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    Dragging Shame

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    Everyone battles with shame to some degree or another. But feeling shame is not the same as facing it. Years ago, I was a janitor at a church that almost hired me to be a pastor. Being a church custodian proved harder than I ever imagined. The work itself was laborious, and I was not […]…

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    Unscheduled Emotions

    I have a friend who pours concrete for a living. Once, when I made a pathetic attempt to help him work, he told me that all concrete would eventually crack. The…

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    It’s OK to be OK

    If there is one thing I am not good at (and there are many), it is celebrating. Don’t get me wrong: I like to eat good meals, laugh, and share drinks…

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    Telling Secrets

    “I have come to believe that by and large the human family all has the same secrets, which are both very telling and very important to tell. They are telling in…

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    Working Family

    It’s work day. I only have a couple of days to capture some words and ideas. Ideas I scribble down in a notebook throughout the week in hopes I will remember…

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    The Death of Potential

    This week, I learned that a friend is moving away. He is moving for many good reasons such as: obedience, reconciliation, and permanency. But even with such agreeable motives, it’s hard…

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    More about “Burning Temple”

    Writing Burning Temple was meant to be my great escape from the anger and pain crowding my relationship with God. The blueprints of this spiritual evacuation followed a well-traveled road that…

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    Burning Temple

    How is it that followers of Jesus Christ become angry at God? It’s a subject loaded with smaller questions to be sure. But more than anything, this is a question loaded…

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    Being Neighborly

    The word “tribe” is now used a lot to describe a group of people where your work, beliefs, or art can find a larger home and audience. It’s helpful for the…