Craving

Exploring craving and connection in my Write On Blog after talking to Shauna Niequist on Doug Pagitt Radio: http://dougpagittradio.com/craving … [Read more...]

Can I Trust?

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Here’s a question I’ve been asked many times, by many different people. The words I am going to use are a paraphrase as each individual who shares their hearts with me uses their own language for their particular situations; yet the questions are often very similar when you break them down. The question is: how do I trust God when I don’t know what He is going to do? There are many expressions of church and theology that attempt to tell us definitely that God will make things better if we trust … [Read more...]

Transformation and Shadow Spotting

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“Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do no notice the log that is in your own eye?” Matt 7:3 NASB. Most people have read this text as being about sin and our need not to judge. Which is very true, but there are other layers of truths to be found in this text as well. What if the speck we see in another's eye is actually our own log-sized issue? Let me explain. Jesus called it a speck for a reason. I think He was creating a contrast. When we notice some "sin" or “issue … [Read more...]

A Contradiction of Truths

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I am learning in my life to let go of the apparent contradictions; this I believe is the result of my ability to let go of theological paradoxes, which has in turn created a space where I can let go of paradoxes in my own life. Allow me to develop this a little further.So much rational effort has been put into the creation of systematic theologies that have attempted to explain the apparent paradoxes in our human experience with God, the Biblical accounts that seem to contradict each other … [Read more...]

Intended for More than Relief

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What if the reasons we go to church actually perpetuates problems and doesn’t really help us get better?Studies have found most people go to church for a couple of reasons: they always have and it’s a habit based on an obligatory belief that somehow going to church is the right thing to do and somehow pleases God, others go because they are facing problems and are told that God will help them. I’m sure there are a myriad of other reasons - some noble, some less – as to why people go to church … [Read more...]

Does Your God Need to Be Fired?

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What if the God that you have given your life to, trusted in, and believed would bless and take care of – what if that God didn’t exist?I remember in the early days of my experience in the Twelve Steps, I was asked by a long-time member what my God was like. In the Twelve Steps, they have this idea that you can have a higher power of your choosing which, of course as a minister, was marginally troubling before I understood what this belief was actually about. Anyways, this long-time member as … [Read more...]

When You Know Better, You Do Better?

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There is no question that ignorance can harm us; but I’m not sure knowing better is necessarily equated to doing better. When we are ignorant of something, we simply don’t know and we act in accordance. A great example is how in the first half of the 20th century doctors would recommend cigarettes to help ease their patients’ nerves. And it worked! But, it also gave people cancer. Ignorance. Knowing that smoking kills has no question motivated many people to stop, but you would think if we knew c … [Read more...]

Thank God, Persecution Is Coming

It seems that almost no one thinks that "our side" has lost. It's only a matter of time until same sex marriage has become the new normal.But, many conservatives are making another argument in response to this impending change: "Christians" will be persecuted for their beliefs.Is this true?Well, one problem with this argument is that it assumes that all Christians are the same. Using a statement like "Christians think..." makes almost no sense. Christians have differing opinions … [Read more...]

Do You Mean, “Yes”?

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There is a passage in Scripture that says not to swear by anything on the earth or the heavens, but let your “yes” be “yes” and your “no” be “no”. (James 5:12) I think one of the fundamental blocks most people struggle with is the desire to be a selfless person; and yet as a result of obligation, guilt and expectations, we lose the honesty of our “yes” and our “no”, and thus become selfish because the meaning of our desires and our words have lost their power. I know for me, that when I am in r … [Read more...]

What’s Wrong With the “New Reformed” Movement? Part 2

Soon after I left the New Reformed movement, I took an American Literature class. I was surprised to learn just how much Calvinism had influenced many of the early American classics. One author in particular drew me in: Nathaniel Hawthorne. I don't know much about Hawthorne, but after I read Young Goodman Brown, it felt like I knew exactly where he was coming from.The first negative experience I can remember coming from a New Calvinist preacher was when he described going to a baseball game, … [Read more...]


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