• Sep
    01
    12:00:AM by Reverend Dr. Stephen Melton

    Shame and Grace

    Grace is the beginning of our healing because it offers the one thing we need the most: to be accepted without regard to whether we are acceptable. Grace stands for gift; it is the gift of being accepted before we become acceptable....

    Grace overcomes shame, not by uncovering an overlooked cache of excellence in ourselves but simply accepting us, the whole of us, with no regard to our beauty or our ugliness, our virtue or our vices. We are accepted wholesale....

    When we have ...
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  • Aug
    31
    12:00:AM by Reverend Dr. Stephen Melton

    When God Is Silent

    Too often, I believe, preachers get into the business of giving answers instead of ushering people into the presence of God who may or may not answer. We have somehow fallen into the trap of believing that we are responsible for God’s silence - that is those under our care do not have a sense of God’s presence, then it is because we have failed them somehow.....Who are we, to insert ourselves between God’s silence and those for whom the silence is intended?

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  • Aug
    29
    12:00:AM by Reverend Dr. Stephen Melton
    I do not know anyone who likes to fall. But, on the other hand, this reluctance signals mistrust of the central truth of the Christian gospel: life springs from death, not only at the last but also in the many little deaths along the way. When everything you count on for protection has failed, the Divine Presence does not fail. The hands are still there - not promising to rescue, not promising to intervene - promising only to hold you no matter how far you fall. Ironically, those who try hardest...
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