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Ronnie McBrayer

Ronnie McBrayer is a storyteller, a scribbler and a seeker, and the author of "Leaving Religion, Following Jesus," plus several other books. He writes and speaks about life, faith, and Christ-centered spirituality. Visit his website at

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The Preacher: Religious Rules And Hard Hearts
Ronnie McBrayer remembers harsh words spoken by a preacher with a hard heart - all fire and brimstone, but no compassion - and he doesn't accept them.
05:10 Aug 19, 2014 PST
God is No Imaginary Wizard
This God is no imaginary Wizard. He is a compassionate, loving, heart-sick parent who refused to keep his distance from us, who decided he would no longer allow his name or his reputation to be misrepresented
14:01 Aug 12, 2014 PST
What a Wonderful World
Ronnie McBrayer writes about the beginning and the end of music in America, Louis Armstrong, the man who wanted to give the Wonderful World a chance.
02:04 Aug 5, 2014 PST
Let Go... Or Be Dragged
Incredible strength, patience, and stamina are needed to match a horse. But sometimes, as the proverb goes, the breaker can become the broken.
11:09 Jul 29, 2014 PST
Hitting The Road: Millions Take to The Great American Highway
Ronnie McBrayer says hitting the road is not religion, it is the true way to live. And while love is often a road less traveled, it is the worthiest of journeys.
14:16 Jul 23, 2014 PST
Suffering Vital in Maturation Process
Ronnie McBrayer says when we avoid suffering at all cost, we fail to see it costs us everything, for if we cannot tolerate anything, we never become people of faith, character, or maturity.
15:20 Jul 17, 2014 PST
Religion Mix With Political Power Leads to Disaster
Not long after these events played themselves out across our cable television news shows, Roy Moore's Ten Commandments monument went on tour.
14:02 Jul 8, 2014 PST
Losing Oneself for Christ
The short of it is this: We are un-crucified (if such a word exists). For when the nails of Providence painfully pierce our self-centeredness, we choose to jump down from our crucifixion.
08:04 Jul 3, 2014 PST
Faith Sustains Us
Here is mature faith: It is far more than a cheerful outcome contrived within our imaginations, or a happily ever after post-scripted to every story we tell.
06:45 Jun 25, 2014 PST
God as Father of Love and Safety
What comes to their mind when they think about God is not a beneficent image. And while they can speak of God as 'Creator,' 'Lord,' even 'Mother,' the idea of Father is associated with far too much pain to be useful. So let me be clear that th
16:31 Jun 20, 2014 PST
Love of God is 'Good News' For All
Before we breathe a word about the gospel or good news, we should be properly prepared. What is the proper preparation? Well, it's not about having all the theological answers...
05:33 Jun 12, 2014 PST
Chosen and Cherished
They are loved. They are chosen. They are cherished - and they were cherished long before they were even conscious of such emotion.
06:48 Jun 6, 2014 PST
On Loving The 'Unlovable'
No, the unlovable are everywhere, and they are fairly normal people, not sinister monsters who challenge our capacity to love. Bosses, coworkers, in-laws; your rival on the field, in the boardroom, or in the marketplace; your ex-spouse.
07:25 May 29, 2014 PST
Serving Jesus Through Helping Others
He is a refugee in Sudan, an exile from Syria, a war orphan in Bagdad or Baltimore. He is a humble textile mill worker trying to stay ahead of the bill collectors while keeping food in his children's bellies and a roof over their heads.
12:19 May 20, 2014 PST
Living a Fruitful Life
That obituary, written in the vibrant language of the time, captures her simple faith so well. It reads, 'Ola professed a hope in Christ in August 1901 and joined the Baptist church at Antioch.
08:07 May 18, 2014 PST
Growing Old With Faith
So it is with people. When you see a person of character, stability, authenticity, and strength in an otherwise desolate landscape, you know that something life-giving is beneath the surface,
11:16 May 11, 2014 PST
God Comes for The Weak and Vulnerble
God comes in the weak, the vulnerable and in a condition he calls, 'the least of these.' Look for God there, and help him for he is your neighbor. Pigs flying or not, we have no other choice.
04:57 May 5, 2014 PST
Love Changes The World
For all of Christianity's theoretical words and defenses, the Apostle John was simple and winsome with his definition of God: 'God is love,' John said.
12:53 Apr 30, 2014 PST
Jesus' Resurrection Speaks of Hope for The World and for Future
With 30 million people waiting and watching to see mysteries solved and questions answered, the vault was opened revealing nothing - unless you consider an empty gin bottle to be of historical importance.
05:09 Apr 25, 2014 PST
Fear Is Sand in Machinery of Life
We have been given the power to face each uncertain day; the love to overcome the hatred and bitterness that surround us; and self-discipline when everything else seems so out of control; for our security is not dependent upon the strength of our mi
08:12 Apr 23, 2014 PST
Palm Sunday Marks The Beginning of Jesus' Passion
In parts of Europe - particularly in the countries of Poland, Ukraine, and Lithuania - Christians bring their branches to church on Palm Sunday, though they do not carry palms.
16:57 Apr 19, 2014 PST
Nobody Can Be Great At Everything
In the business world this is known as the Peter Principle, named after Lawrence J. Peter. People will tend to be promoted until they reach their level of incompetence, said Dr. Peter.
16:14 Apr 8, 2014 PST
Christians Must Treat Everyone Like Family
The church could learn a few things from the Nick family. Their success is not the result of clever marketing, pumping thousands of dollars into publicity campaigns, or arguing that their food is better than some competitor down the street.
11:42 Apr 5, 2014 PST
Pushing Through The Pain and Let Go
What the Bible calls 'trials and tribulations' accumulate too. Gradually, imperceptibly at first, the flakes fall silently down. A setback here. A disappointment there. A protracted illness.
04:37 Apr 2, 2014 PST
The Scars of Forgiveness
Consider Christ himself. With the central act of God's loving grace, Christians believe that Jesus died on a cross and was resurrected from the dead, bringing life and forgiveness to all. But even the risen Jesus has scars.
11:44 Mar 24, 2014 PST
End of The World as We Know It
The year was 387. The place was Kilpatrick in ancient Scotland. Their names were Calpurnius and Conchessa, Roman citizens living at the edge of the Roman Empire. These young Britons were gifted with a new born son. They named him Maewyn.
18:15 Mar 17, 2014 PST
Forgetting The Past and Letting Go
Can we really forget the past? No. Painful memories, bad choices we have made, ways we have been harmed or harmed others, the heartbreaking losses of offense and betrayal - none of these can be changed.
19:09 Mar 12, 2014 PST
God Rewards Diligent Seekers of Christ
Notes, homework assignments, flyers from the book fair, old report cards: All this scrap and crap is hanging out everywhere. I wish they were more organized. I wish they would take the time to clean up themselves and their notebooks.
10:46 Mar 11, 2014 PST
What Is Wrong With The World?
The burglary itself could have been much worse I suppose. My family and I have lived in the same small town for years now. It is the kind of town where everyone knows everyone, people look after each other's kids, and when your neighbor waves 'hel
16:21 Mar 5, 2014 PST
Faith Grows By Learning to Trust
Simply put, I don't have faith like Marta because I've never had to employ such faith. My life, though not without its challenges, by comparison has been quite comfortable, and comfort does not grow faith.
18:02 Mar 4, 2014 PST
Christ Came to Love and Redeem The Untouchables and Forgotten
According to the script, Hal wasn't immediately killed in the accident, but he was badly injured. The first responders who initially swarmed the scene took his vitals, gave him a once-over, tagged him, and left him to theoretically die where he lay
05:05 Feb 28, 2014 PST
Are Churches Now Driven By Self-Indulgence and Vanity?
Terence Mann, James Earl Jones' character in 'Field of Dreams,' may have captured the sentiment best. Standing in that enchanted cornfield turned baseball diamond, he says, 'They'll walk out to the bleachers
13:42 Feb 26, 2014 PST
God Really Wants to Help, Fight, and Love Us
What if we give God a chance to be our friend and 'ever present help in time of trouble'? Yes, God is good, even when life is not.
19:18 Feb 23, 2014 PST
God Leads a Conspiracy of Patience in Our Life
The child for which you prayed is the product of much more than a single sexual act. He or she contains the genetic material of your ancestors going back thousands of years.
13:42 Feb 19, 2014 PST
Bible Offers a Doorway to Experience Christ
Might you look deeper and read closer, for the Bible is a powerful thing, enlivened by God's Spirit and constructed by divine affection. It is Cupid's Arrow pointing us to the love of God in Christ.
18:24 Feb 11, 2014 PST
Spiritual Awakening is God's Work
So a 'revival' is something deeply meaningful and intangible that the people pray for, and it is also a traditional ceremony placed on the congregational calendar.
20:19 Feb 8, 2014 PST
Standing Boldly in The Sun With Jesus
And then the refrain that Seger screams into the microphone, a refrain about himself as a younger man: 'Like a rock, I was strong as I could be; like a rock, nothin' ever got to me; like a rock, I was something to see; like a rock.'
10:00 Feb 4, 2014 PST
Take It Slow and Enjoy The Moment
Honestly, it had been nearly a decade since I last climbed this particular mountain, and I had forgotten just how steep the trail was. I should have remembered when I saw the marker at the trail head.
09:25 Feb 2, 2014 PST
God Knows What is Best for Us
Every 'Amen' becomes an argument to convince ourselves, over and over again, that God knows us best and knows what is best for us. And speaking of 'God knows,' God knows we tend to argue with ourselves, don't we?
13:39 Jan 29, 2014 PST
'Ain't No Damn Preacher'
As this went on for the next five minutes a knot began forming in my stomach. I'm no prude and cursing doesn't bother me too much. Growing up in the country I learned that farming animals and diesel engines only work when properly dosed
14:00 Jan 25, 2014 PST
You Will Be Free
The slaves were assisted by people known as 'conductors' who transported their precious cargo by clandestine means, all the dangerous miles to freedom.
18:26 Jan 21, 2014 PST
Spiritual Renaissance
Ronnie McBrayer says the most skillful artist is not necessarily the one with the best thoughts or ideas, the biggest public platform or the one who is a mass of pure talent.
09:20 Jan 18, 2014 PST
Is God's Grace Really a Safety Net?
So, is this grace? When we slip and fall will we actually be rescued by a soft landing in the catching, loving hands of God? Is God's grace really a safety net? Yes, that seems to be the exact answer from the Scriptures and human experience.
04:03 Jan 15, 2014 PST
Speak Clearly
Mahatma Gandhi was a man that the world - including the Christian universe of which I am a part - could learn a great deal from.
07:55 Jan 9, 2014 PST
Faith Works Like a Personal Computer
Ronnie McBrayer says there are computer viruses and faith viruses and they have something in common, but don't trash your computer or faith yet...
05:06 Jan 6, 2014 PST
The Future Matters Most
The hymnal has incredible value for collectors, and those collectors were salivating to sink their teeth into this ancient book. Thus, when Sotheby's auctioned the hymnal last month,
03:24 Jan 2, 2014 PST
Love Will Win The Day
Love has been the inspiration for more songs and sonnets than you can shake a stick at. But, strangely enough, for all of its power, love is not always the first emotion we think of during the holidays. 'Joy to the World,' 'Peace on Earth,' 'O
19:12 Dec 21, 2013 PST
The Truths About Three Kings of Orient Unveiled
Tradition says that there were three kings, some traditions mention twelve, and over time they were even given names: Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar.
04:18 Dec 13, 2013 PST
Some Christians Find 'Church' Unhelpful
They are people of generosity and integrity. They worship their God and cling to Christ.
22:13 Nov 25, 2013 PST
Grace of God Prevails When Under Fire
His most prominent work, 'The Cotton Patch Gospel' is a masterpiece of New Testament interpretation, and Koinonia eventually birthed the organization now known as Habitat for Humanity which has partnered with those in need
15:48 Nov 15, 2013 PST
Let Your Soul Catch Up
Ronnie McBrayer urges us to think about rest, and what it really means, because our crazy-busy life is harmful to us, and we need to restore our life balance.
17:04 Sep 3, 2013 PST
Jesus Repairs The Broken Places of Our Lives
So the excavation has begun in earnest, and will continue for the foreseeable future. For years now I have lived in the Florida sand and never had a problem with frozen pipes. Never.
07:07 Apr 12, 2013 PST
What's So Amazing About 'Regrets'?
What does God want to do with our regrets? He does not want them to be the end of us. Where we fall, and a part of us dies, that is where God can bring new life to flourish and grow - life like we never thought possible.
08:53 Dec 27, 2012 PST
The World Needs a Real, Unconditional, Healing Love of God
God loves us, not because we are good; not because we are loveable; not because of what we can do for him or for others; and not because of the way we make him feel. He loves us because he is actually, truly, really that good.
07:02 Dec 17, 2012 PST
New Life After a Storm
David Garrett, who has been called the David Beckham of classical music, was playing with the London Philharmonic before he was ten years old.
11:32 Dec 14, 2012 PST
Love Conquers All in Streets of Berlin
They believe in Love, and the eternal truth that love conquers all, in the human heart, in the streets of Berlin, and eventually this world, when the kingdoms of earth are transformed and renewed into the kingdom of God.
06:51 Dec 7, 2012 PST
More Than Having it All
The human heart needs something to pursue. To chase after the higher and better, to possess that for which we long and love is a crucial part of our nature.
18:41 Dec 1, 2012 PST
No Status-Striving in The Ways of God
The Carmelites certainly lent themselves to her pursuit. The Carmelites demanded strict obedience, continuous prayers, long periods of fasting and silence, vows of isolation and poverty, and overall a severe approach to spirituality.
08:10 Nov 27, 2012 PST
Love Produces Thanksgiving
It keeps going and keeps us going. It endures forever, and for that, we are forever grateful. We are not alone. We are not abandoned. We are not forgotten. God is with us. We are loved.
04:58 Nov 20, 2012 PST
Twenty Years From Right Now
Is twenty years really a lifetime? No, it's not the 77.7 years of average US life expectancy, but when you are young it is a long time. Twenty years is time enough to complete your primary, secondary, and advanced education.
12:26 Nov 19, 2012 PST
Religous People Work Very Hard for God
It's been my experience that we religious people work very hard, often killing ourselves for God, spiritually, emotionally, and physically. Why? I believe it is because we do not believe that God is love or that he really loves us.
12:01 Nov 13, 2012 PST
Taking a Truly Compassionate Approach Matters Most
People were getting off of the airport shuttles in droves, wearing everything from Mardi Gras beads and rainbow wigs to pinstripe suits and night gowns.
08:22 Nov 9, 2012 PST
Help With the Missing Pieces
I love puzzles. Crosswords, brainteasers, and search-a-words to be sure, but nothing beats an old fashioned jigsaw puzzle with about gazillion pieces spilling out of the box.
13:09 Nov 6, 2012 PST
Some Things Are Better Left Alone
The rattlesnake was very old, yet, there was enough life left in the serpent to speak to the young Cherokee: 'Please,' he said, 'take me to the top of the mountain. I hope to see the sunset one last time before I die.'
11:10 Nov 5, 2012 PST
Humans Must Thrive in Community, Not in Dogged Isolation
Yet, this heresy is alive and well, even in our houses of worship. Places that should be blossoming gardens of communion and family-ship are rampant with the weeds of stubborn, self-reliance, and spit-in-the-wind individuality.
08:53 Nov 5, 2012 PST
Is God Heaven's Booger Man?
But we cannot make the Booger Man of our imagination reconcile with the God revealed to us in Jesus Christ. For Jesus did not come to condemn us or frighten us with rules and retribution. He came to give us a better way to live.
07:07 Nov 4, 2012 PST
Why Living a Simple Life Matters
It has to be simpler than this. Maybe we can trade in our locomotive for a bicycle. We can't go as fast, and we can't carry as much baggage, but maybe that is exactly the point.
08:43 Nov 2, 2012 PST
Finding Balance in Hustle and Bustle of Life
So we are on this always-turning-merry-go-round where happily she launches out to quarry each week's garage sales, and I am perpetually, and sometimes bitterly, cleaning out our own garage.
05:59 Oct 31, 2012 PST
For The Long Haul
I didn't like this sort of exhortation. I was, after all, a teenager being told how big a sinner I was, but didn't feel like I had gotten to sin very much yet. I hadn't got to do much of anything!
13:11 Oct 29, 2012 PST
Is The Gospel a 'Get-Out-Of-Jail-Free' Card?
Now, hold your fire (and your fiery emails); I'm not saying there are no pearly gates or that there is no heavenly dimension to the gospel. I'm just saying there is more to it than that.
10:01 Oct 25, 2012 PST
Is God Re-Creating The World?
What if it were possible for us to travel back in time some hundred or so years? What if we could do that, and upon meeting our not so distant ancestors, we said to them, 'We are here to reveal the future!
20:03 Oct 24, 2012 PST
Good All The Time
Personally, I don't appreciate very much of this unsolicited counsel (I don't know many who do). Yes, when we need advice we should seek it, and we should all bend listening ears to those people we genuinely trust and respect.
05:02 Oct 23, 2012 PST
Why Do The Godly Suffer?
Our faith informs us that one day God will set all things right. He will exercise complete justice and mercy, and the 'knowledge of the Lord will fill the earth like the waters cover the sea.'
07:47 Oct 22, 2012 PST
Aren't We All Brothers and Sisters?
All three are brothers. Our two oldest children are only six months apart. It has been the equivalent of raising twins, but the two couldn't be more different.
07:59 Oct 21, 2012 PST
Taking a 'Stand' Really Matters
I used to own one of these checklists. It was well-worn and dog-eared from being pulled from my pocket to hold up against others.
17:30 Oct 16, 2012 PST
How Love and Service Works
Stepping off of the sidewalk; tipping a hat in respect; visiting a little, poor, sick black boy in a slum hospital; handing over a few worn books to a hungry reader: Who knew what an impact these small acts of kindness would have on our world?
07:52 Oct 16, 2012 PST
Change is Inevitable
Our move is a migration of several hundred miles to be closer to aging parents/grandparents. They need a little more help these days, and we are happy to lend a hand.
12:28 Oct 13, 2012 PST
Why Won't Some People Go to Church?
Imagine you are seated in church on Sunday morning. It is your church, the one you have attended for many years. It is a good Sunday as far as worship services go. You were tempted to play golf or sleep in, but there you are as faithful as ever.
07:39 Oct 12, 2012 PST
God Offers Grace Best!
We all fail. We all disappoint. We all have moments - sometimes multiple moments - when the crowd peddles by us. And we sit there exhausted, used up, in over our heads. In those moments Christ comes to us.
05:29 Oct 11, 2012 PST
Keep Your Shirt On; God Will Speak
God doesn't really talk to people, does he? And those mystical types who routinely say things like, 'God spoke to me' or 'I heard God say,' are we to take them seriously, or should they be scheduled for a mental health examination?
04:50 Oct 10, 2012 PST
God's Grace Fills Emptiness of The Hearts
It is no wonder that Jesus said, 'God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him.' He said this, not to glorify poverty, but to show that the only receptacle for God's grace is a vacant human heart.
09:18 Oct 9, 2012 PST
Is 'Entire Bible' The Foundation of Faith?
Once after having a similar discussion, a listener came to me with the news that I had to believe everything in the Bible - the entire corpus of the church's theology - to become a Christian. So I asked this dear person a question: 'When did you c
09:42 Oct 8, 2012 PST
We Can't Forget, but We Can Forgive
The answer to this pain is not in the forgetting. The answer is in the forgiving. I don't use the word 'forgiving' or 'forgiveness' glibly, because forgiveness isn't easy.
06:39 Oct 7, 2012 PST
Jesus Came to Earth to Initiate a Way of Life
Jesus came to initiate a way of life, a new way to live, that knocks the props out from beneath everything else we have ever known.
10:06 Oct 5, 2012 PST
Church Must Be a Place of Welcome
This welcome is far more substantial than saying 'hello,' shaking hands, or sharing coffee and doughnuts in the fellowship hall (another questionable description of a church building).
08:45 Oct 3, 2012 PST
'Family' is a Messy Business
The truth is, 'family' is a messy business, and it doesn't really matter much whose family it is. They are all dysfunctional - all of them - and the dysfunction is measured only by degrees.
09:05 Oct 2, 2012 PST
God Has a 'Yes' Face
Another traveler - one on foot - watched this group navigate the waters. Finally, needing to get to the other side himself, this man asked the President to take him across. Jefferson quickly agreed and the two made it safely to the other side.
08:34 Oct 1, 2012 PST
Football Becoming a Religion in United States
Why? Well, there are timeouts to be taken, consultations on the sidelines that stop the clock, instant replay reviews by the officials, and of course the huddle.
06:18 Sep 29, 2012 PST
Don't Define Your Neighbor...Love Them
A religious leader came to Jesus with a question. 'If loving God and loving my neighbor is the totality of religious and spiritual requirement, then tell me Jesus, who is my neighbor?'
14:47 Sep 28, 2012 PST
Christians Becoming Spiritually Obese
To lament that you can't get spiritually 'fed' is like complaining of starvation while standing in line at the all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet. We're not hungry. We aren't getting rid of what we have been given.
07:53 Sep 27, 2012 PST
Why Kim Il-Sung Turned Away From Christ?
The 'Great Leader' answered that question with these words: 'Many people believed that they would go to Heaven...and Jesus would save them from their misery on Earth; faith in Christ would give them a better life...
04:56 Sep 25, 2012 PST
An Apple Pie Can Change The World
This poor woman looked at him, dumbstruck. To relieve the tension she turned to his wife: 'What about you, dear? Would you join me for church next week?'
07:23 Sep 21, 2012 PST
Bible is Like Healing Physician That Encourages Us to Be Better
The examination, the lab results, the endless questionnaires, the rubber-gloved poking and prodding: These all have a way of pointing to the truth of how the patient has lived his or her life.
11:14 Sep 18, 2012 PST
Sometimes Life Throws Us Bigger Projects Than Anticipated
Sometime in the distant past a water leak - undisclosed by the previous owners and undiscovered by the home inspectors - had rotted the bathroom floor. When I started painting, I discovered it.
04:46 Sep 17, 2012 PST
Some Fears Aren't All They are Cracked Up to Be
The power we have been given and the love we have been shown flows from the Providence who is larger than our fears, and when we live in Him, nothing can shake us.
14:37 Sep 14, 2012 PST
Love and Music: Use It or Lose It
See, the top five world record prices paid for any musical instrument are for Stradivarius violins. For example, in 2006, Christie's auctioned a Stradivarius called 'The Hammer' for a record $3.5 million.
07:46 Sep 13, 2012 PST
Never Point a Finger At Those You Consider Sinners
I left that Hollywood church thinking that it would have been better to give the revival budget to this biker's ministry rather than spending it on some flamboyant evangelist with a bouffant hair-do and expensive cuff links.
05:17 Sep 11, 2012 PST
Love in a Grocery Bag
When I was a child my family lived hand to mouth. We were loved and we were cared for, but the cupboards were often bare. We ate a lot of Hamburger Helper in those days, with only the Helper.
08:48 Sep 7, 2012 PST
Forgiveness a Miracle Performed By God Himself
Some concepts are almost impossible to define; words like hope, love, happiness, or faith. And while these are terms we are all familiar with - we use these words every day - we sometimes struggle to say what they really mean.
05:14 Sep 4, 2012 PST
Jesus Never Said 'Be Religious!' But Simply 'Follow Me'
With our religious tendencies most of us approach our problems (and problems in our world) with this same eagerness and ignorance. We disassemble everything, knowing that something is seriously wrong.
14:00 Aug 31, 2012 PST
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