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Chris Kratzer is a husband, father, pastor, author, and speaker. Captured by the pure Gospel of God’s Grace, his focus is communicating the message of wholeness, equality, affirmation, and the beauty of Jesus particularly as it relates to life, culture, and church.

As a pastor of 22 years, he enjoys being a husband, father of four children, writer, and spiritual encourager.

Chris hopes these writings bless you and looks forward to conversation and relationship building with you.

All are welcome at the table.

Grace is brave. Be brave.

chrisamykratzer@gmail.com

 

21 Comments

  1. Hi Chris,

    I assume you are Chris Kratzer. I just read what you wrote about Christians bullying those of us who belong to the LGBTQ community. I was born in 1951 and am myself a feminist, humanist lesbian Christian and I love Jesus and his Mother deeply because even when others have abandoned me, they never have. I thank you for challenging conservative Christians to love as Jesus loved/loves.
    Blessings of peace and joy to you and your lovely family

  2. Hi Chris,
    Thank you for being a voice to we LGBT folks who are believers in the power of grace and love that Jesus taught and extends to us. Having worked in churches, your insights are spot on. Keep sharing grace, brother.

    Warm regards,
    Stacie

  3. Chris, your article is very good. Having read what you have to say about Evangelical Christianity, I see where you are coming from. And I like it. There is one issue that needs to be dealt with. Under grace, the law has been superceded. That should mean, that under grace, there is no condemnation related to homosexuality. So far so good. Paul though clearly announces homosexuality as a sin. For what it’s worth, I have homosexual friends, although I find their tastes bizarre. They are precisely friends, because I refuse to judge. In my time, I have met “homosexuals” who have become heterosexual after a meeting with Jesus. i have no clue what to do with this, except absolutely to refuse judgement. on my own part. Lying, adultery and stealing are easier to deal with within our current cultural mores, because I suppose somewhere inside we, and our lawmakers can identify with these things. I did not find Jesus. He confronted me. Otherwise, I would still be an atheist. The grace of God, visited with me in Jesus . I am no exception. We are all EQUAL before God. Full STOP. His grace IS universal. In the face of this, it may seem false to say that “there is work to do”. There IS though a huge amount to do. Face to face with God one (at least myself), realises that there is no hiding place at all. So, as I am, a sinner, my job, is to live differently. Trouble is, it is not really a job , because I am madly and totally in love with Him. My guess is that when we stop long enough to listen what is going on within us, we all taste, and experience this “mad love”. When this happens, the world starts to make sense.

  4. Hello Chris,

    Thank you for taking the time to write your articles. Your wisdom and insight is something to be admired and appreciated.

    Today is a particularly hard day for me due to some very hard personal events in my life. But a friend posted one of your articles on Facebook and after reading it I was compelled to leave you a heartfelt “thank you”.

    I am 38 and married to my wife. Previously I was married to a man and have 4 children from him. I was born into a very legalistic “Christian” family. We come from Europe where Christians of protestant faith were persecuted. So understand the deep desire of my family to want to defend their faith. However, I do not allow that to be an excuse for hate. I no longer speak to them and allowing God to resolve their issues with who God made me, as I no longer see that add an issue. I have accepted who I am, God’s beautiful creation. I have accepted that God does not need to heal me as I prayed for it most of my life, because I am not sick or broken. I am exactly as God wanted me to be.

    My children’s father is using faith to keep the children from me. He had brainwashed the older two and they have renounced me as their Mother. Recently, my 11 year old took on their attitude and declared he will not visit with me no matter what the court papers say. It is a matter of time before my 9 year old succumbs to their manipulation and I lose her too.

    Please pray for me. Your articles are very encouraging. Unfortunately I feel faith slipping at times when the pain of losing my children is too unbearable.

    Thank you for your support for the LGBTQ community. May God bless you and your family with all that you need and more.

    • ckratzer

      April 25, 2016 at 12:11 pm

      Beatten, thank you so much for your comments and encouragement. Let’s connect further if we can, so want to hear more about your story and help you in any way I can. ckratzer@ymail.com

    • BeattenDown, I don’t know if this reply will ever get to you, but I happened to see your comment and it was really encouraging reading a story similar to mine. I really hope and pray your children come back to you.

      I’m still married to a man, but feel everything crumbling the more I grow, and I know there are better things for my life if I just have the courage to break out. I have been desperate to talk to people who know what it’s like being closeted by the church and all the confusion of growing up indoctrinated with evangelical gender norms. If you ever feel inclined, please drop me a line. hlizmallory@gmail.com

  5. Chris. Your last post touched a cord. You’ve put into words exactly what I think and have felt for many years now…but…you have to start saying more positive stuff. What does your ministry as pastor look like? How are you reaching out? What part are you playing to fix this? We can’t just be against something, we have to be pro something. Grace, love…

    • ckratzer

      October 9, 2016 at 12:30 pm

      Gavin, I would encourage you to read through the articles in my blog, there are so many “positive” ones. Further more, what may see like a negatively themed article to some, are completely healing, encouraging, and freeing to others. You might be surprised how often that is the case. I don’t awas write to change minds, but to be a voice that lets the bullied know that are valuable, heard, and have one who will go with and for them!

  6. Love and acceptance of all people. That is what Jesus taught, that is what we as his followers should be doing. Loving and accepting does not always mean total agreement, does not mean we will live in harmony with everyone all our lives, yet we can accept and respect one another in our differences with the love of God. It is sad that so many christians are known more for their judgment and condemnation rather than for following the example and words of Jesus to love God and love one another. Thank you for your message of grace to all people.

  7. Chris, thank you so much for writing this. There are many of us that grew up within the greater EC that are voicing truth from within. We are not welcomed for it. There are some bright shining stars still amongst the darkness. Thank you for shining some light and truth.

    • ckratzer

      March 30, 2017 at 7:12 pm

      Amen Jewel, I am so deeply grateful for your courage, it’s an honor to be brave along side you and many others. Shine on!

  8. Tita Santini

    May 1, 2017 at 5:40 pm

    Dear Chris, I don’t want to alarm you by saying this, but ARE YOU A PROPHET? Cuz, I think you are. It scares me to say that. When I read your posts I hear myself saying aloud: “WOW!” I can hardly believe what I’m reading, because it feels like it’s coming from deep inside of me! And, I’m no prophet! I left the box church 22 years ago. I was not in a good place, I was sinning. The Mt. Everest of sinning. I couldn’t sit still in a church pew and listen to all that I was not. AND, I knew that if I confessed my Mt. Everest, THEY, these loving fellow Christians would skewer me. They had mole hills of sins, smoothed out and corrected. No such thing as Mt. Everest sins. So I hid, then I ran from all that boxed up pressure of judgement. I started walking in the woods. George MacDonald wrote that nature is “deaf and dumb”. It was and it wasn’t. I was not judged. I was not pointed out as flawed, I just was. It gave me peace. But, I felt guilty still. My family still attended the church. It was lonely. And then, over time, it became a calming refuge.
    When I read your words, it feels almost painful and so unbelievable. Can I be enough? Really. I am loved just as I am (Thank you Mr. Rogers). Just the way I am? I am enough. It hurts my very soul. I want to cry. Let it soak in.
    From outer space, there is no distinction between Mt. Everest and a mole hill. They are all equalized. We are the same. I am no better than anyone.
    I am on earth now, but feel my soul is embraced by a different perspective, it eliminates from a core of love. I am humbled.
    I got through those dark years, with no Christian comforting me, scolding me, rebuking me, praying for me, etc. I slowly woke up to the light. I’m healthy and doing my best. Thank you.

    • ckratzer

      May 1, 2017 at 6:20 pm

      Tita, thank you for such a profound comment and for sharing a bit of your story! Would you be willing to also share this same comment in the comment section of my article, “The Conservative Christianity That Is Killing You”? I think it would really bless the readers of that article.

  9. I don’t know who you are but reading this writing of yours made me feel like you were reading my mind!!! I’ve tried to express what I know now and feel, but just couldn’t put it into words! You said it for me – perfectly! I grew up with the jumbo package: Pentecostal, charismatic, born again, New Age, etc. But through it all I kept getting to just follow Jesus and His loving acceptance of everyone! I couldn’t explain what I knew in my heart – that it was just all about loving others. Period. I’m now 80 yrs old and I know what I know. And you are so right on!!! Thank you for putting it into words for me.
    Love and blessings, my brother
    Bobbie

    • ckratzer

      May 20, 2017 at 10:04 pm

      Bobbie, thanks so much for sharing your journey. I am honored to walk this journey of faith with you! Thank you so much for reading and taking the time to comment. I am encouraged by you!

  10. Jayce Stevens

    June 13, 2017 at 6:47 pm

    Activist mommy, needs to let this sink in
    She is the appitomy of a judgemental, snide, blind, arrogant “conservative christian”

  11. Hi Chris –
    Kudos to you for your piece calling out the evils of Conservative Evangelical Christianity. It sounded like a ‘John the Baptist’ moment to me. I’ve tried to share wherever I have been able.

    Keep preaching it brother. It’s the only way we transform our understanding of our religion and it’s purpose for Humanity. It has become more and more apparent that this renewal is imperative.

    God be with you in your ministry. Thank you for having the courage to tackle the tough realities with grace and elegance .

    • ckratzer

      August 19, 2017 at 3:15 pm

      Doug, thank you so much for taking the time to read my work and share such an encouraging comment as this! I hope we can stay connected, would sure love to know of your story and stay in touch as we walk this path.

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