The Fly Gospel

A fly is a perfect example of the status quo.  Young or old, a fly doesn’t change, and it remains the same size throughout its adult life.  Even after death, it does not rapidly decompose. Too many followers of Jesus are living a “fly gospel” that produces nice people rather than saints; that stands for convention rather than adventure; that is respectable rather than passionate; that calls for guarded, take-care living rather than heroic, take-risks living; that is more at home with the status quo than with living on the fly.

To drive rich trades at the bank of heaven requires not more work, but more play.
– Leonard Sweet, A Well Played Life
Great book by Sweet. I agree with him that it’s time for a Christian Play Ethic.  God is a Master Artisan and He made us to be so, too.

Out of the Dust… Out of Us.

This song (video below) has been my heartbeat lately. We’ve been playing it as we worship together and since I’m the drummer, the beat gets in my head.  But more than that, it occurred to me this morning (in the shower, ha!) that this theme is my life. When I create something new as an artist, a writer, a photographer — and especially as I see new life being given to us by the Father in the form of our eleven children, I can’t help but marvel that HE makes beautiful things — out of the dust — out of us!

Enjoy! – (Sorry I haven’t blogged in a while. It’s been a crazy summer!  And we had a new baby. And bought a bus. WHY didn’t I tell you about all that? [looks sheepish])