Monday, April 30, 2012

Gospel Guts

  (1 John 3:17 – pity, compassion)

One of the Greek words
for “passion” is σπλαγχνοις,
transliterated “splagnois”

refers to a rumbling or
disturbance in a person’s belly.
Compassion, then, might be described

as a shared or connected gut-feeling.
It is feeling for another at
the innermost level.

Compassion is the perspective that
effectively lowers our own self-importance
and raises the importance of others,

while accentuating the web
that connects us all.
The aphorism, “No guts, no glory.”

may be a game-changer;
but “No guts (σπλαγχνοις), no gospel.”
is a life-transformer.

© 2012 Todd Jenkins

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

God's Politics

When you think you’re ready to run
for political office,
keep these things in mind:
[a] by definition, constituents are
not just those who make
contributions to your campaign
(or the PAC/corporation that does so),
or vote for you, or are registered voters—
they are all human beings
that live in your jurisdiction
(from the Greek πολιτικός [politicos],
meaning "of, for, or
relating to the people");

[b] the true measure of your success
is less about how much power
and influence you wield,
and more about opportunities
you provide for all men, women,
and children in your jurisdiction
to live with dignity, purpose, and hope;

[c] the narrower your “ears”
(i.e. the less diverse a group of
people to whom you listen),
the greater the chance that your decisions
will harm more people than they help;

[d] appeasing power is much easier
than making decisions to benefit
the most people; the former
creates disintegration, the latter, integrity;

[e] unfortunately, admitting that
you consider/believe these things
will likely make it difficult for you
to be elected; acting on them
while in office will make it
nearly impossible for you to be reelected,
but do it anyway;

[f] Matthew 25:40.

© 2012 Todd Jenkins

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Opening Gospel

Here’s a link to a text-word version of today’s worship from our 8:45 a.m. TouchPoint eclectic worship service. It’s a preach-it-yourself version, so you’ll have to supply some of your own thoughts and connections. I’ve included some mellow guitar instrumentals to assist you.


Saturday, April 21, 2012

Saturday, April 14, 2012


When it absolutely, positively has to be done YOUR way, asking anyone else to help is a charade. Participation in community, whether it is as a couple or in a much larger group (like a church or civic group), requires that you allow others to interpret and apply their own particular experience. You can ASK others to help, but in community and in a volunteer organization you cannot define the parameters of their participation. You can either ask, “Will you help me?” or “Will you do this my way?” but not both. If it has to be done your way, a relationship with others will not be developed by involving them in the process.

© 2012 Todd Jenkins

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Easter Vigil

Watching, waiting, hurting, praying;
no understanding, certainty; hope instead.
Wondering why we should be staying.
Will he be raised from the dead?

Time is indiscernible motion;
feet and arms heavy as lead.
Feels like we have cried an ocean.
Will he be raised from the dead?

Burying heads beneath the covers,
sheet of anguish, quilt of dread.
Hurt even more than that of lovers.
Will he be raised from the dead?

© 2012 Todd Jenkins

Wednesday, April 4, 2012


Whatever else the afterlife is (and wherever and however), I believe it is a place and state of being where all of the fear, all of the failure, all of the pettiness, all of the ignorance, all of the ways we damaged ourselves, hurt others, and hindered the coming of the kingdom are finally made aware to us in crystalline fashion. In that revelation, we are given an opportunity to see and desire God’s purpose. We are free to finally let go of the anxiety and tension of not knowing who we are and what we’re supposed to do and not do, and fully relax, immersing ourselves into God’s deep and rich love. 

© 2012 Todd Jenkins