The Gratitude Time, Part 1

I’m getting over a committed and bombastic head cold so please forgive the raw tinge to the audio.  I learned my manners as a kid, but it was always hard to say thank you.  As an adult, I celebrate the free grace and […]

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The Honesty Time, Part 8

I would love to do good things, make a meaningful contribution and have a fruitful life.  At this point, though, I’m not much more than a seminary drop out – it became painfully obvious very quickly that I did not really belong there […]

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The Honesty Time, Part 7

Some may say, “Well, wasn’t it just a handful of people at one church that hurt you?  It wasn’t the whole church, right?”  Or “Don’t let one bad apple ruin the batch.”  I didn’t include these in my series on cliches last year (starting here) […]

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The Honesty Time, Part 6

I fear that this healing will be kind of a long time.  Like, forever.  I have been relationally, vocationally, spiritually, emotionally and mentally stuck for about that long.  I look around me and see nothing I’m good at, nothing I feel I […]

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The Honesty Time, Part 4

A chance meeting with a friend yesterday, which would not have happened had I been sticking to my preferred schedule, was, unbeknownst to him, an answered prayer (more on that later).  For now, I’d like to take a moment here (we’re a […]

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The Honesty Time, Part 3

Actually, the real reason I went to seminary was to please God.  And the real reason I left (besides becoming wholly convinced I was not gifted for that work) was because I did not feel seen or heard or like my story […]

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The Honesty Time, Part 2

I was kept awake last night with fear of doing this – fear of losing friends because I’ll say the wrong thing, fear of disappointing or failing God, fear of judgment (or even punishment) from others and God.  I almost called it […]

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The Honesty Time, Part 1

A new year is a great time to do that thing you’ve always wanted to do…like be real and authentic (buzzword, cringe, I know) on your blog.  What I’m about to do is going to sound a lot like bashing the Church.  It’s […]

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