Demons Among the Stones of the Dead

Prayer of Confession

We confess we cling to the demons we know and wander among the stones of the dead. We bind ourselves to the that which is unhealthy for humanity because we cannot imagine the Beloved Community. Open our spirits, make us willing to let go of the familiarity of the status quo for your kin_dom. Amen.

Assurance of Grace

God dreams so much for each of you, for each of us. Do not be afraid. You do not need the demons. What God is creating for humanity is filled with joy and peace and enough for everyone. This is the Good News. 

Tim strives to share God’s extravagant love for all–no matter what & without strings. Seeking to follow the lure of the Spirit, Tim writes about what it means to be a follower of Jesus in an era where Christianity has come to be associated with hatred and political wedge issues. “Heinous things have been said & done (& still are) in the name of the One who breathed in the Divine,” notes Tim, “but Jesus shows us that God loves extravagantly.” Following the teachings and life of Jesus is about inclusion not exclusion. It is about compassion, grace, and admitting no one has all the answers. It is about responding lovingly to the best of our human ability. It is about people not institutions. It is about social justice. It is about caring for creation. It is about being who we were each created to be. Tim is a former early childhood educator, a runner, a hiker, a devoted husband, father of two adult children and their spouses, and a grandfather of two perfect babies. Tim serves as Lead Pastor of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Albany, Oregon. He writes from home, from the coffee shop, and wherever the trail leads him.

Posted in Confession of Sin & Assurance, Mark, Mark 5, Mark 5:1-20, New Testament

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