Change is…

Change is one of those topics that is so very interesting. It’s something that we’re told that lots of people don’t like. I think that’s a load of rubbish. I think that’s a cover for something else entirely. It’s not people don’t like change. It’s that people don’t like...
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There’s no such thing as normal

I’m currently reading “The Myth of Normal” by Gabor Mate, MD. It’s a book that explores trauma, illness and healing in a toxic culture according to the subtitle. It looks at mental, physical, and emotional health. I think there’s a spiritual element to this as well, even though the...
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What are you struggling with?

I think this is the question that doesn’t get asked enough – What are you struggling with? It gets asked in certain settings. It gets asked by therapists and doctors. I’ve heard variations of this question in other settings too – What are the financial obstacles that the organization...
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Mass shootings aren’t a tragedy

It’s difficult to keep track of the mass shootings in this nation. As I write, I have to keep searching to find out how many mass shootings there are. One article tells me 33. Nope. Wrong. The next tells me there have been 36 so far this year. Nope....
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Book Review – “Disruption” by Mark Deymaz

“Disruption” by Mark Deymaz was a book written for me. The summary on the back of the book states is all “We must become disruptive.” The author is talking about how we think about church. Amen. Here’s a definition of what a disruptor is – “In an opinion piece...
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Pointing generational fingers

I’ve been seeing a lot of articles, posts, and memes that focus on blaming and criticizing different generations. I get it. It’s easy to criticize another generation (or multiple generations, which some authors have the capacity to do apparently). And it can even be fun to poke a little...
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Voter guide

I know what many of you are saying. “We just finished elections! What are you doing? No one is thinking about voting and elections and whatnot.” Wrong. The people in politics think about elections all the time, for one thing. They schedule fundraisers for the day after Election Day...
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Book Review: “The Lost Art of Scripture” by Karen Armstrong

“The Lost Art of Scripture” by Karen Armstrong is one of the most important books I’ve read in a long time. I don’t say that lightly. It’s not an easy read. But it is well worth reading, contemplating, and digesting what the author is saying. Karen Armstrong is a...
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A Time of Reflection and Discernment

One of the great opportunities of not being in a pastoral call right now is that it is a time for reflection and discernment. This has been a time of Sabbatical for me in a way – at least unofficially. And I’ve really needed it. As a pastor, we’re...
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Ongoing lessons from Congress for the church

As a long-time student of politics and theology/faith/religion/etc, I have been watching the recent events of the US House of Representatives and their attempts to elect a Speaker of the House as well as the the ripple effect from it. And I’ve been thinking about the lessons that the...
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