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The Muse in the Mess: Stories on the Life of the Soul

Are You Afraid and Lonely? Pray!

Are You Afraid and Lonely? Pray!

Prayer is to our relationship with God as sex is to a relationship with a spouse. Like sex, prayer can skim along the surface and be about what you get out of it. Or it can be intimate, vulnerable, passionate, diving deep into the mystery of two becoming one.

Ordinary Ideas for Surviving the Coronavirus Apocalypse I

Ordinary Ideas for Surviving the Coronavirus Apocalypse I

Shit, shower, and shave also seems like a litany for our current situation. Do what you can, what needs done, check it off the list and move on. One of my favorite musicians, Bruce Cockburn asks, “If this were the last night of the world/what would I do?/What would I do that was different/Unless it was champaign with you?”

Something ordinary, with a little flare.

Dancing in the Desert: How to Survive Tough Transitions

Dancing in the Desert: How to Survive Tough Transitions

My first call as a pastor was a disaster. Unknown to me when I accepted the job and we moved to Illinois, the senior pastor of the church was involved in his third or fourth affair. The church was so dysfunctional it continually ignored his sin. They responded to me and my family with hate and blame for demanding they do something about it.

Finding Your True Worth and Identity in a Word

Finding Your True Worth and Identity in a Word

You and I suffer the same snake bite. We question the worth spoken into us by our Creator. By doubting our original design from God, we lost touch with God as Creator. We search for validation in ill-written dictionaries, which cry: find your worth in your accomplishments, your bathroom mirror, your bank account, your philosophy, your social media likes.

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