When Renee Walks Away: On “De-conversion” Stories

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The latest "I once was 'found', then I headed for the exit door" tale making the rounds among the Christian internet world is that of George Perdikis, one of the founder of Christian pop band, the Newsboys. Whether it's stories like that of Bob Dylan, Frank Schaeffer, Katy Perry, or countless others over the last 2,000 years who have elected to walk away from orthodox Christianity, we who stay may have one or both of these responses: (1) We may chalk it up either apostasy or a belief that the le … [Read more...]

When The Heart Waits: Chapter 1

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How can the church better nurture spiritual growth for those in the second half of their lives? I contend that the way we answer that question may well change the way we disciple all of our members.Certainly cultivating the spiritual disciplines is part of that answer, but it's important to remember that those practices are not the goal. Christlike maturity is the goal - not just for individuals, but for all of us, corporately. Because we've often defaulted to talking about spiritual growth … [Read more...]

By “Rightsize”, I Mean “Exorcise” These Nine Church-y Words

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As a writer, I spend my days playing with words. This also means I spend too much time - usually when I'm writing a first draft - watching cat videos, rearranging my cabinets, thinking about what to make for dinner, and watching the squirrels re-enact West Side Story outside my window.When I'm not watching Tony Squirrel woo Maria Squirrel, I do try to pay close attention to how people use words. Language is a living thing. I'm fascinated by the lists of words that have become tired, lazy … [Read more...]

Forced Out In The Name Of “Reaching Young Families”

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***My friend A. was an old hippie who looked a little like Jerry Garcia (the old guy version) with grease under his fingernails. He worked at a body shop by day, and gave his nights and weekends to what he believed was his true calling: a musician who used his gifts as part of his church's worship team. He spent more than three decades as a rock `n roll version of David during his harp-playing days. He worked hard to stay current when it came to trends in worship music. His skills were stellar, … [Read more...]

In Search Of Mitford

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To The Good People Of Mitford, NC -You may be classified as fictional characters living in an imaginary place, but after reading all nine books in Jan Karon's series featuring so many of you during the last two decades, I feel as though I've you've taken on the status of my second home. I've had five addresses since I first met you all when a good friend pressed a just-off-the-press copy of At Home In Mitford (the 1994 Lion Press edition) into my hands. I've imagined myself living among … [Read more...]

Resolutions, Regrets & Reset Buttons: A Giveaway

2015 is poised to enter, stage right. It's a time-honored tradition for many of us to greet the new year with a fresh list of resolutions.I'm going to lose 10 pounds. I'm going to run a marathon. Skydiving - it's gonna happen. I will purge the basement and garage. I am going to lose 10 pounds (I mean business this year.)  I will read the Bible from start to finish. I'm going to quit smoking. That's it. I'm joining a gym. I will volunteer in my community. I'm moving. Time fo … [Read more...]

The Antonym of Hope

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The December 5th edition of This American Life featured three haunting audio stories on the topic of regret. Host Ira Glass introduced the topic by noting the persistent nature of long-term regret: "Some regrets never go away. People tell us they forgive us, we try to forgive ourselves, and we still know like we did wrong, like we hurt somebody, it was real. And that feeling, it can immobilize you. If you're lucky, it teaches you something you can take into other situations. But I think often … [Read more...]


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