We Need to Know We’re Susceptible–Damage and Wounds Can Turn Toxic

“God loves damaged people” is great news since we’re all damaged. There are deep wounds within us, some self-inflicted, many other-inflicted. We’ve all sinned (Romans 3:23) and made mistakes, and the sins and mistakes of others have harmed us. The … Continue reading

The Flower Pot Saga

For the last several years I’ve kicked off the gardening season with a renewed resolution, “This year the flower pots by the front door will look stupendous.” Ever the student, each well-designed pot I come across before heading to the … Continue reading

When Surrender Means Winning

Surrender.  My mental image is a white flag. It is the universal symbol for surrender and signifies the desire for a truce. Woven into the fabric is a connotation of weakness, frailty, quitting, losing, of giving up the fight.  Those … Continue reading

What’s on Your Spiritual Bucket List?

For the first twenty, thirty years of adulthood, life’s potential fans out to a limitless horizon. Your body still does what you tell it to do, and life’s vagaries haven’t rung your doorbell yet. The list of what you can … Continue reading

Leadership is Tough: How to Respond When You’ve Messed Up

Being a leader with influence and power at your disposal is a precarious position at any time in history. Mark Driscoll is the most recent megachurch celebrity to be caught in the media spotlight.  The ouster of Driscoll and all Mars … Continue reading

Is the Church a Hospital, a Museum, or Both?

“Church is not a museum for saints, but a hospital for sinners.”  Morton Kelsey Brennan Manning cites this familiar quotation in The Ragamuffin Gospel, where he expounds on the need for humility in order to receive the amazing grace offered … Continue reading

Road Tripping with an Unusual Passenger

It was sunny, 86, and late in the afternoon on a mid-July day. The morning thunderstorms had moved on, taken the humidity with them and left behind a well-deserved summer day after the chill of the Polar Vortex winter. I … Continue reading

The Many Faces of Hoarding

July 11, 2014 The Many Faces of Hoarding The subject of hoarders fascinates and mystifies me. Viewers bewitched by the topic kept the TV program “Hoarders” running for six seasons on the A&E cable channel, and “Hoarding: Buried Alive” on … Continue reading