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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Can too much “Jesus” talk be a bad thing?

You can listen to the audio version of today’s post here. Yesterday, while I was taking down my Christmas decorations (Yes, on January 20th, please don’t judge me), I listened to a new podcast. The God Journey is comprised of two friends chatting it up in a laid back style about religiosity that doesn’t work and Relationship that does. On yesterday’s episode, Wayne...

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Friday, December 23, 2016

Christmas: the thing I’m probably not supposed to say

It’s been a wonderful, rattling, sleepless, somber, uncertain, miraculous, humbling week.   Wonderful. 10:18 p.m. Sunday night. A Dallas interception to stop Tampa Bay on the last drive and deliver the win.  Present. At AT&T Stadium with my son. And our fantastic friends who surprised us with tickets just a few weeks before. An answer to prayer I didn’t even know I’d been...

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

1 thing we can do to find peace when it seems like there’s nothing we can do

He and I have been acquaintances for years. Familiar through friends and family. He joked that he’d buy the coffee if in exchange for answers to impossible questions. He generously bought the coffee, knowing I couldn’t hold up my end of the deal. I had little to offer but a listening ear. And some personal stories- with the disclaimer that they rise up from my...

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Friday, October 21, 2016

What if life with Jesus is anything “butt” fake and boring?

I joined thirty or so people, as we looked on from our seats in the auditorium style classroom. It was the 6th grade’s first class debate. “Should college athletes get paid?” My son’s team would argue athletes should indeed get paid. The opposing team, that they should not. Five students on each team would take turns telling us “why.” My son stood before us, his...

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Friday, October 14, 2016

Does God Care Who We Vote For?

I wonder, “Does God care who I vote for?” At first glance, I cannot see God in this election cycle. I cannot see love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Instead, I see hatred, offense, fear, impatience, malice, disrespect, injustice, arrogance, and reckless abandon. Not just among political powers, but between those of us who have elected...

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Friday, September 16, 2016

Our 14 day prayer practice challenge – a free download through Monday!

I’ve been away from the blog for two weeks while doing a deep dive into our 14-day prayer practice challenge. I have been in awe at the courage, commitment, and connection that has come through the Purpose Dweller community the last few weeks. It has caused me to think differently about what folks really want and need in regards to spirituality. Not spirituality that...

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

“Prayer” isn’t always what we assume-

August has been a hard month for me. A routine visit to the dermatologist turned up a a small spot of skin cancer above my right eyebrow. I felt pretty good about it really. It was the slow growing kind. The kind that will disfigure but not threaten life. They’d caught it early. It was a small place. My bangs hang...

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Friday, August 19, 2016

The church stuff No One wants to talk about (& Why we must)

I stood before my laptop on the tall table in my kitchen. My fingers hovered over the keyboard; I walked away. I came back and walked away again. I paced the cold tile floor. I bit nervously at the rough edge on my fingernail then prayed, “How do I talk about the thing no one wants to talk about when it comes to church?” The hard...

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Monday, July 18, 2016

How we can come Together in a world that is falling apart.

Here we are, a week later with more images of terror and broken bodies and weeping after Friday’s attack in Nice. And just as I was about to publish this post yesterday, I learned about the policemen shot in Baton Rouge. Then shortly after, the protests in Cleveland. It seems we must decide for ourselves if we will become who the media...

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