Lose Yourself – Lessons in Violence and Fury

It may have gone by unnoticed.  You may have seen it and just glossed over it.  If you did, it’s okay.  Men aren’t known for attention to detail.  Just give us the facts, the time and date.  I get it.  But in case you missed it, the slogan for our men’s group is “Furious Grace.  Noble Men.”  If you read “About”, you can find out more about that.

My favorite song-writer, Rich Mullins, wrote a song, “Calling Out Your Name”.  One of my favorite verses ever put to music is found in this great worship song:

“I can feel the earth tremble
Beneath the rumbling of the buffalo hooves
And the fury in the pheasant’s wings
And there’s fury in a pheasant’s wings”

It’s a great song and if you haven’t heard it, you need to. It will change your life.

That’s saying a lot, even for me. I’m given to exaggerations. But the truth is it really will, if you let it. Music has a way of reaching into your soul and lifting it, and maybe even dashing it on the rocks. This song did this to me when I first heard it.  It forced me down to a place where I could view, for the first time, how great God is and how broken I am; that even nature and the lesser animals call out His Name.  Meanwhile I can’t even spend 5 minutes in prayer with Him, let alone 5 minutes of just silence and reflection.

God’s grace carries this type of fury.  It is relentless in love, yes.  But it also cuts deep.  It rips apart and it restores.  But you have to let it happen.  You have to let the violence happen.  You have to smell the powder burn on your skin.  The bullet needs to tear through the flesh.  It’s the only way change and healing can occur in the heart of a man.  His Grace is sufficient, yes.  We love saying things like that, and like,  “I’m just a poor sinner saved by grace”.   Both are true and Biblical statements.  But if you haven’t witnessed God’s word as fury, then you have only bought into the lie that God’s Word is, as Michael Horton puts it, “Moralistic-Therapeutic-Deism”.  

To experience this subtle yet powerful fury, we need to listen. Without attention to detail, we might miss it.  This year will be a year of violence at Granada Man.  This violence will come through the Gospel. 

To find out more, please join us at Eagle & Child this Thursday.  Watch the violence begin to unfold.

“Come away
Throw down
Let it burn
And lose yourself”
– Chagall Guevara, Violent Blue (This song won’t change your life, but I like it.)


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