Abducted & Robbed In The Congo (How Jesus, Bear Gyrlls & CBS Saved My Life)

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“With every mile that went by, my sense of panic only increased. It was so dark that I couldn’t see anything around us, and we didn’t seem to be driving in any direction that I’d want to be going. With robbery and murder being so common (while I was there they killed 20 people after losing a soccer match, which locals shrugged off as typical), I began to accept that I was being robbed (something I can deal with) and that there was a good chance I was also about to be killed (not how I preferred to start my trip).” — Here’s how I survived an abduction and robbery in the Congo. [Read more...]

But Jesus Isn’t “That” (putting hurts in the proper perspective)

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Sometimes life seems like a never ending cycle of hurts. Trust me, I actually get that. People we love wound us. People we trust betray us. Life goes wrong. Sometimes, it goes way, way wrong. We slowly become wounded and begin to walk away from whatever or whoever we perceive has hurt us. Walking away [Read More...]

The God of Do-Overs (what New Years reminds me of)

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At midnight tonight, we’ll usher in a new year– 2013 is over, and 2014 will begin. Whether 2013 was a good year for you, or a bad, new beginnings are on the doorstep. One of the things I love about New Years eve, is that it reminds me that God is a God of do-overs. [Read More...]

Learning How to Forgive God (when Jesus wrecks your life)

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Shane Claiborne once said: “Jesus wrecked my life”. Conversely, Ray Comfort tells people: “If you trust in God, he will never let you down.” As I look back at the last two years, Shane’s take on things pretty much sums up my life. I don’t know how it is that I’m not on in-patient status, [Read More...]

Do you have Post Traumatic Church Syndrome?

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Do you suffer from church related trauma? This is a post for those who do, and those who don’t. Maybe the extent of your church trauma is having to sit through stuff like this: Or, maybe your church related trauma is a little more serious. When we were dating, one of the things my wife [Read More...]


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