Too often we stage our lives and our churches like a home stager stages a house. Following Jesus is messy but we try to make it look like there is nothing to it. It is tempting to make everything look okay in order to attract people to Jesus. The only problem with this model is, reality will always rear its head no matter how hard we try to make everything look perfect.
It is a feeling deep down in the pit of my stomach. It has been turning for a long time. I have managed to keep it from coming out but I no longer have the energy to fight it. I am not alone. (more…)