Justice, or grace?

missions and ministry
“Whenever I would bring a bible home, my father would burn it…” blue sky nine just came off the road doing from a bunch of concerts in correctional institutions in Florida. There are a number of things that make those concerts difficult. One is that, to the correctional officers, our band and equipment represents an entire travelling circus of items that could be potentially made into improvised weapons. Another is that the physical security of the women in our team requires a level of diligence that is, in a word, creepifying. It can be a dangerous place. To me, though, the hardest thing is learning about the events that led up to whatever they did to become incarcerated. We get to talk to the guys a lot before and after…
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‘religion’ vs. ‘relationship’…

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One of my favorite things is when one of my daughters will come and sit on my lap and just hang out. We don’t have to really do anything. Just sit there and be together, and watch Hannah Montana for the 17th time, or talk about their day, or whatever. I love them like crazy - and I hope they know that. Please understand that it is important to me that they are grateful for what I provide for them. It’s important that they show respect for me. And it’s very important that they learn to listen to my voice and obey me. But, those things- obedience, gratitude, respect -they are the products of our relationship. Those things are based on my daughters' understanding of (and trust in) who I…
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