You Are Cleansed, Clothed, and Comforted

By: Alex Early on Tuesday January 15, 2019

This is something we say quite often around the Early home now that the Big Dark has settled back in here in Seattle. Yes, the sun goes down at 4:45 and it is completely dark by 5pm. Most days the weather will change from dark grey to a lighter grey, then back to dark grey, then fade to black. Our...

I Still Need You, Jesus

By: Alex Early on Thursday January 3, 2019

That’s something I find myself saying several times throughout each morning, afternoon, and evening. These simple breath-prayers are not merely cognitively acknowledging my place in creation as one who is finite, dependent, and completely “prone to wander.” They’re a confession. I simply...

Who is Christmas For?

By: Alex Early on Thursday December 6, 2018

The birth of the Son of God and his resurrection from the dead is presented in contexts that include a fat man delivering presents via reindeer and a rabbit dropping off processed sugary treats. Dylan was right. ‘The times are a changin.’   I’m not anti-Santa (though his whole...

Yelling at God

By: Alex Early on Tuesday November 6, 2018

The Bible gives us many examples of God’s people laying it all out on the table. The best place to go in Scripture to see examples of this is the Psalms. Look at just these few verses: With my voice I cry out to the Lord; with my voice I plea for mercy to the Lord. I pour out my complaint before...

Brennan Manning Asks 15 Questions to Examine the Conscience

By: Alex Early on Thursday October 4, 2018

I'm slowly reading through Brennan Manning's very first book, Prophets and Lovers: In Search of the Holy Spirit. Like everything he wrote, it is wonderful. I heard him mention these questions in sermons on a number of occasions. Seeing them again this morning... well... they're as...

The Biggest Question and the Boldest Answer

By: Alex Early on Tuesday September 18, 2018

Question: What is your only comfort in life and in death? Before moving on.... just sit with that for a full 60 seconds and think about how you'd answer that.  What... Is... Your... Only... Comfort? Take a deep breath and in what Brennan calls "the bright darkness of faith," look at the...

The Reckless Love of God

By: Alex Early on Tuesday July 31, 2018

The gospel is for those who have been crushed by the weight of legalism. For those who have tried and tried to earn the favor of God by relentless church attendance, diligent Bible studies, unbroken prayer, and tithing. The gospel is for those who have been content to warm themselves by the fire of...

Keep Swimming in the Love of God for You

By: Alex Early on Tuesday July 24, 2018

The love of God is reckless, pervasive, and unstoppable. The love of God knows no limits or boundaries! Thus far, though billions have tried, none have been able to stop the work of God. The love of God is not reserved for just the rich or just the poor. It is not just for straight people,...