I’m a husband, father, musician, dreamer, geek, endlessly alternating between running headlong after God one moment and then stumbling around in my own selfishness the next. A man on a journey, I am finding myself more and more aware of – and amazed with – my heavenly Father Who is making His indescribable, extravagant love known to me so deeply. I am a prodigal son, but undoubtedly He is even more a prodigal Father… prodigal in the unconditional love He is willing to lavish on His children.
For nearly two decades I have been employed at a non-denominational church in the central Florida area where I have been worship leader, personal assistant to Pastors, and resident MacGyver. Now that I’ve mentioned that please let this serve as a general disclaimer: The contents of this site are not necessarily the opinions / views / teachings of my church, it’s leadership or members (but most of the time they are probably pretty close).
To me this church is family regardless of my being employed there. They have stuck with me through thick and thin for which I am so grateful. Truthfully I couldn’t appreciate this until fairly recently when I was liberated from 40-something years of suffocating, clinical Christianity into the simple awareness of God’s unconditional love and His eagerness to express it — from orphan mentality to sonship! My story in a nutshell is everyone’s story throughout history…perception is reality. By default we tend to perceive God either as a harsh taskmaster, a disconnected and aloof diety, or some similar distortion. Because of such misguided perceptions, He suffers bad publicity (quite the opposite of Good News) and, I am certain, He experiences the deep ache within as He longs for His children to come home to the incredible feast of love He always intended to enjoy with each one of us.
It is my hope – if you haven’t already – you discover that from His perspective, you are Loved Much. Truly. Madly. Deeply! –Toby