Broken, Bruised, and Being Made New (Act 3)

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)

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Broken, Bruised, and Being Made New (Act 2)

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)

Broken, Bruised, and Being Made New (Act 1)

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)

Rebuilding My Beliefs Through 10 Meditations (Prologue)

Prologue: Easter Sunday 2015. That was the last time my family and I attended church. When we left the church I was working at, we were warned that we were going to enter into a time of suffering, spiritually and relationally. One year later, our relationship with each other and Jesus has been stronger than … More Rebuilding My Beliefs Through 10 Meditations (Prologue)