Welcome to

Through The Cracks Ministries

No one Lights a lamp and hides it in a jar or puts it under a bed. Instead He puts it on a stand, so that those that come in can see the light. --Jesus (Luke. 8:16 NIV)
But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all surpassing power is from God and not from us. --Paul(2Cor. 4:7 NIV)


Purpose of Website
and Why I've started this work

Randy Constan

God's love covers everything! If you have sought or are seeking God and yet have found organized religion to be a continual hindrance, You have come to the right place!! It is my goal to share God's awesome Love and unending commitment toward all those who seek Him, help YOU to trust Him, and trust him more than you ever did before! (Don't like the 'Him' reference, 'Her' is fine if you prefer. God doesn't care).

But please keep in mind that what I am encouraging here has everything to do with your personal relationship with God, and almost nothing to do with religion. As an organized body of believers religion can do wonderful things, and certainly has always done so in areas such as humanitarian outreach. But far too many people are falling through the cracks in Christian ministry and fellowship, and the reasons could fill several books! Christian religion earnestly tries to draw people to God, but sadly convinces many people they're better off running away. And when you consider that according to Jesus this is supposed to be a faith based on inclusion of everyone (John 6:37), this is beyond unacceptable. Even the multitudes that have experienced God's wonderful presence in their lives are often discouraged, beaten up, and convinced to give up on God entirely, all because of Christian religious teachings and methodology. In fact if there is a devil at work in the world today, it is a sad but irrefutable observation that religion may be one of his greatest tools. And perhaps the biggest travesty of all is that the purveyors of this situation seldom even recognize themselves as the cause. Invariably they also claim to "hate" religion and just don't see that they themselves are part of the problem! Here are just some of the many ways people fall through the cracks:

  • God brings about miraculous healings all the time and it is a joyous occasion when such miracles happen, but those that do not receive such healings are often mistreated to the point of exclusion. Like "Job's counselors", people accuse or assume wrongdoing or lack of faith as the reason for their plight. Then to add insult to injury, they are taught that they are calling God a liar if they confess that they are still sick. Eventually they leave. In like manner, wonderful teachings on the many "moves of the spirit" are plentiful. Yet those that do not experience certain supernatural events or experience God in exactly the same way are quietly ignored, and again assumed to be at fault.

  • The immature and intolerant handling of many issues related to sexuality and human relationships is appalling. Divorced believers, especially those that re-marry, are often frowned upon. In some cases the church will not even welcome the new partner, as if to force a choice between an intolerant congregation or a loving spouse. Women or men who circumvent their traditional gender roles in any manner, in or out of church, are often considered everything from rebels to perverts. A whole spectrum of people whose gender identity or sexual preferences are outside the comfort zone of religion are routinely ostracized, and every conceivable effort is made to make them unwelcome. The unspoken hope is that they will simply go away, and in most cases they do. In others, they are strongly encouraged to leave, or even ordered to stay away.

  • The Bible tells us to give according to our own consciences (2 Cor.9:7) and to refrain from bragging about our giving (Matt 6:2). Yet a convenient fund raising doctrine of mandatory "tithing" compels members to commit specific amounts as a "legal obligation", and routinely asks members to "testify" about their doing so. Such churches often disallow membership or any tangible involvement in church ministries until this requirement is fulfilled. The motive is too obvious to require explanation, and the results are destructive both to believers and the church's reputation in the world they wish to reach.

  • Believers are encouraged to study the bible for themselves and seek God's guidance. But if after doing so, they arrive at a different understanding, revelation, or interpretation that goes against some "status quo" teaching, they are considered a backslider, rebellious, or maybe not even a "true believer".

The list goes on and on, leaving huge portions of believers to feel that they have literally fallen through the cracks in the religious system. Meanwhile the church merrily ends up seeing itself as "purified" with all their undesirables gone. God has promised to never leave or forsake his children, no matter who else does (Ps.27:2   Heb.13:6), but the problem is not God. It is simple human pride and prejudice hiding behind the masks of justification and religion!

Common Sense Christianity!

I said that my goal here is to share God's Love. Let's start with the basic assumption that actions done in love are those done with someone's growth and well being as the motivator (self love also qualifies). M Scott Peck, in his now famous book "The Road Less Traveled" described Love that way, and I believe it is in agreement with both biblical and gut level definitions. So if we believe that God indeed loves us, we can at least be sure as we seek Him for the things we need and deal with in this life, whether spiritual or material, He will not let us down (Matt.6:31‑33). Common sense also tells us if God didn't love us enough to see us through anything that came our way in this life, that would not be love at all. Jesus warned us that in this world we would have tribulation (John 16:33), and tribulation often means dealing with problems and issues that don't always simply "go away". Some problems and tribulations are our own making, and others without a known origin (except to those who claim to know everything, of course). But regardless of how or why problems, concerns, or issues come about, our job then as fellow Christians... indeed as fellow human beings, is to offer acceptance, comfort, encouragement, and help to brothers and sisters undergoing such trials. Unfortunately, Christians often choose judgment instead, driving those most in need of fellowship away.

So yes, it is high time for some common sense Christianity, and you'll hear me use that phrase quite a bit. The bible does warn against relying to heavily on our own understanding, but as we seek the lord we are promised wisdom for the asking (James 1:5), a renewed mind (Rom.12:2), and a heart of flesh (Ezekiel 36:18) to replace our hearts of stone. Such Wisdom and renewal means that we can trust our own common sense more and more, and recognize instinctively when the things being preached or taught to us are simply wrong. If someone with 10 years of theological training offers to explain to me why I should mistreat someone, I can say "no thanks" without any reservation at all, despite my lack of a doctoral degree. Yet we often hear wrong preaching on many issues, knowing in our heart of hearts that it should be challenged, and do nothing. We dare not even discuss it, lest we cause division in the church. Such silence is at times wise, but sometimes it is simply acting (or failing to) out of fear or laziness.

The purpose of church.

A few words back I mentioned how believers are often scorned for receiving challenging new insight from the Lord. The Christian Church, if anything, has the task of taking the wonderful news of God's goodness, mercy, and Love to the world. In fact the bible declares that people would recognize the Christians by the love had for each other (John 5:35). Yet for as long as man has sought to gather in the name of the Lord, they have continually formed cliques and clubs that by their very nature exclude everyone that does not think exactly as they do. The very core of Christianity is the demonstration of God's grace given to His children, and yet it is the exception rather than the rule when believers cut their fellow family members any slack. The many radically different Christian groups that claim to be the "enlightened" ones proves this to be true.

This is all a part of human nature and there is a proper time for it. Many of us have learned the difficult lesson of marrying or starting a business with the wrong person and indeed, some relationships do call for very careful scrutiny. But such scrutiny has gone totally out of control in Christian fellowship, and it is completely misplaced. The bible puts us all on equal ground by saying that we all fall short of God's standards (Rom.3:23-24), and speaking to believers says any man who says he is without sin is deceiving himself (1 John 1:8). These and many other scriptures are there to guard us against judging our brothers and sisters and preferring instead to treat everyone as family.


That is what a church is supposed to be! In a family, everyone is invited to gatherings. Even the ones that didn't vote the way you did in the last election. Even the odd or 'not so perfect ones'. That weird uncle that never stops talking about war stories, and even that silly cousin Debbie's brother that wears a house dress. Everyone is invited to the table, and everyone's talents are appreciated. Because the thing that counts... the only thing that bears any lasting importance... is being part of that family. In the kingdom of God, in the family He invites us to, that is the way it should be.

Only a few things are necessary... really only one!

(Luke 10:41‑42) That famous passage in the bible tells of the day Jesus entered the home of Mary and Martha. Mary was spending all her time at Jesus' feet attending to him and taking in every word, while Martha became progressively angry because she was doing all the cooking and preparation. Yet Jesus told Martha that she was working too much, and that it was not necessary. "Only a few things are necessary, and really only one" he said, "Mary has chosen the good part which shall not be taken away from her".

Many have rightfully used this passage as an example of how much more important it is to listen and attend to the Lord than to work for him. Yet we can't seem to get this basic tenet of doctrine straight. Only a few things are necessary... really only one! The bible says that if anyone confesses Christ with their mouth and believes in his heart that God raised him from the dead, they shall be saved; (Rom 10:9) Who is saved? Anyone... that has received Christ, that's who! And that means that whatever we perceive our brothers and sisters to be going through, if they are trusting the Lord, then they are family... period!

Not an easy calling!

This is a tall order my friends. We all come to the Lord with different baggage, this author included. And our tendency to judge each other is as deep rooted and old as the Tree of Knowledge of good and evil. A curse then, and a curse today. As a result, multitudes that do not fit into the "cookie cutter" molds set out by their local church remain isolated in their faith. So to re-cap, this page, this work, is the beginning of my efforts to accomplish all of the following:

  • Provide a resource of encouragement for any and everyone who has been beaten down by religion, for their failure to measure up to a man made system. And for the many who have set aside their relationship with God because of the narrow minded people they have found associated with him, encourage them to return to the Lord, even if they never darken the door of another church.

  • Help everyone that seeks the Lord to learn to hear from Him directly and be fed from His own hand rather than depending on another human's opinion. No one should be made to feel ashamed or inferior for questioning religious authorities. A mind is a blessing from God. Thinking is NOT a sin!

  • Create a network of believers who encourage each other, pray for and help each other when in need, and do so without judging or condemning.

  • Provide literature, tracts, and links to other places where encouragement and uplifting material may be found, on a variety of subjects and life situations.

This page is basically an introduction. I have much to share, and hope you will take the time to browse the many resources and subject articles during your visit. As the site grows, your patience is appreciated, and your correspondence welcome.


At the Top of this page, under the heading Site Subject Articles", you'll find a list of several in-depth studies. A summary of of each article is provided below, and you can also Click the titles on the left to view them.

These are a collection of encouraging articles on subjects which have not been handled adequately by much of today's Christian teaching. Status quo expectations simply do not allow many Christian teachers to speak outside certain boundaries... even when failure to do so results in people falling through the cracks. Some of these articles are of significant length, and should be read when you have a bit of time. While reading any article, you can 'click' (or tap) on any of the scripture references mentioned or discussed, and that scripture (and bible version) will display.

It is my hope to provide a fresh look at many formerly "closed" or diffoicult subjects, and bring encouragement to everyone with an open mind dealing with these issues.

Grace vs. Law
The "sin centered" mentality of modern Christianity has many believers pouring over scriptures, hoping to find justifications or approval for their life issues and struggles. Each failure then drives them to feel farther away from God. This is insane! God has given everything he can give to set us free from bondage to the task of trying to be "good", or justify everything we do against biblical law. Of course good works are the natural result of a life centered in the Love of God. But this has nothing to do with God's acceptance of us into His family. Sin literally has NOTHING to do with it! If that sounds like heresy, read this!
The Gender Spectrum
Are you, or do you know anyone who's mental and physical gender (either wholly or in part) do not seem to agree? Many categories of people under the broad category "transgender" deal with such issues. It is a difficult road for such individuals because our society tends to hold sexual prowess on a high platform, almost like a deity, and woe to anyone who blasphemes their god. Unfortunately, such individuals have also been spurned by the world of religion, and believers who are supposed to be representing God's love. But what would Christ have to say to such individuals, and to those that treat them so harshly?
The truth about being 'Saved'
To it's credit, religion has brought many into an awareness of their need for God. The world certainly is in some serious need of help! But religion has also driven people away, adding endless man made complications and requirements before anyone can "earn" their promised salvation. But God's gift of eternity is actually free and cannot be earned! This article explains the truth about how easy it really is to receive!

But,... this is a gift that must be consciously received, and assuming this to be an irrelevant subject is a tragic mistake. Few have escaped the frustration of losing their work on a computer, having neglected to back up their fragile hard drives. Life is even more fragile, and its loss infinitely more tragic.
Burn in Hell... really?
How many people have rejected the notion of God because a diety that would sentence a human being to eternal torture in hell makes absolutely NO sense. Well what if the word 'hell' was actually inserted into biblical texts, where it never was even present in original manuscripts! Worse, what if the original meaning and origin of the word hell were distorted by a religious system who's real intent was to control people? Well this is indeed the kind of deception that has occurred! And what if such distortions were already known to many bible teachers? Would they dare buck the system and reveal what they'd learned? Sadly NO! In fact the few that teach outside of that status quo have been labeled heretics and cult leaders.

Well if the doctrine of hell has ever disturbed you, this writing will definitely shed new light on the subject, and probably bring you some long awaited peace. It also may anger you toward all the religious organizations who shout in the streets deceiving people on this issue. If that is the case, direct your anger constructively, and share the wonderful TRUTH with everyone!
The Bible is
Just the Beginning!

Article in progress, not yet available

Christ promised us a renewed mind and spirit, so a believer using their God given common sense should NOT be an issue. But anytime a believer decides existing scripture is insufficient to some matter at hand, seeks God for a fresh word or relies on their common sense instead, they are accused of being in rebellion! Both simple believers and even many spiritual teachers fail to understand that the Bible, even with all its wisdom, is still just the beginning!


Tracts are small sharable and printable handouts, designed to introduce key concepts in a pocket sized format. Many church tracts are not very effective, because they offer Christian doctrine in a cold and threatening manner, making any relationship with God seem pretty out of reach. These tracts are very different. If you give them to lay people, they will thank you for finally offering a positive Christian message.

You can click the titles to read them here. Feel free to copy the links to those tracts and send them to anyone you think could benefit. The download buttons also let you access PDF files ready to print, cut out, and fold as in this diagram.

If you want some but can't print them yourself, I have plenty printed and ready to cut and fold. Email me if you want some, and I'll send them free, for the cost of mailing. Email me!

God Loves you ...
No Strings!

A clear intro to the Love of God, along with a common sense approach to the bible. This tract is aimed at those who instinctively believe in God, but have had it with religion. It will cheer the heart of those seeking the Lord, and probably anger some 'religious' minded too.
Sin! Sin! Sin!

Sin Sin Sin! Can't you guy's talk about anything else? Christ set us free from bondage to the very law that gave sin it's power. Yet most of the public Christian message is nothing but lists of 'sins', with a sharp dose of hell and brimstone. How demonically deceptive to substitute a spirit of bondage and fear for the true spirit of freedom Christ shared and taught. This tract takes some bold steps in explaining the truth of what the new covenant is really about.



I'm a musician, and one of the first songs I ever attempted to record with multiple instruments was called Mercy For Madness. This is a song about a man knocking, banging and screaming at heavens gate in desperation, for all the times God seemed to ignore his prayers. The outcry of the heart along with God's amazing answer has been an encouragement to many, including myself! A second spiritual song I wrote called Hold On! (No Deadlines with God) tells of feelings at various times in life, thinking I was not getting enough done for the Lord. I suspect others have felt this way too. God's simple answers to me, along with some impressions of His direction to me are offered. Enjoy! If you'd like to see any lyrics, write to me and I'll gladly send them.

Mercy For Madness
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Hold On (No Deadlines with God)
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Short Lessons of Love

Unlike the other in-depth articles listed, this is a collection of very short articles, documenting a simple lessons the Lord taught me.

Whenever I've been troubled in this life, I've tried to make time to seek the Lord in the quiet of a forest or woodland trail. There, surrounded only by things God made, it seems the best environment for quieting my spirit enough to hear his still, small voice. If you regularly have such quiet times seeking the Lord, you already know the value of the insights God provides. If you have things like this yourself, please share them with me too!

As you read these any of these, note that any scripture references were added later.

Links To other Organizations and Ministries

United Church of
Tampa (UCC)
This is a wonderful Open and Affirming Christian church in Tampa, Florida with no time or interest in judging people based on race, appearance, sexual orientation, politics, or any of the other 'issues' that typically divide people of faith. The church is very active in loving God's children and doing good works oriented toward social justice, tolerance, and peace, as Jesus taught. I've visited them on many occasion, and whole heatedly recommend them should you visit the Tampa bay area.
Loving Grace
This New York / New Jersey based teaching and radio Ministry was founded by the gifted teacher, Wayne Monbleua. Their "Let's Talk About Jesus" radio ministry has been on the air for more than 20 years, providing a safe and honest oasis for fellowship and ministry. This is the single most important ministry I've been blessed to have discovered.
The blog formerly known as TheHeresy.com. A unique collection of liberating articles. From their site: "Knowing very well that to some 'Spirit filled' Christianity is foreign, and even frowned upon, we considered ourselves to be heretics to dead self-made religion. We would greet each other and ask 'How goes the heresy?' or 'Is the heresy alive?. Eventually, it became the word we used describe any instance of sharing or living our true life in Christ."
TG Christians
TG-Christians is an electronic mailing list of Christians who are transgender, and is inclusive of all gender variations including cross dressers, transsexuals, etc. This list is intended as an instrument of God's love, to bolster each of us in our faith and to be a blessing in our lives in general through fellowship with one another.
An Online News Journal that offers a first hand look at how gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered Christians look at our world.

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