“I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the soil and dies, it remains alone. But its death will produce many new kernels–a plentiful harvest of new lives.” – John 12:24 (NLT)
This blog began as an online journal to chronicle both the death of myself and the new life that somehow emerged.
It has served as a place for me to give voice to the anguish of being human as well as to the frustrations of trying to live my life for Jesus. I’ve written about being worse than I thought, but at the same time, loved more than I could ever imagine–and the deep mystery that lies between.
Within that mystery, I have experienced a God whose deepest longing and divine objective is not to simply have a “relationship” with me, but to bring me into complete union (or oneness) with Himself.
This mystery has both captured my imagination and changed every aspect of my Christian life.
Through a series of circumstances that I could never manufacture, God has given me the opportunity to begin a book project on exploring the concept of our union with God and others called:
“Daybreaking: Awaking To Your Union With God and Others” (as it’s called at the moment).
Wolgemuth and Associates have been gracious in agreeing to representing me and this project. I’m excited about working with Robert and his team (hey Andrew!) on ensuring that this book gets into your hands.
Daybreaking will shed a fresh light on the biblical, theological, and historical understanding of what it means to live in perfect union with God. Made accessible through crazy stories and creative analogies, my prayer is that you will experience a revelatory view of self, God, and His greatest desire for all believers–to awaken us to our union with God the Father, Son, and Spirit.
The book will trace how the protestant church (in particular) lost the language of “union” within her ranks and replaced it with “personal relationship”–which has served to mostly tame and dampen the mystery of our union with Christ and devalue our communal oneness with the entire church (Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox).
While claiming to have a “relationship” with Jesus is NOT heretical or wrong, the book will attempt to gracefully draw the church back to understanding that our relationship with Christ is rooted in our union with Him and recapture the historical language of union within the church today.
Further, my hope is that by awakening to our union with God, it will provide a firm foundation for many of the unity-based movements and conversations happening within the church today. Without an understanding of our union with God, our attempts for unity with one another will be nothing more than emotional and anecdotal in nature and will prove to be temporary at best.
Please know, Daybreaking will not be an angry, the church is stupid, I’m mad at Christians, type book.
It’s an honest assessment of an average guy who did everything he knew to do to have a healthy and growing relationship with Jesus and ended up frustrated and defeated. And of a God who gently came to him in the midst of his confusion and brokenness, held out His hand, and invited him into perfect union with Himself.
Mine was the same experience as Hudson Taylor when he said:
“…this was not new, and yet was to me, I felt as though the first dawning of a glorious day had risen upon me.”
Pray for me as I continue to pray that you will experience a “Daybreaking” moment when you read the book and awaken to your union with God and others.