Jesus is Crazy!

Stone Cross

Sometimes, I think Jesus is summed up best in one word…crazy! If you really watch him, listen to what he teaches and apply it to your life, you might agree with me. This man is nuts! Consider for a second one of his more famous teachings:

“Don’t resist an evil person!

If you are slapped on the right check, turn the other, too.

If you are ordered to court and your shirt is taken from you, give your coat, too.

If a soldier demands that you carry his gear for a mile, carry it two miles.

Give to those who ask, and don’t turn away from those who want to borrow.”

What was he thinking? Does he really understand what he’s asking us to do? What are the end results of a life like this? Do I really have to allow myself to be beat up to follow Jesus? Do I really have to freely give my stuff away, without resistance — even more — does he really expect me to give more than what they are trying to take from me or to serve more than what is being required by a person in authority over me? Do I really have to live this way?

That’s what’s amazing about the way of Jesus! It doesn’t make any sense from the perspective of self-preservation. But that’s just it. That’s the complete wrong perspective.

Jesus has invited us to follow him, which means that we live life like him. That we watch how he talked…how he interacted with people…how he touched the untouchable…how he loved the disgraced…how he accepted the prostitute…how he forgave those who were intent on killing him. We stand at the shadow of the cross and hear his words echoing, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves take up their cross and follow me.” And from that vantage point, all rebuttals that Jesus was just talking rhetorically disappear.

Here is a radical God that is recklessly demonstrating the depth of love he has for us. It’s a love that transforms us to the very core. So much so, that it becomes who we are. It becomes what we offer. Radical, recklessly loving people (click here to be taken to

And at this point, we stop asking, “Does he really want me to do this?” and we begin asking, “Who is the next person I can share this with?” And this sharing is so much less about what we say…it’s about who we are. It’s about being willing to die so someone else might live!

Yeah, this is crazy – but what a beautiful way to live!

(click book image to be taken to the Reckless Pursuit Book website)



Not So Dirty Laundry

The clothes line.

It’s a picture that has been almost completely erased in our contemporary world. We live in a microwavable society and we don’t have time to wait for the wind to dry our clothes. We have instant access to nearly everything. If you want to know how tall Dirk Nowitzki is or even how to spell his name, just Google it (he’s 7′ tall by the way). If you want to know exactly how much longer before your kids get home, just text them. If you want to get the seven-day forecast or find out the latest breaking news in the world or sports, just hit the “News & Weather” app on your phone. I don’t need to go on. You know how small our world has gotten and how instantly everything comes to us. Even this blog is an example of this.

I love much of this new era we are in. Staying connected to so many more people. Not having to watch the news but knowing what’s going on in the world. Not getting lost everytime I go somewhere new. But is there a price that we pay for this?

Sometimes I long for the simple and less convenient. For moments of walking around with a cup of coffee in my hand, knowing that it will be another hour before my next task can be attempted, much less completed. Time to breathe. Time to think. Time to connect one on one with someone – not through a computer or in a text message but face to face. Where I can see the light in their eyes and the smirk on their face. But too many times, this is missed.

We have so much opportunity for relationship in front of us and so often we settle for less. We share a polite, “How’s it going?” in passing or send someone a “poke” on facebook or add them as a friend but still find ourselves isolated and unknown. It is too easy for us to hurry from one important event to the next, forgetting the people the event is really about. And we accept surface relationships as normal.

But…we were made for more! We were created to love and be loved deeply. To be known at every level and loved anyway – even in spite of the stuff we wish wasn’t there. We are shown a picture of this from the Father, as he takes our dirty laundry and incredibly makes it fresh again. And as he hangs it up dry, our shame of what once covered our stuff is now gone!

I can look you in the eye and tell you of the old stains in my life with a smile on my face, having no thought of embarrassment because it’s not there anymore. When this is done, authentic relationship is developed, love is shared and the Father is made known. And when we hit a bump in the road and the coffee flies all over us, we can draw from this relationship and point back at the clothes line. A reminder of the newness given by the Father in the past and the promise of what’s available to us now.

So bring on the coffee and the conversation (click here to be taken to Let’s share this life together. Don’t worry about the spills, I know a good cleaner!


Reckless Pursuit

I have never enjoyed running, although I have done it in some form for most of my life. It is sort of required to play the sports I love. But I have never really understood running for the sake of running. My thought is, “Why go through the trouble if there is no greater reward waiting at the end?”

A year and a half ago, I led Journey Christian Community in Waco, TX through a teaching series entitled, “Yahweh’s Story (click here to be taken to” It is an amazing story full of unbelievable love and indescribable heartache. It is the story that we all find ourselves in — but it is not our story. It’s the Father’s!

Since the very beginning of this story, our Father has been after us. He has been pursuing us with reckless abandon. And we run. We follow the pattern of so many who have come before us and we run. We run because we are afraid. We run because we are ashamed. We run because we believe that something out there will ease our hearts.

If only we would slow down long enough to take a look at the one chasing after us. We would see the face of a Father whose heart is breaking. We would hear the tenderness of his voice, pleading, “It’s OK! Come, let me hold you. You are my precious one.” You see, the Father is not in pursuit to accuse and destroy. In fact, quite the opposite! He pursues because he loves you radically and he will continue in his chase until the last chapter of his story is written.

I, like most of us, am a runner. But I have been caught by the Father and have been overcome by his love for me. I still run but most days it is toward him.

This blog and its posts are dedicated to discovering the Father’s pursuit of our hearts and the incredible life given to us as we live recklessly in his love.

Reckless Pursuit: God’s Story of Relentless Love



Reckless Pursuit Released!


It’s finally here!

Reckless Pursuit: God’s Story of Relentless Love (click on this link to be taken to has finally arrived. This website will give you show you everything you need. You’ll be treated to:

> a video trailer

> a short description of the book (taken from the content on the back cover)

> an “About the Author” page and

> a “Where to Buy It” link!

That link will take you directly to Reckless Pursuit‘s purchase page on Lulu publishing’s website. You will be able to order the book directly from this site. It will cost $12.99, plus shipping & handling. Once you order it, you can expect to have it in your hands in about a week (2-3 days to print & 2-3 days to ship).

*Special Note for Journey Christian Community – At Journey, we will be using Reckless Pursuit for our “Journey of Faith Series” in October. If you are in at Journey Group, you will be given a copy of the book at no charge to you (Journey will purchase it for you – as our blessing to you).

Jump in! Check out the website, take a look at the trailer and consider grabbing a copy of Reckless Pursuit. Then, get back to me. I’d love to hear from you!


1 Day and a Request…


1 day left until Reckless Pursuit: God’s Story of Relentless Love  (click here for the book’s website) is released!

August 19th – you will be able to purchase an initial copy directly from the publisher about six weeks before it hits Amazon.

Until then…I have one request of you for tomorrow, when the release comes out…


If you have followed this blog and are looking forward to getting a copy of Reckless Pursuit in your hands, then share tomorrow’s post! It will announce Reckless Pursuit in a big way. There will be a link to the book’s website with all the info you will need:

> A video trailer

> An explanation of the book from the back cover

> An “About the Author” page

> A link back to this blog and

> A “Where to Buy It” link that will take you directly to Reckless Pursuit’s purchase page on the publisher’s website

If you are on Facebook or Twitter, grab tomorrow’s post and share it with as many people as possible. Invite your friends to join you in reading this story. Yahweh’s story. A story of relentless love that just might change your life.

You need to know – you are our publicity strategy. In order for the word to get out and for people to be touched by God’s love through this project, it depends on you. On you joining us on this amazing journey. On you recklessly sharing this incredible story with your friends!

So…will be you be “reckless sharer?”

Come back tomorrow and get the word out!



2 Days and 4 Parts…


2 days left until Reckless Pursuit: God’s Story of Relentless Love  (click here for the book’s website) is released!

August 19th – you will be able to purchase an initial copy directly from the publisher about six weeks before it hits Amazon.

Until then…here’s a quick look at the content you will encounter as you dive into the story of Reckless Pursuit:

Introduction: Are You Hungry?

Part 1 (pgs 6-13)

HOW IT COULD HAVE BEEN                                           

  1. It’s Really Good

Part 2 (pgs 14-23)

HOW WE ENDED UP HERE                                                          

  1. You Did What?

Part 3 (pgs 24-49)


  1. Don’t Ask Me
  2. How ‘Bout A Do Over?
  3. I’m Confused
  4. Can I Ask You A Question?

Part 4 (pgs 50-95)


  1. I’ve Got A Surprise For You
  2. Would You Like To Choose?
  3. You Won’t Believe This
  4. Are You Still There?
  5. That’s Incredible
  6. What’s Your Name?

Afterword: Reckless Presence & Provision (pgs 96-97)

Appendix A: The Reckless Challenges (pgs 98-105)

Appendix B: Study/Discussion Guides (pgs 106-117)

About The Author (pg 118)

Notes (pg 119)



3 Days and Intro…


3 days left until Reckless Pursuit: God’s Story of Relentless Love (click here for the book’s website) is released!

August 19th – you will be able to purchase an initial copy directly from the publisher about six weeks before it hits Amazon.

Until then…here’s the introduction as it appears in Reckless Pursuit:



“Babe, do you need to eat?” she asks in a probing tone. I know this question and I hate what it means. I respond to my wife, trying my best not to show my irritation, “Yeah, I guess so.”

It’s a scenario that has played itself out over and over through the sixteen plus years Kristen and I have been married. We’re out running errands or tackling one of our countless remodel projects and the hours begin to get away from us. As they do, without me knowing it, my body uses up all the energy I had stored from breakfast and my mood begins to change. I get quiet and distant, and yes, I have to admit…a bit edgy. This process used to create a great deal of conflict between us. I would snap at Kristen, she would fire back and in a matter of seconds, a beautiful day would become defined with struggle. However, over the years, Kristen has learned to help us avoid this. She has learned to recognize the look I get on my face and the subtle change of tone in my voice. She has come to acknowledge that my change in mood is not about her or what she has done. She simply needs to feed me. And when she does, we’ll be good to go for several more hours. I am not proud of this little personality flaw. In fact, I would love to change this about myself but it is who I am. What I am so thankful for is that I have a wife who truly knows me and who patiently loves me.

You see, no one knows me like Kristen. She knows when I’m getting hungry, even before I do. She knows what I need and how to go about taking care of me without adding to the chaos. She knows how to read my face, my body language and most of all my heart. This goes so much deeper than my occasional struggle with needing food. My wife skillfully applies her knowledge of me in just about every aspect of our lives together. In fact, she knows me so well that I have come to realize it is extremely difficult for me to hide anything from her. For this, I am blessed!

Living this way with someone, being completely known and loved even in my faults, is an amazing gift. One that is not missed by me. I realize this kind of reckless love is rare in our world. Considering this makes me wonder what life without this deep knowing would be like.

How tragic it would be if you asked Kristen what it’s like to be married to me and instead of describing my heart, she rattled off the following, “Well, he’s six foot four inches tall, he weighs one hundred ninety-five pounds, he has hazel eyes, dark brown hair and for the last decade has worn a goatee.” In view of your question, this answer from my wife would seem ridiculous. You might laugh and say, “No, really. What’s he like?” In response, what if she just looked at you with an inability to tell you anything else? What would you think of our relationship? How worried for our future would you be?

Too often, this is our approach to knowing God. We reduce him down to a series of facts, figures, names, dates and organized theological truths. As a result, the person of God is diminished and his heart is lost. He becomes nothing more than information on a spreadsheet. He is turned into an object we occasionally pray to but he is distant and removed. He becomes more of an idea than someone we know.

This is one of the tragedies of religion. In our attempts to understand and explain God, we end up drawing a box for him to live in. We try to describe his nature and often end up with a terribly lopsided picture, focusing on our particular favorite attribute. For some it’s grace and love; for others it’s justice and mercy; and for others it’s holiness and judgment. In response, we argue over what’s really important and what is fundamentally core to the nature of God. We script arguments and draw lines in the sand. We point fingers and accuse each other, all in the name of God. The sad reality of all this, is it is possible to know an encyclopedia of information about God and yet never actually encounter him.

This is the difference between knowing about God and knowing your Father. It is the difference between a religious connection to him and the personal, intimate relationship that occurs between us when we truly come to know his heart. You see, this is why we were created. To know and be known by our God. To live in a deep relationship of love with him, our gracious Father. To miss this is to miss him completely. When we find ourselves in this kind of relationship with him, we will find ourselves in the midst of the most amazing courtship this world has ever known.

Knowing God — I mean really knowing God — changes everything. It changes the way we see ourselves, the value we place on other people, the priorities we live in and the beauty we find in nature. Knowing God increases the joy we are able to live in, allowing us to delight in even the little blessings of our Father.

If you ever get the chance to ask Kristen about me, she’ll grin and begin telling you stories. She will tell you about the unique circumstances surrounding how we met in my parent’s kitchen. She will tell you about the three unsuccessful attempts at a first date and then you will hear how much of a dork she thought I was after our second date. She will tell you about our fairly quick courtship and about the back porch proposal. Then, as the two of you settle into the meat of the story, you will hear of unbelievable moments that will make you laugh so hard that you think you’re going to cry and events that actually do make your heart weep. You see, my wife knows me. She really knows me. And for her to tell you about me, she will tell you my story as it has been lived by her.

This is the task of scripture. To tell us the story of God, as lived by us, the love of his life. I believe this is why so much of the Bible is packaged in story form. It is the people of God, through the Spirit of God, telling us about the love of God. It is his story, uncovering his heart, his passions and his priorities. As this story unfolds, we find ourselves in the center of it, not because we are the stars of the story but because we are his relational priority. We are his love interest, so much so that his story cannot be told without us.

What is heartbreaking is that so often, our role in the story of God is that of a resistant lover. A lover who denies her pursuer and in so doing, denies her own heart the joy she was created for. And yet, God continues to pursue. An amazing man of God, named Landon Saunders, puts it this way, “All of history can be summed up in this: A radical God, recklessly pursuing a rebellious people.”

Reckless Pursuit. This is the story we find ourselves in. It is Yahweh’s story. It is a story of radical, relentless love.

In the following pages, you will encounter a retelling of this story. It is not the entire narrative, nor is it intended to be. It is simply an attempt to make the story of God accessible. In the pages to come, we will seek to discover the heart of God and watch his undying love weave our history together.

As you experience the story of Yahweh, allow this discussion to call your heart to know — truly know your God. Dive into his story not as a casual observer but as an active participant, continually asking the following two questions:

  1. What is God’s heart in this story?
  2. How can I express his heart in the world around me?

The task of this book is to clear the way for the first question to be answered, while opening the door for you to begin to discover how to address the second. Have these questions in mind before you read and consciously deal with the answer to them at the conclusion of each chapter. Allow your heart to break when God’s heart breaks and to rejoice when his rejoices! Then ask yourself, “Where have I seen this heart of God expressed in the world around me?” Even more, “How can I better represent this heart to a world who has largely forgotten the true Father?” The end result of this process will change everything. Your one true love will reshape your heart and you will find your story perpetuating the greatest love of all time.