Steve Brown “Don’t Waste Your Sin”

If you’ve followed this blog for any time you already know I’m a huge fan of Steve Brown.  I came across the following quote at the conclusion of his radio broadcast the other week.  It’s about sexual sin, but I think you can broaden it to include whatever it is you struggle with.  Here it is:

Don’t waste your sin.  You can waste anything in the world, but don’t waste your sin.  It’s there to send you to the one who will love you no matter, no matter what.  And that love becomes the definer that’s even greater than your lust.

For the full broadcast head over to Key Life.

Steve Brown on Guilt

“Guilty people make people feel guilty, and you can tell how guilty a person really is by perceiving how guilty you feel in his or her presence…  I fear too often the church has become an organization of guilty people with a guilty preacher standing in the pulpit, telling guilty people that they should feel guiltier.”

Steve Brown “A Scandalous Freedom

Steve Brown Quote

“If God is really a monster, then when bad stuff happens to me, I will become more bound, enslaved, and angry.  If, on the other hand, I understand that God is my Father, that he loves me without reservation, and that he knows exactly what he is doing, I will learn how to live in freedom.  I might get angry at first and shake my fist at him.  I might sputter and resist, but in the end, I will run to him and will (eventually) be able to accept his way in my life, and do so with joy and freedom.”

Steve Brown “Scandalous Freedom

PZ’s Man On the Ceiling and the Christian Message

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This week I want to once again look at Paul Zahl’s latest work “PZ’s Panopticon: an off-the-wall guide to world religion” which is, as I mentioned in my post from last week, a unique; personal; moving; and humorous reflection on world religion from the point of view of one who is near death (“near death” not only in the physical sense, but anytime we’re at the end of our rope).  The central question of the work is what does religion have to offer to the man on the ceiling who is looking at his own body on the operating table?  In other words, what do the religions of the world have to say to you when you really need some light?

Below are some of my favorite insights from Zahl’s reflection on the Christian message.  So, what does Christianity have to offer you when life’s end is near and you are at the end of your rope?  According to Zahl: Continue reading

Being Connected with the Church

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“To be connected with the church is to be associated with scoundrels, warmongers, fakes, child-molesters, murderers, adulterers, and hypocrites of every description.  It also, at the same time, identifies you with saints and the finest persons of heroic soul within every-time, country, race, and gender.  To be a member of the church is to carry the mantle of both the worst sin and the finest heroism of the soul…  because the church always looks exactly as it looked at the crucifixion.  God hung among thieves.”

Ronald Rolheiser, “The Holy Longing” quoted in Steve Brown’s “Three Free Sins.”