An Introduction

This blog’s title, hope-rising, is a reflection on the gospel-truth, that as we continually seek and ask and knock, hope will rise out of the dust and the mess. Though we royally jack things up, though we are so quick to disregard the extraordinary life Jesus has called us to, though we are in such a rush to be comfortable, and though we all are chief-of-sinners, God can still make sense of it all. It’s an assertion that God is still working, and all we need to do is open our eyes to it. And when we do, when we choose to take Jesus at his words, we will see hope rising as the sun bringing light to a world of darkness.

 

For God has given us grace and righteousness through Jesus, and that graces clears the way for an extraordinary life of discipleship. And that indeed is good-news. God has a glorious future in store for the creation, and God has included us in it.

sun risingMy life, over the past few years, has been a divine adventure in pursuing this crazy, radical truth—that Jesus actually meant the things he said. I know it sounds crazy to take Jesus at his word, but I would argue that, as people who seek to follow in his steps, we have no other choice. I am convinced that when Jesus says “Follow me,” he calls us to follow him completely.

I don’t have all the answers. In fact, the more I dive into this life of discipleship, I encounter more questions than I get answers. Sometimes it makes me miss the days of my comfortable religion, when I could simply have someone else do the thinking and working for me. I miss those days sometimes. But I am so grateful for the people who have challenged me to read, think, pray, and live Scripture—to pursue God in this world.

This space will be used for me work out what it means to take Jesus at his word—to believe and live like Jesus actually meant what he said—as God leads me into missional ministry, and into a deeper understanding of what it means to be a disciple in a world surrounded by God’s presence and beauty.

—bms

One Response to An Introduction
  1. Judy McMillan Reply

    Brad,
    You are amazing and inspire me. I am so glad that you are the great example you are not only for our youth but for the adults that love to be around you. I am sure that you and Amanda have a great future doing God’s work that you love so much. Most of all I want to thank you for the example you have been for Dustin. Thank you for being you!!
    Love,
    Judy

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