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Kim McLean / Blog

Louisville Here I Come!

I'm on the way to Louisville, KY for the M-11 Conference. Will you be there? The tour kicks off with non-stop weekends until mid-June and a new radio show starting in March. Stay tuned for tour stops and details!

Lousiville Here I Come!

Heading to Louisville, KY for the M-11 conference - will you be there?

Lumps of Sugar

Here is a delightful sentence I read this morning: The painter and the host almost fight because a man breaks lumps of sugar while the gypsy sings. It sounds like someone placed a string of magnetized words across the refrigerator door. I laughed out loud when I read them. The cadence compels me say them out loud. The imagery conjures up a world, and for every picture a thousand more unfold. The painter. I picture an easel, a palette, brushes, an air of otherworld-ness. The host makes me think we are in a café or at a private party. The fight suggests to me they are men, which suggests to me that I have a bias. The gypsy sings and I see the dark countenance, the flowing presence, the bells, joy, sensuality, passion. I hear a melody that moves like lovers and rouges. As for the lumps of sugar, this must be from another place and time, and it must be a noisy process breaking lumps of sugar. I was, of course, reading these words in context, but they still stood out in a particularly nonsensical, I want to go there kind of way. How nice for the gypsy that her music mattered enough that it should not be drowned out by lumps of sugar, though no doubt the near fight was worse still. Ultimately, this sentence today might be: The waitress and the sound man almost fight because a man orders a cappuccino while the song writer performs. Now we are in a bar in Nashville. But the now of the scene above is Paris in the early 1930’s. The writer? It is Anais Nin retelling a fun time to her diary. The words are not made up or even necessarily creative. She simply has a way with words that re-creates the world and keeps it alive. She makes me want to write. Kim

On A Kick by Kim McLean

ON A KICK By Kim McLean

I’m on a kick lately because I think Christianity has gotten a bum rap. Some say it’s about rules. Some say it’s full of hypocrites. Some say it’s about power and money or the political church. Some say it’s just another religion – choose whatever works for you. I say it’s Religion with a capital R. God the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit is Religion with a capital R. Perhaps the unfortunate judgment is created when we, everybody, Christian or not, major on minors. Rules, for example. Not healthy rules, but controlling rules. You know the ones. They make you hide from your Christian friends. You wear a special mask just for them, a mask that is you, just not all of you. My faith is not based on such rules. I have faith, I am a Christian, because I have had an encounter with the God of Love. I have a faith that has been handed down by a cloud of witnesses who have had an encounter, too. I John 1:1-4 says: “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched (ref. John 20)-this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We write this to make our joy complete” Me, too! Seek a Revelation of Jesus Christ. Pray for a revelation of the True and Living God. Ask for God to show you what it’s all about, and you’ll realize that what Jesus said is still true: “Seek and you WILL find.” 11/10/2008

On A Kick by Kim McLean

ON A KICK By Kim McLean

I’m on a kick lately because I think Christianity has gotten a bum rap. Some say it’s about rules. Some say it’s full of hypocrites. Some say it’s about power and money or the political church. Some say it’s just another religion – choose whatever works for you. I say it’s Religion with a capital R. God the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit is Religion with a capital R. Perhaps the unfortunate judgment is created when we, everybody, Christian or not, major on minors. Rules, for example. Not healthy rules, but controlling rules. You know the ones. They make you hide from your Christian friends. You wear a special mask just for them, a mask that is you, just not all of you. My faith is not based on such rules. I have faith, I am a Christian, because I have had an encounter with the God of Love. I have a faith that has been handed down by a cloud of witnesses who have had an encounter, too. I John 1:1-4 says: “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched (ref. John 20)-this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We write this to make our joy complete” Me, too! Seek a Revelation of Jesus Christ. Pray for a revelation of the True and Living God. Ask for God to show you what it’s all about, and you’ll realize that what Jesus said is still true: “Seek and you WILL find.” 11/10/2008

The Rules by Kim McLean

There is a verse in the Bible that is hard to believe. I John 3:9. “No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in him; he CANNOT go on sinning because he has been born of God.” How is this possible? It IS possible, because when we are born of God we begin to take on God’s nature – which is love. To be “born of God” is to make a choice to live by God’s law – which is love. This happens by faith in God, in Jesus Christ. It happens day by day, choice by choice. We believe by faith, we say in our heart, “Thy will be done,” and we become by grace what God is by nature. This is the Christian message. It’s about life. Being fully alive, reaching our greatest potential as human beings in God’s beautiful world. What a picture!! Consider Colossians 3:12-14. “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” And consider Galatians 5:22 where love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control are described by Paul as our new natural inclinations. Some people seem to think that Christianity is full of rules. Yes, it is about rules, but it is the most natural thing in the world to abide by them. Rule number 1: Love God. It’s the best thing you’ll ever do for yourself. Number 2: Love one another. I’m talking about family and friends. Not so hard, right? Rule number 3: Love your enemies. Put forgiveness into the world, into the universe. Now abides faith hope and love – but the greatest of these is LOVE.