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How to Help God Transform Your Fear to Hope

How to Help God Transform Your Fear to Hope

Reading Time: 5 minutes Fear not! God has been here before. God stands ready, waiting for us—the orchestra—to pause and let the Soloist play. Unfortunately, if we play on, heedless to the signal, we leave God no room to perform. The musical score lies before us. Our participation with God in the silence can transform our fear to hope. The choice is ours.

Are You Afraid and Lonely? Pray!

Are You Afraid and Lonely? Pray!

Reading Time: 5 minutes 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

Reading Time: 3 minutes 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

Reading Time: 5 minutes 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.

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