Bill Johnson

Spiritual reminders and reflections on the journey from fear to love.

Tag

Love God

On One Foot

On One Foot A rather eccentric looking young man wearing an old brown suit and holding a small, worn, stickered suitcase walked into the center of the city, spun around a few times in the middle of one of the… Continue Reading →

Accompanied

Simple Sunday Sermons:  Accompanied.
Facebook Live Video

Additional viewing option: Youtube

Love Practically

Simple Sunday Sermons:  Love Practically.
Facebook Live Video

Additional viewing option: Youtube

Incomprehensible

Simple Sunday Sermons: Incomprehensible (Eph. 3:19).
Facebook Live Video

Additional viewing option: Youtube

Let Your God Love You

Let Your God Love You (by Edwina Gateley) Be silent. Be still. Alone. Empty Before your God. Say nothing. Ask nothing. Be silent. Be still. Let your God look upon you. That is all. God knows. God understands. God loves… Continue Reading →

What if God Didn’t Really Need Our Worship?

Simple Sunday Sermons: What if God Didn't Really Need Our Worship?
Facebook Live Video

Additional viewing option: Youtube

You Belong Among the Wildflowers

Simple Sunday Sermons: You Belong Among the Wildflowers
Facebook Live Video

Additional viewing option: Youtube

A Verse That’s Worthy of Your Bathroom Mirror.

Simple Sunday Sermons: A Verse That's Worthy of Your Bathroom Mirror.
Facebook Live Video

Additional viewing option: Youtube

Embraced

Simple Sunday Sermons: Embraced (Deut. 33:27)
Facebook Live Video

Additional viewing option: Youtube

Half Life

Half Life (by Stephen Levine) We walk through half our life as if it were a fever dream barely touching the ground our eyes half open our heart half closed. Not half knowing who we are we watch the ghost… Continue Reading →

Let Down Your Bucket

Let Down Your Bucket.  It seems that there was a party of sailors who were shipwrecked and drifting in the Atlantic Ocean in an open rescue boat. They’d been drifting for several days, had run out of water, and were… Continue Reading →

Unending Love

Unending Love (by Rabbi Rami Shapiro) We are loved by an unending love. We are embraced by arms that find us even when we are hidden from ourselves. We are touched by fingers that soothe us even when we are… Continue Reading →

All Shall Be Well

“All shall be well. For there is a force of love moving through the universe that holds us fast and will never let us go.” Julian of Norwich Beautiful words by a mystic from the 14th century.  In other words… Continue Reading →

Tired of Speaking Sweetly

Tired of Speaking Sweetly (by Hafiz) Love wants to reach out and manhandle us, Break all our teacup talk of God. If you had the courage and Could give the Beloved His choice, some nights, He would just drag you… Continue Reading →

Believe It! And Sing It?!

Simple Sunday Sermons: Believe it! And sing it?! (Romans 5:8) Facebook Live Video

Additional viewing option: Youtube

God Hates No One – Including You

Simple Sunday Sermons: God Hates No One - Including You (1 John 4:8) Facebook Live Video

Additional viewing option: Youtube

Love Cures

“Love cures people – both the ones who give it and the ones who receive it.” Karl Menninger

Love is the Cure – Practicing Kind Love

Simple Sunday Sermons - Love is the Cure: Practicing Kind Love. (1 Cor. 13:4) Facebook Live Video

Additional viewing option: Youtube

Love is the Cure – Practicing Patient Love

Simple Sunday Sermons - Love is the Cure: Practicing Patient Love. (1 Cor. 13:4) Facebook Live Video

Additional viewing option: Youtube

Beams of Love

“And we are put on this earth a little space that we may learn to bear the beams of love.” – WILLIAM BLAKE

The Sweetness of Dogs

The Sweetness of Dogs (by Mary Oliver) What do you say, Percy? I am thinking of sitting out on the sand to watch the moon rise. It’s full tonight. So we go and the moon rises, so beautiful it makes… Continue Reading →

No Condemnation! (Part 2)

Simple Sunday Sermons - No Condemnation! Part 2 (Rom. 7:15-8:1) Facebook Live Video

Additional viewing option: Youtube

No Condemnation! (Part 1)

Simple Sunday Sermons - No Condemnation! Part 1 (John 3:17, John 8:1-11, Rom. 8:1) Facebook Live Video

Additional viewing option: Youtube

Cosmic Grace in a Human Face

Simple Sunday Sermons - Cosmic Grace in a Human Face (John 1, 1 John 1, Gal., Eph., Col.) Facebook Live Video

Additional viewing option: Youtube

The Parable of the Birds

  The Parable of the Birds (Told by Paul Harvey) The man to whom I’m going to introduce you was not a scrooge, he was a kind decent, mostly good man. Generous to his family, upright in his dealings with… Continue Reading →

The Prodigal Son in the Key of F

The Prodigal Son in the Key of F Feeling footloose and frisky, a featherbrained fellow forced his father to fork over his farthings. Fast he flew to foreign fields and frittered his family’s fortune, feasting fabulously with floozies and faithless… Continue Reading →

A Prodigal Christmas Part 3 – Return to Love

Simple Sunday Sermons - A Prodigal Christmas Part 3 - Return to Love (Luke 15:11-32) Facebook Live Video

Additional viewing option: Youtube

A Prodigal Christmas Part 1 – The “Naughty” List???

Simple Sunday Sermons - A Prodigal Christmas Part 1 - The "Naughty" List??? (Luke 15:11-32) Facebook Live Video

Additional viewing option: Youtube

Grace = Acceptance

These words by the theologian Paul Tillich describe grace so beautifully.  And when I read them I feel joyful, relieved, happy, liberated, connected and loved. Grace strikes us when we are in great pain and restlessness. It strikes us when we… Continue Reading →

Scandalous, offensive, disturbing and true – You Are Accepted

Simple Sunday Sermons - Scandalous Grace - You Are Accepted! (Eph. 2:8-9) Facebook Live Video

Additional viewing option: Youtube

Lincoln’s Wisdom About Church (Non)Membership

"When any church will inscribe over its altar, as its sole qualification for membership, the Savior's condensed statement of the substance of both law and Gospel, 'Thou shalt love the lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul and thy neighbor as thyself' that church will I join with all my heart and all my soul." Abraham Lincoln

Maybe somehow and in someway this applies to this election season as well about what is most deeply needed?

Choosing to Dance with Mary

Choosing to Dance with Mary “When I was in the sixth grade I was an all-American. I was smart, athletic, witty, handsome–especially with my Vaselined hair wave sweeping back from my forehead. And I was incredibly nice. Things went downhill fast… Continue Reading →

You are Chosen

Simple Sunday Sermons - You are Chosen. (John 15:16) Facebook Live Video

Additional viewing option: Youtube.

Autumn

Autumn (by Rainer Maria Rilke) The leaves are falling, falling as if from far up, as if orchards were dying high in space. Each leaf falls as if it were motioning “no.” And tonight the heavy earth is falling away… Continue Reading →

Uncle Seamus

Uncle Seamus: In The Wisdom of Tenderness, Brennan Manning tells the story of Edward Farrell, a man who traveled from his hometown of Detroit to visit Ireland, where he would celebrate his uncle’s 80th birthday. Early on the morning of… Continue Reading →

God is Fond of You

Simple Sunday Sermons - God is Fond of You. (Rom. 8:15-16) Facebook Live Video

Additional viewing option: Youtube.

Nothing Can Separate

Simple Sunday Sermons - Nothing Can Separate! (Rom. 8:38-39) Facebook Live Video

Additional viewing option: Youtube.

God is Love

Simple Sunday Sermons - God is Love! (1 John 4:8) Facebook Live Video

Additional viewing option: Youtube.

Akido with Love

Akido with love – The train clanked and rattled through the suburbs of Tokyo on a drowsy spring afternoon. Our car was comparatively empty – a few housewives with their kids, some old folks going shopping. I gazed absently at… Continue Reading →

© 2017 Bill Johnson — Powered by WordPress

Theme by Anders NorenUp ↑