Category: About Relentless Grace

Posted on: April 22, 2016 Posted by: Richard Comments: 0

What About That Setback?

A friend experienced a setback. A “speed bump” is how he described it. I’d say it was more like a major detour, but either way, things aren’t exactly going his way right now. This is a guy who’s had his share of struggle along the road, and things were starting …

Posted on: January 28, 2016 Posted by: Richard Comments: 0

Not My Job

It’s not my job to manage or control another person. It’s my place to listen, patiently, and try to understand. It’s not my job to tell another person what to do. It’s my place to hear his dilemma and help him clarify the options. It’s not my job to be certain …

Posted on: December 24, 2015 Posted by: Richard Comments: 0

Where’s The Peace On Earth?

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring …

Posted on: November 25, 2015 Posted by: Richard Comments: 4

Thanksgiving

Becky, Monte, and I want to wish each of you a very Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving.

Posted on: November 4, 2015 Posted by: Richard Comments: 1

What I Assume About You…

doesn’t tell me much about you. I’ve bumped into the notion of assumptions a lot lately. Paul Merrill wrote about chairs. Dick Foth talked about categories. And whenever I encounter the same idea a bunch of times, I figure perhaps God’s trying to get my attention. What I assume about …

Posted on: September 11, 2015 Posted by: Richard Comments: 1

All Those Times We Try To Be God

You and I would never try to take God’s place, right? Except I’ve noticed I do it a lot, and I suspect I’m not alone. It’s not on purpose–I don’t have a throne in my back yard or anything like that. It happened most recently when a friend got in …

Posted on: August 27, 2015 Posted by: Richard Comments: 0

Where Did They (We) Go Wrong?

Then the Pharisees went out and laid plans to trap him in his words. (Matthew 22:15) It’s not an isolated incident. Religious leaders were always seeking opportunities to twist Jesus’ words, catch Him breaking a rule–anything to discredit Him and diminish His increasing influence among the people. We’ve read the …

Posted on: August 14, 2015 Posted by: Richard Comments: 0

Why Is The Other Guy So Unreasonable?

It’s awfully easy to say, “You’re wrong. You’re an idiot. You’re a loser.” Not all that useful, though. Shouting at the guy on the other side (who thinks you’re wrong) isn’t likely to close the gap. If your only goal is to sound cool to your own team by belittling …

Posted on: August 7, 2015 Posted by: Richard Comments: 0

Whose Truth Is It?

I believe in absolute truth. I also know humans view truth through the imperfect lens of their own experience. As the picture indicates, it’s impossible to consider truth independent of the perspective of the observer. Truth is a cylinder. From my perspective, it’s a circle. You’re certain it’s a square. I’ve observed …

Posted on: July 30, 2015 Posted by: Richard Comments: 0

A Mile In Their Shoes

“Before you abuse, criticize, and accuse…walk a mile in my shoes.” That’s the advice of a ’70s pop song. Pretty basic–before we judge, it’s a good idea to find out how the other person sees things. A few days ago Presidential candidate Martin O’Malley was booed for saying, “All lives …

Posted on: July 17, 2015 Posted by: Richard Comments: 0

What Do You Do When You’re Angry?

I want to pound the table. I want to shout, throw things, start a fight. I want to fill my social media with angry, sarcastic, indignant reactions. That’s what I  want to do when I see injustice, when the words and acts of others harm innocent bystanders. Human trafficking. Racism. Sexism. Religious …

Posted on: May 14, 2015 Posted by: Richard Comments: 2

The Truth About Truth

The other night we were talking about truth. What’s truth? Can we know it? Is there more than one version? Heady questions, for sure. I’ve been thinking about my ideas in connections with the TEDx Front Range talk I’m doing next month, and I thought I’d share a bit of …