No Accidental Lives

What great news this is to me! It doesn’t matter how hard of a time we may be having and how much we may doubt that there is any purpose in our life, we can take comfort in this message by John, “there is no such thing as an accidental life.”  He goes on to…

I love this quote! I have been thinking a lot lately about how we, as humans, can’t really understand God, so we put our own human limitations on Him. I’m grateful to those who understand that we do so and who are willing to remind us of this.

It’s a New Book

So, if you’ve been around lately, you will know I haven’t written for a bit and that I didn’t finish reading or reviewing the last book, Messy Grace. I just couldn’t do it. It started off well, but we disagree on many points about the origins of homosexuality and the last chapter I read pushed…

Our Churches

I LOVE this quote! Caleb is right on the money with this one. In one of the FB groups I belong to, the subject of the Gospel came up in relation to how does it fit with all of the other rules and “suggestions” we are given at church.  I’ve actually been pondering this for…

Being Biased and Heartfelt Prayer

I am biased. And it’s not fair to Caleb or his book, Messy Grace. I am having a difficult time pulling quotes to share that more accurately portray his message.  My husband asked me why I would choose this book. Well, I am LDS. I know there is a lot of “anti” liturature out there…

Love Anyway

Caleb’s teaching in chapter three this morning is about sharing your beliefs with those who live opposed to what you believe. The key is the quote above – “It is possible to love others and not agree with areas in which they live their life.” So true!  I can think of hundreds of opinions and…

Standing as a Witness of Love

Caleb talks a lot in the chapter this morning about becoming friends with those we don’t particularly want to be friends with. He doesn’t just single out the LGBTQ community either. He wants us to stand as witnesses of God’s love to all people we come into contact with.  What an easy thing to do….

God’s Love is for Everyone

This chapter of Messy Grace is all about loving people and sharing with them how much God loves them. I cringe when I read this book. Honestly. It is making me think and walk a fine line that feels like a tightrope.  Today though, as I made it through about two-thirds of the chapter, I…

Understanding Messy Grace

Caleb gets right to the heart of his message in chapter two – “if we are going to understand messy grace, then we have to understand how to love people, no matter who they are.” This is the statement that best sums up the chapter. He does tell a portion of his story and shares…

Coming Out at Church

The first chapter in Messy Grace by Caleb Kaltenbach is about the first time he spoke as a pastor about his youth and growing up with a lesbian mother and a gay father (they were married, but came out, and got divorced). It is hard to read about how nervous he was just prior to…