Take a breath today, our fears can bring us to a greater place of clarity and healing, but it takes time. … More fear.
(Originally posted on Facebook at the beginning of 2018) 2017 has finally come to an end. It was a year marked by the darkness of our world, due to the violent choices of others. To end the lives of others and oneself is a horrible reminder of the evil that inhabits our lives. We saw … More 2017 Recap and 2018 Resolutions
One of my favorite activities as a daddy is Saturday mornings with my daughters. It is my job to wake up with the girls on the weekends, which is spent reading books, cuddling on the couch, playing on the floor, and their latest obsession: singing and dancing to nursery rhymes. The ones we often watch are ones performed by and sung by people who have learned English as a second language, sung by talking animals, or adults wearing costumes meant for children.
I remember singing and dancing to the same songs, but now as an adult, the reality of these songs have left an unsettling feeling in my parental gut. The following ten thoughts came to me as I listened to the following songs for the 5,894,333 (a rough estimate) time. … More The Unspoken Reality of Nursery Rhymes
Writer and theologian, Frederick Buechner once said, “The story of any one of us is in some measure the story of us all.” It was hard for me to write the final part of our story, because even though this concludes my story, it isn’t the end. Because God is still healing us. It is my hope that this story told in three acts challenges, comforts, and reminds all that God is always at work, even when we aren’t aware of it. … More Broken, Bruised, and Being Made New (Act 3)
Last night, I shared the painful story that began my family’s hiatus from attending church. In this second part or act, I explain how my wife and I started to and continue to heal. The second act within stories is considered by many to be the most challenging ones. In the first act, the setting is taking shape, our characters are introduced, and the conflict is established. In the second act, our characters encounter a variety of obstacles (internally or externally or both) that prevent them from resolving the conflict. Little did I know that the second act of our story, would be unlike any story I had encountered. … More Broken, Bruised, and Being Made New (Act 2)
Church. Many of us have positive and negative feelings attached to this word. In the next three days, I’m sharing our story of how we found healing through a hiatus from attending on Sunday mornings. This isn’t meant to bash any church, beliefs, or group of people, because we are all broken creatures who are continually hurting and healing. Instead, I would hope it encourages and challenges all of us in and outside of the Church. … More Broken, Bruised, and Being Made New (Act 1)
One of the unspoken responsibilities of a pastor is to comfort the afflicted, and afflict the comfortable. This has been in my heart and head as I consider what has been taking place in my soul lately. True learning and growth takes place if we evaluate critically and carefully what we believe. As I approach … More Rethinking Beliefs (Part 1)