December 10, 2014

2014 News Summary



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Lead Them Home trained the national leadership teams of eleven (11) ministries, including denominations and campus/student ministries. Posture Shift was featured at several prominent conferences including                                             (NYC)                                       National Consultation, and                                   's National Leadership Summit.
Special thanks to                                        and                                               
for generously sharing and expanding our work.

                        Journal featured our work in May 2014.                                            Seminary incorporated Posture Shift into their pastoral psychology curriculum.                                   hosted our gay teen suicide prevention justice seminar, The Church That Saves Lives. Posture Shift was shared via Skype at                            Bible College. We are now providing manuscript feedback for professor                            's upcoming book on homosexuality.

We continued to equip church partners like                      (Boston) and                                                    (Houston). We presented Family Care seminar in Boston and Houston. This seminar helps parents and families build a strong relational witness to LGBTQ loved ones. We experienced high growth in our private consulting of church leaders across America. Finally, we continued to provide ongoing help to dozens of individuals and families.

For 2015, our Posture Shift events include four                                          regional conferences and                                 conference. Our other events will train national and regional ministries in addition to local church leaders all across America. 

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December 7, 2014

12/7: Posture Shift - Lexington

Lead Them Home presented portions of Posture Shift in Lexington (MA) this evening.



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December 6, 2014

The End or a Beginning?

With much talk of rising persecution against Christians, some are forecasting bad times ahead. I have never truly known REAL persecution, so I do not want to minimize how painful that could be. I do, however, want to stress that Christians losing cultural power is a beginning - not an end!

When Christians lose cultural power, we are forced to dig deep roots into our faith and make it real. We find a deeper dependency upon the Holy Spirit. We "cry out" to God like King David did. We discover the peace of humility and surrender. We give up. We "lose our life" but "gain" HIS life in us. And when HE lives more powerfully within us, HE flows more fully and authentically through us. 

When we Christians had cultural power, we did not exactly look like Jesus. We looked like politicians, warriors and Pharisees. We used power as a hammer, rather than laying down our lives for people the way Jesus does. 

When we had power, we were NOT very creative about including people. Funny, because Jesus did that ALL the time. And for centuries, missionaries all over the world have considered it "success" when they included people outside the biblical box. That's what missionaries do. That's what Christ-followers do.

Here is a reality check: we did not notice gay teens being bullied and teased and dying from anti-gay violence and suicide for decades. Those were the decades when we had power. That is REAL pain. Now, I hear evangelicals complaining that people are treating them poorly - calling them names. And we complain about this treatment? We should not be so wimpy. 

If bad times rise in the coming years, let us dive into Jesus. When we abide in Him, we will find His Kingdom forcefully coming on earth as it is in Heaven. The END could always be right around the corner, but until then let these days represent a new beginning...to live out Christ living in us. Amen.

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December 5, 2014

Morality vs. Mercy

There is a morality stream and a mercy stream flowing throughout scripture. Together in balance, the two produce "living streams" that make up the Gospel. When one is pitted against the other, however, the Gospel is out of balance.

Binary streams representing part of God's character can never successfully win against one another. The debate breaks down. People think they are right and others are wrong, but in reality both are right - and both are wrong. In the realm of morality and mercy, God is not just truth: nor is He "only" love. 

God, our Savior and our King, is both-and, 100% love, 100% truth, simultaneously, all the time.  

Here is just one example of a Gospel out-of-balance. When people in the biblical box mistreat people outside the biblical box, even believers holding to moral mandates will begin to abandon those concerns. You see, morality is very important: but so is how we treat people. When we treat others poorly, more people see injustice that demands more mercy.
 
What about the people experiencing the injustice? Yes, they too can abandon morality.  In the pain of injustice, we can fuel people playing the victim. We blame them for doing so very easily, but the reality is that we often "play the victim" about much lesser injustices. We do the same thing.

Sadly, the more that people run beyond biblical morality, the more tempting it is for religious people to "press" the morality button even harder. Instead of fixing anything, it distorts the Gospel even further. We panic over sin. React strongly against people who sin. And they run to sin all the more.

In a strange twist, the very tendency we have to "press" the morality button is the very action that propels many further away from biblical morality. At Lead Them Home, we offer a mercy that resembles the Amazing Grace that we ourselves are partakers of. As we extend this living stream - Jesus Himself - "every person" has a chance to discover an authentic walk before our God.

Living our life before God - rather than as a reaction to religious people - means that we can encounter God not as a binary argument but as He is. Heavenly Father. Savior. Friend. Good Shepherd. Light of the World. But also Master. Lord. In God, there is a truth that will cost every one of us something: and a love that will more than heal the wound of any such cost.

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December 4, 2014

12/4: Posture Shift - China Town

Lead Them Home, following a red-eye flight from Denver, presented portions of Posture Shift with a fellowship group of Asian pastors in the Metro Boston area. The event was held in China Town. Lead Them Home is grateful for the honor to share our ministry with these wonderful church leaders.

 
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