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Performing “Backside!” At ASU Gather

Peace!

Really excited to share this video of my performance at Arizona State University. Shared a story called “Backside!”

Watch it here!

God nah sleep

Zechariah 10 has been my comfort. A counter to the narrative that faith is anemic in times like these. Some take comfort in criticizing rage and pretend that God can be reduced to a justice less peace. This desire to preserve normalcy, this desire to have one behave one’s self while there are knees on our necks is borne in fear. Fear that your myopic readings of Romans 13 won’t be enough. Fear that you didn’t spend enough time with the prophets. All that book learning and you never took the time to see how much God cares about justice? You look for God in your things. You look for God everywhere but the margins. Where God always is. You speak of reconciliation. You have soothed yourself to sleep with the dream of bringing together. You refuse to acknowledge that reconciliation is the repair of the master-slave dialectic. You want to be woke now. You’ve commodified woke. Prolly will commodify non-commodifying soon enough. But all of it means nothing unless you confess. All of it means nothing unless you admit you are complicit. You cannot be the hero in this story, we already have One. Our hero hears our blood crying from the ground. Our hero weeps. And our hero nah sleep.

Grandma’s Hands

You would have been 95 today.

You would have loved your great grandsons. They have your humor and your courage.

It’s been seven and a half years since you got promoted. I still randomly weep for you.

The tears have become more joyful recently.

I thought about trying to explain to you why I’m vegan now.

I think about how much I wanted to tell you I got in to a doctoral program. Same degree as grandpa.

And whenever I get really upset, and think about how you should still be here (Follett women live long, I’ve been told), I think about how tired you were. How much you’ve earned your rest.

I dreamed you once. You were young and still beautiful. With long ponytails and joy. So much joy. It’s all that comforts me.

I couldn’t call when You were dying

I’ve let my loved ones know

That in the event I’m on a plane

And think that I have arrived

At the end

I won’t make a phone call

No terror, or reminders of love

No semblance of intimacy thousands of feet in the air

No delusions of a life wrapped with a bow

Too dissimilar to death’s scar

The jagged pieces of lives shattered to pretend that we can ever truly be prepared

Earthquakes happen so frequent

We believe it’s man’s machinations

A revelation of Revelations

Or Mother Earth’s menstrual cramps

How regular and majestic

Coupled with threats of tsunami that kept me refreshing the page until the alert fell asleep

I forced myself awake determined not to find Wednesday with news you were no more

I opened WhatsApp to close it

Texted then wiped it away

Impersonal at the very least

And that’s never my intent

So I relearned that inaction is an action

And determined that I’d rather refresh then prepare myself for a final conversation

We’ve been doing so much better!

Rebuilding what never was

Though false alarm

I’m reminded that my instinct is well founded

A monument to catastrophe

How small we are in the face of the ineffable

The point of excellence

bret hart

I’m at a moment in life where I feel inspired daily.

Many pots on the stove, don’t even know what I’m cooking but the process is marvelous.

I want to do all the ministry I’m called to do with excellence. At times I fear my ambition, an unnecessary rival of humility that seeks to stifle the still small voice, but I refuse to deny my purpose.

I want to be great. And I’m not too interested in the fake piety that feigns unawareness.

Who says that I’ve got to be quietly excellent? I’m more than just beating a drum for the love of attention. I am bearing witness that this life I live is a divinely ordered adventure.

It won’t always make sense. I’m well versed in the flow of Hills and valleys. But as the late great Randy Savage so eloquently put it, “the cream will rise to the top.”

Stay encouraged.

Let’s Be Honest

Psalm 5:1-8
1Give ear to my words, O LORD; *
consider my meditation.

 

 

2Hearken to my cry for help, my King and my God, *
for I make my prayer to you.

 

 

3In the morning, LORD, you hear my voice; *
early in the morning I make my appeal and watch for you.

 

 

4For you are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness, *
and evil cannot dwell with you.

 

 

5Braggarts cannot stand in your sight; *
you hate all those who work wickedness.

 

 

6You destroy those who speak lies; *
the bloodthirsty and deceitful, O LORD, you abhor.

 

 

7But as for me, through the greatness of your mercy I willgo into your house; *
I will bow down toward your holy temple in awe of you.

 

 

8Lead me, O LORD, in your righteousness,
because of those who lie in wait for me; *
make your way straight before me.

Observation

This scripture shows how important honesty is to God and why we should value it as well. 

Application

What are others to you? Do you use them as a means to your own ends or are you willing to share the gospel with them by any means?

 

Today’s Prayer

Lord help us to value people the way you value them. Let us not view them as trophies to collect nor as doormats to walk over, let us see You in them and may they see You in us. Lord we thank You for saving us and sparing us from the worst of life’s difficulties. We ask You to strengthen us to overcome adversity so that our very lives proclaim Your goodness and mercy. We thank You for everything You are doing in our lives.

In Jesus’ name,

Amen.

Don’t Front

Luke 7:1-10

After Jesus had finished all his sayings in the hearing of the people, he entered Capernaum. A centurion there had a slave whom he valued highly, and who was ill and close to death. When he heard about Jesus, he sent some Jewish elders to him, asking him to come and heal his slave. When they came to Jesus, they appealed to him earnestly, saying, “He is worthy of having you do this for him, for he loves our people, and it is he who built our synagogue for us.” And Jesus went with them, but when he was not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to say to him, “Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; therefore I did not presume to come to you. But only speak the word, and let my servant be healed. For I also am a man set under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to one, `Go,’ and he goes, and to another, `Come,’ and he comes, and to my slave, `Do this,’ and the slave does it.” When Jesus heard this he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd that followed him, he said, “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.” When those who had been sent returned to the house, they found the slave in good health.

Observation

There is no need to put on a front with God. Be vulnerable with Him. It is safe to let your guard down. God knows your weaknesses already and He cares for you.

Application

Honesty and faith are key ingredients in a healthy prayer life. A critical aspect of humility is acknowledging your lack and trusting in God’s ability to do things that may not even make sense to you.

Today’s Prayer

Dear Lord, help my unbelief. Show me the things in my life that hinder my walk with You and help me to grow closer to You. Show me how to be more honest with You. I want to trust You more and demonstrate my faith every day. Thank You for loving me and saving me from myself.

In Jesus’ name,

Amen.

Don’t Front

Luke 7:1-10

After Jesus had finished all his sayings in the hearing of the people, he entered Capernaum. A centurion there had a slave whom he valued highly, and who was ill and close to death. When he heard about Jesus, he sent some Jewish elders to him, asking him to come and heal his slave. When they came to Jesus, they appealed to him earnestly, saying, “He is worthy of having you do this for him, for he loves our people, and it is he who built our synagogue for us.” And Jesus went with them, but when he was not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to say to him, “Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; therefore I did not presume to come to you. But only speak the word, and let my servant be healed. For I also am a man set under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to one, `Go,’ and he goes, and to another, `Come,’ and he comes, and to my slave, `Do this,’ and the slave does it.” When Jesus heard this he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd that followed him, he said, “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.” When those who had been sent returned to the house, they found the slave in good health.

Observation

There is no need to put on a front with God. Be vulnerable with Him. It is safe to let your guard down. God knows your weaknesses already and He cares for you.

Application

Honesty and faith are key ingredients in a healthy prayer life. A critical aspect of humility is acknowledging your lack and trusting in God’s ability to do things that may not even make sense to you.

Today’s Prayer

Dear Lord, help my unbelief. Show me the things in my life that hinder my walk with You and help me to grow closer to You. Show me how to be more honest with You. I want to trust You more and demonstrate my faith every day. Thank You for loving me and saving me from myself.

In Jesus’ name,

Amen.

Brian Mooney

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