Fellowship of Saints and Sinners

Fellowship of Saints and Sinners

About the Fellowship

 This blog is for anyone who was told that once you invite Jesus into your life, you and your life will never be the  same  again- only to discover that what you were told was simply not true.  Life and the way you looked at it may  have  changed, but your old familiar patterns and ways of relating did not.  Not immediately, at least.  Not even  soon.  In  fact, you found yourself relearning the same lesson over and over again, so that your journey seemed a bit  more like  driving over and over again through the same roundabout while trying to read the signs to your  destination in a  foreign language.  Or, like stopping, then starting, and taking detours here and there. Other times  what you thought  was your point of destination, or at least the scenic route, turned out to be a dead end. 

If this experience resonates with yours, the good news is that you are not alone and you have come to the right place.  I suspect that there is a whole company of saints and sinners out there just like us for whom “conversion” has been a whole lot messier, incomplete and unrefined.  For whom there are days when it seems impossible to believe in a loving God, not to mention act like it.  For whom an experience of “church” has left us wanting and searching for more.  More depth.  More honesty.  More trust and authenticity.  More grappling with real questions.  Without the judgment.  More room for the grays.

Here we can find fellowship together: where I throw out thoughts, reflections, questions, doubts and proclamations, I invite you to join the conversation.  Hence, the term, “fellowship.”  We are a society or community of friends whose common bond is their identity as “saints” and “sinners.”  Who recognize their equality before God.  

Some definitions are in store here.  The term, “saint,” can vary across denominational and  religious lines, but my use here is in its broadest sense: “saints” are those who believe in God’s  love, embodied most clearly in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and are striving  to live into that reality.  ”Sinners” are those who fall short, miss the mark, transgress, break  moral laws, do bad, sometimes evil things and recognize the wretchedness of their sinful condition apart from the saving grace of God.

So this blog is really for anyone, “converted,” “unconverted,” or always “converting,” who seeks God in the messiness of real life.  St. Anselm called it “faith seeking understanding.”  Whatever it is, I would like to think that the journey will never end and that there’s plenty of grace to be had in the journeying itself.

Previous Posts

Are You Opposed to People Owning Guns? Via John Piper
[caption id="attachment_5235" align="alignleft" width="339"] Jim Eliot and 4 other missionaries were killed in Ecuador by Auca Indians. The missionaries had guns but chose to fire them in the air rather than at their attackers who had spears. The Aucas have since embraced Christ in great number.[/ca

posted 11:40:36am Jul. 22, 2014 | read full post »

Mental Health Break— "Sea Song" and Lisa Hannigan
This week the theme of the sea put to music especially touched me as our family grieves the loss of my granddad.  My granddad was a lifelong sailor and lover of the sea, and we will scatter some of his ashes on the sea where he used to command our family's annual regatta from Shelter Island, New Yo

posted 11:16:49am Jul. 18, 2014 | read full post »

"Admiral John": A Granddaughter's Remembrances
It feels a bit like Groundhog Day: wasn't it just a couple months ago that I was sharing a granddaughter's reflections upon the death of a grandparent?  This past Saturday, my granddad John slipped away suddenly to join his late wife Peggy of 68 years who had been his companion until two months ago

posted 11:58:22am Jul. 15, 2014 | read full post »

Hostility Re: My Post on Guns in Georgia—A Lesson
Fellow saints and sinners, it's with some sadness and more fascination that I write after seeing the onslaught of fierce and even violently ad hominem attacks in response to my post from two days ago about Georgia's new gun rights legislation.  From here on out, these sorts of responses won't be to

posted 10:36:22am Jul. 14, 2014 | read full post »

Free Grace Sticks Excerpt
Thanks for bearing with yesterday's

posted 11:30:37am Jul. 11, 2014 | read full post »


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