Category: God is Love

What’s So Special About Jesus?

What’s So Special About Jesus?

What’s So Special About Jesus (c) 2012 Jon Trott -=- We swim in a billion stories We drown in facts without meaning We thirst for relational love But violent lust is what we’re screening The lights go low on an empty stage The script is missing to the play We ad lib our collective fib Love in the silence we […]

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The Kama Sutra of the Soul (Poetry)

The Kama Sutra of the Soul (Poetry)

The Kama Sutra of the Soul by Jon Trott Here are exact instructions A Kama Sutra of the soul Making love with broken hands You lay me down to make me whole Making love with those ten fingers To the genital of my heart I lie still in desperation Whisper yes so you can start Every nook and every cranny […]

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Come and Follow Jesus – Interview with JPUSA’s Project 12 Discipleship School’s Director Curt Mortimer

Come and Follow Jesus – Interview with JPUSA’s Project 12 Discipleship School’s Director Curt Mortimer

[This interview includes a list of classes which may no longer completely represent our schedule. They do, however, offer a flavor of what Project 12 offers. — jon] *Curt, the name… what in the world does “Project 12″ mean? The word “Project” means centered on goals and the number 12 evokes the twelve disciples. The goals of Project 12 are: […]

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A Joyful Hope: The Second Coming of Jesus

A Joyful Hope: The Second Coming of Jesus

This article, written over twenty years ago, seems to me a direct response to the recent hysteria generated by Harold Camping’s false prophecy’s re Christ’s Return May 21 2011. A JOYFUL HOPE by Jon Trott [from Cornerstone Issue #67] I feel angry. Angry at those who have made the coming return of Jesus into a joke, angry at Christians who […]

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Humility and “Knowing”: Is Having Faith Arrogant?

Humility and “Knowing”: Is Having Faith Arrogant?

Christians like to speak of the “pride” of Atheism. Is faith in God, in and of itself, a sign of intellectual arrogance? That is, in a universe where the one constant seems more and more transparently to be *un*certainty, isn’t faith in God (and thus in capital “T” Truth) a clear-cut case of intellectual overreach? One world-renowned astronomer (Jocelyn Bell […]

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God, Fear, and the Rebel Heart (Obedience, Part One)

God, Fear, and the Rebel Heart (Obedience, Part One)

This article was previously published here, but upon further reflection and discussion with good friends I decided on some renovations…. and don’t promise to add/subtract further! Like me, this topic is one in progress. I am personally in one of those seasons where the earliest lessons of Christian faith require a do-over. Foremost among such lessons? Rediscovering just what it […]

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Whispers (Obedience, Part Two)

Whispers (Obedience, Part Two)

“All the natural movements of the soul are controlled by laws analogous to those of physical gravity. Grace is the only exception. Grace fills empty spaces, but it can only enter where there is a void to receive it, and it is grace itself which makes this void. The imagination is continually at work filling up all the fissures through […]

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God’s Love vs Man’s Righteousness (Obedience, Part Three)

God’s Love vs Man’s Righteousness (Obedience, Part Three)

For part one of these somewhat meandering reflections on obedience, Fear Comes First ; part two, Whispers. More (as I write ‘em) articles in this series, as well as other Devotionals. Love is a terrible thing, especially when that love is God’s Love. God’s Love reveals to us that we are without love. This is the first and most foundational […]

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Tortured by Anxiety (Obedience, Part Four)

Tortured by Anxiety (Obedience, Part Four)

As with the previous portions of this series on obedience or whatever one might choose to call it, what follows is not meant to be a universal teaching. Far, far from it. Take what is useful; toss the rest. “It is so hard to believe because it is so hard to obey.” And “Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.” These […]

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An Odd Advent Meditation: Is Hardness the Prelude to Brokenness?

An Odd Advent Meditation: Is Hardness the Prelude to Brokenness?

I think a lot about the hardness of human hearts. I feel oppressed, depressed, beaten down by the many examples of “man’s inhumanity to man.” I look in the mirror and see someone looking back at me whom I at times do not know. That face doesn’t tell me anything I don’t read into it. Hardness is not always seen […]

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