Making Peace

>> Saturday, March 18, 2006

My brother, who is a Southern Baptist minister came to Steph's and my home today. What took place in the span of about three hours is nothing short of miraculous. Healing, forgiveness, and a chance to begin again, all transpired in our living room.

Monte has been wrestling with God and in that wrestling he got, for the first time, what Jesus meant when he said "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and all your mind, and love others as you love yourself for this is the whole law."

  • It's not about dogma.
  • It's not about correct doctrine.
  • It's not about tradition or what we've always believed to be true.
  • It's about love.
  • It's about relationship.
  • It's about the condition of the heart.
We talked.
We hugged.
We cried.
We asked one another's forgiveness.

We moved on.

He told us about a trilogy that he has just finished reading that helped bring him to this point in his spiritual journey. They're by Brian McLaren, entitled, A New Kind of Christian, The Story We Find Ourselves In, and The Last Word and the Word After That.

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