Archive for August, 2010

I just finished this book and first of all I want to say I admire his heart and dedication. But….

This book was very hard for me to read. I kept waiting for the “crazy love” to show up.  It seems as if the grandeur of God is what is his main draw. Unfortunately, all it did was point out how I (we) really need to be scared of God. I am not saying that being in the presence of the Almighty will not produce fear in me at first but I do believe that the good news is that God is not upset toward us anymore. I believe there is much to be said on having a healthy fear of God but what I saw in this book seemed as if fear was the motivation for at least part of his actions.

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love. We love because he first loved us.

1 john 4:18-19 nrsv

The main thing that bothered me is that I believe most people who are motivated by fear will eventually give up and stop trying. On the flip side the more we realize just how crazy God’s love for us is then we will be truly motivated.

Jesus came to really show us the true heart of the Father and to accept the punishment due us as well as enter into our shame and experience the effects of sin firsthand. He wants us to know we are reconciled to God if we will just believe it and join the party.

For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. This is the wonderful message he has given us to tell others. 2 cor 5:19 NLT

I was just expecting more about how God’s love is completely crazy and makes no sense (humanly speaking).  The book would’ve made a good book if it had a different title. It just felt like a bait and switch.  Lastly, I don’t think Francis Chan is completely off the mark on everything in the book just different then what I expected but I am sure there are those that God will touch through it. I know  He did me by causing me to talk with Him about the challenges I had with the book.


Addictted to the screen

Sheesh!!! I am always online, facebook or watching tv. Okay, not always but a bit too much!

What do I want from these mediums! I am convinced it is all counterfeit!!!!!

Life is not in front of a screen. I hope I can find the strength to stop a bit more often. I think I’ll start now! 🙂

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