Simply Told

A while back I read a quote:

People did not want to hear about simple things. They wanted to hear about great things – simply told. (Jane Addams)

So, my brother and I started Simply Told.

While it’s not entirely focused on churches, the local church as an organization is a big part of why we launched this endeavor. I appreciate the local church. I grew up in the local church. But I’m not the first to say that many local churches have lost touch. I even wonder sometimes about the more popular local churches and their connection to the community. It’s easy to over analyze things. Trust me, I make a habit of it.

I just wonder sometimes. It seems we think the community is becoming more distant from us – for whatever reason – but I think it may be the other way around. I think the local church is becoming more distant from the community. I don’t place all the blame with the local church. Technology and society seem to change at light speed compared to the days of my youth. It’s no wonder there is so much confusion about what to do and how to be relatable.*

That’s where Simply Told comes in. I don’t think we’re your traditional church types. And we’ve partnered with non-profits unaffiliated with a religious organization. If you need assistance or know of someone who does, give us a shout.

*Note that I didn’t say relevant. Just as I’m only romantic when my wife says I’m romantic, your organization is deemed relevant when those you serve declare your relevance. Your job is to be relatable. To open doors. To set the stage for relevance.

The Next Trip is….

You can track us here but you’ll need an account, I think, to do so. We’re also on Instagram as brianholaway, trixiegirl74 and noahholaway.

Here’s the tentative plan.

Allons-y! (England) on Roadtrippers

Orlando

Here are thoughts to consider when attempting to grasp the tragedy in Orlando.

The Bible – the book that we Christians say we follow – says God is love (1 John 4:7-12). That verse doesn’t say God likes love. It doesn’t say he approves of love. He actually is love. So when one man loves another, my Bible tells me that actually is God.

When my gay friends love, they participate in the same thing I do when I love. That is the God I believe in: the one of grace. The one that is love. And when we (whether gay or straight) love we are born of God. That is our scripture and that should be our message. Instead we have twisted our own scripture to assist in breeding an arrogant culture of hate under the guise of reaching “the lost”.

I’d like to see that end. Grace should rule above all else, for that is what makes everything possible, anyway. Under grace, nothing is ever really lost. Under grace, our church visions and efforts go beyond their elementary thoughts and actions because the mission changes from condemnation (often subtle, but condemnation nonetheless) to love. It is possible. Together we can offer hope, participate in one love, give grace where there is none. That is the message of Jesus.