May 4, 2019

The Exciting Good News I had just finished a three hour lunch after church and was about to share my Good News with someone. We loved going to the buffet and having lunch after church. The waitresses probably didn’t like to see us coming in because we hardly ever tipped them much, if anything, and then we would stay long enough to have dinner. Imagine having to provide drink refills to people and interact with them for hours to either… Read more

May 1, 2019

In My Office I wasn’t thinking about submission when he came into my office for an assessment. His kiddo was the client and a preteen. They sat down, and we got started. I began asking questions and updating his son’s chart. Everything was going fine until I asked if they had a spiritual orientation. That’s when religion reared its ugly head and looked right at me in a challenge I remembered doing as a senior pastor. Who I Used to… Read more

April 27, 2019

Paradigm Shift Anyone? A paradigm is a model. We have many paradigms in life. I noticed something profound while completing the Frustrated Grace series. When I pointed out the things that are broken in the institutional church, people identified. They agreed with me in the areas of Christine doctrine that were completely in error. Get Your House In Order In discussing the issues of Christianity itself, I heard all kinds of support and encouragement. I realized that people wanted to fix… Read more

April 24, 2019

Jesus and PTSD I grew up knowing a gentle and religiously framed Jesus. You know the guy, humble and meek, dying for the sins of the world. He was a savior, a friend and confidant, a kindhearted man who identified with the needs of the poor. When you know Jesus like that, it becomes the focus of your heart to emulate that behavior. I wanted to be like Jesus, but the Jesus I knew was a Catholic Jesus. He was… Read more

April 20, 2019

Kim the Christian Cowboy Kim talked me into buying a sixty dollar book called, “On Wounded Knee”. He had a big pock marked nose and big ears as older men get. His face was scarred by what had to have been severe acne when he was younger. His hair was still mostly brown and his mustache was beginning to turn grey. Kim’s dark brown eyes were deep set. He would befriend me at my job and then later rip my… Read more

April 17, 2019

The Word of God and Arrow To talk to you about my feelings about “the Word of God” I would first like to share a bit with you. I grew up on a farm in the thumb area of Michigan where the dirt is black as can be and fertile. Animals were like second nature as my father was a farmer on a cattle farm and cats and dogs ran “amuck. I got my first dog when I was two,… Read more

April 14, 2019

My Beginning with Nicholas I remember the day I first saw Nicholas, this young Hispanic kid with braces and acne. He was my height, about 5’7″ and a little stocky. He was likable and enjoyed laughter. We had opened up our home to a couple of teenagers on a Monday evening and within three weeks we had over fifty. I would cook a pan of my special soft and gooey brownies, which turned into two pans rather quickly, and then… Read more

April 9, 2019

Some background about the Jewish People Before we open Matthew’s letter, it’s important to talk about his people. Any culture has a sense of pride in itself. The Hebrew people had certain characteristics that made them unique to other cultures. They were one of three major cultures that believed in monotheism, or one God. Judaism is the ancient religion developed by the Hebrews. It comprises theology, law and a lot of traditions. Their tradition records them encountering God through human… Read more

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