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Raw Theology at Be Loved

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The Be Loved Community is full of surprisingly raw theology. Rev. Amy Cantrell founded and leads the ministry that feeds hundreds of people each week at a small house near downtown Asheville, North Carolina. I was thankful for the invitation to be in such a space. Though I delivered a sermon, I felt like it was the people who preached to me.

 

One of the dear brothers in the group leaned over and whispered to me, “If it smells like shit, tastes like shit and feels like shit…then it is probably shit.” I was reminded that God gives us the ability to smell, taste and feel for a purpose. If we want to keep out of the shit, we have to trust our senses.

 

The Queen Mother of the group overheard someone complaining about the lack of meat in the meal and she responded, “The only meat I’m concerned about is meeting Jesus.” In the face of so many distractions, we have to remember to keep our minds on the ultimate things.

 

Pastor Amy let it rip and shouted out, “There are no barriers to God. The less walls you create the closer you are to God.” Too often, we try to manage souls. We all have unlimited access to God.

 

You keep out of the shit by trusting your senses.

 

The ultimate things deserve our ultimate attention.

 

There are no barriers to God.

 

Thank you Be Loved.

 

Amen.

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