; controversy surrounding the new Rob Bell book Love Wins and the new Brian Mclaren book Naked Spirituality, I wasn’t suprised, but a little let down with the lack of discussion. My new book An Emerging Spirituality will be a conversation book, with questions and answers about real issues that need to be discussed.

Time to Rethink Christianity

Ive been quoted as saying one of the greatest of injustces is the doors of church. The refugees left on the inside of those doors and all the unspoken pain and hurt they feel. Outside standing those who have been hurt by those inside, those who don’t “fit”, those who just havent reached the standard yet. The doors are closing many in, and shutting many more out.

It is the questions that cloud the mind on both sides of this door, inside questions of faith, history and self are deemed heresy and hipocracy.

Questions outside of life choices, human rights, freedom and examples are declared rebellion and dangerous.

A questions is such an unassuming place to begin, we like to think in our society that there is a definte and absolute answer to every questions asked.

The idea of Spirituality in our modern contemporary world is to see what this means to me, at this moment, in this point in my life. It all starts with you and how this word, these gods, these faiths relate to where you are.

Imagine a group of fiver runners, would it be easier for them all to jump on one guys back; that way they can make sure they all run the same path, the same way, and if they stumble they all stumble together. Yes its community orrianted, but so many flaws lay in this type of thinking.

How much more unvarying would it be to each run next to the other, saying, “hey watch out for that hole coming up on the right. If we fall, one can stop and pick that other one up. We don’t run weary because we only have to figure out the best way for us. The other runners are capible of deciding the best trail for them to take, Because I don’t know where that person is.

The bible speaks of this as working out your own salvation (Phil-2-12) the hebrew word for salvation is bedded in a holistic meaning, it is a contiuious living expericance, not a one time thing.  It is a process not a one time event, or destination. Maybe it’s time to rethink christianity.

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My Desire

My desire is to approach these portions of Scripture, etc in a manner which the Jewish men and women call “Midrash.” Midrash can be defined as an ancient approach to Scripture interpretation that employs imaginative tools such as story, metaphor, argument and wordplay to search out the meaning of the text. It is a hermeneutic that understands that God gave us His Word not just as a text to be studied like a history book or a science text, but it is meant to be interacted with as one would face-to-face with another person. In that thought we search and find, we get to know bits and pieces and something will be revealed.