There are days when I think that God has an
interesting sense of humor.
Today is one of those days.
I am writing in another space today,
where I write today about the very center
of my call as a pastor.
And, in a way, for me,
it all comes down to one question:
What are you going to do with me?
Maybe I'm oversimplifying,
but somehow, I don't think so.
Because if you struggle with the issue of women
in ministry, at some point you're going to
have to do that struggling with a real-life,
flesh and blood, Jesus-loving, Jesus-following human person.
Please click over and see what I mean, okay?
And while you're doing that,
I also want to encourage you to read
She and I are at very different places on this particular journey.
Yet I can honestly say that I love her very much,
I respect her opinion and I welcome her voice.
I trust and I hope that she can say the same about me.
The comment sections at both places are very interesting
and hopeful to me. If we can keep a civil conversation going,
loving each other, even when we land at different places,
then there is indeed real hope for the Kingdom moving forward.
Do you know what I think?
I think that our amazing God is doing some very wonderful things
through the vehicle of the internet.
My friend, Deidra Riggs, is following God's call into the fray by writing and inviting conversation about what it's like to live 'in her brown skin.'
And she has offered grace to all of us awkward speakers, inviting us to share our experiences and our ideas and our points of struggle. My prayer is that the discussion underway at her site and at the various channels at A Deeper Story can be heartfelt, honest, hopeful and welcoming - even when we disagree.
Can I hear an amen??