• Pathways to Sanity

    5 minute read

    We think it is anger. But I believe it is more. I believe our anger is just an outward symptom of other ills that are best understood by thinking differently.

    We watch from our varied positions with anxious expectations as we move through one of the strangest and most polarizing election cycles in our history. It seems we watch with fear or frustration, all of us wanting something and all of us afraid that someone will take away the America that we want to see arise from the ashes. Continue Reading

  • Think Differently Learn Differently

    4 minute read

    But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith
    -1 Timothy 1:5

    His eyes focused on the white ball, centered exactly at the point of his cue. Sliding the cue back and forth, his eyes took in the target and all the green felt that lay between his cue stick and his intended target. Continue Reading

  • Spiritual Maturity

    7 minute read

    When did the word “Christian” cease to mean “Christlike”? How can so many grow up in a church culture and so few be truly spiritually mature? The answer must be found in our understanding and view of what it means to be spiritually mature, and how spiritual maturity is obtained. Continue Reading

  • Trust

    6 minute read

    They say that among those who have the most difficult time with trauma, are those who have stood on buckling ground in the midst of an earthquake. It is this betrayal by the planet of what we all call “solid Ground” that makes it difficult for people to feel safe following such a shake-up. When that which we have always assumed is unshakeable is shaken right below our feet, it shifts our fundamental assumption of safety. It shakes not just the ground, it shakes our basic trust. Continue Reading

  • Hope

    6 minute read

    (Note: Continuing along the line of sharing my journey from 2014. This year has shaped a number of things in my soul, and it feels important to start the year writing about this journey. It appears I am not alone)

    Without a vision, I hear, people perish. I might say it this way. When I stopped dreaming, I started to let go of life. I stopped dreaming, because I stopped hoping. You know—hope—that way of thinking that has inherent expectations of tomorrow, and the next tomorrow. And I stopped hoping, because I had allowed my hope to rest on things which clearly did not have the ability to sustain such weighty human treasure. Continue Reading

  • Needs

    5 minute read

    (Note: This is by far the most personal blog I have ever written. While it is still about thinking differently, it has been one of the most profound experiences of my recent history.)

    It rose up inside me like some sort of occasionally hidden roadblock to the needful things inside my soul. I couldn’t explain it, but I certainly couldn’t deny it. And most significant, I couldn’t seem to overcome it. It should have been simple. All I had to do was buy myself something I have wanted for a long time. All I had to do was buy one of the most beautiful guitars I have ever played. But I felt frozen.

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  • Background: The Context to Right Conversations

    8 minute read

    Change the world? Yes please, but first we have to engage our culture. Engage the culture?  First we have to learn to steer clear of destructive conversations.  This is part four in a series on engaging in conversations that make an impact. Continue Reading

  • Questions: The Doorway to Right Conversations

    4 minute read

    “How are you doing?” he asked. Continue Reading

  • God Save Us From Wrong Conversations | Part 2

    5 minute read

    We must convince the world!! Oh wait we already have. We believers, we followers of that man, Jesus, we have convinced the world. I would simply submit that we have convinced them of the wrong thing. Continue Reading

  • God Save us from Wrong Conversations

    9 minute read

    I watched a recent media firestorm on the internet, and news outlets with something of the horror of watching a car accident in slow motion. Every blogger, and believer with access to a computer almost seemed unable to remain silent. Pictures, opinions and ideas flew around like body parts in the midst of the aforementioned car wreck.  Continue Reading