Normal is a myth

Month: September 2013

Exposing the Secrets – Confessions of a Person Called to Ministry (part 2)

A few weeks ago, I posted a list of some confessions that people in ministry (myself, especially) struggle with.  If you’re bored or you want a peek at the “inside story” of ministry, you can read that here. In short, the confessions are: We love what we do…too much We hate what we do. We… Read More ›

Here’s Your Sign

I saw this church sign yesterday.  It simply asked, “What could this sign say to get you here Sunday?” My first thought was, “Free Beer.”  (Laugh, but it would probably work). Joking aside, the sign left me with an uneasy feeling – not about that church in particular, but about our church culture in general…. Read More ›

When It’s Time…

“History” is a loaded word. I’m not talking about American history or world history.  I’m talking about MY history.  YOUR history. So, like I said:  “History” is a loaded word. Relationships and friendships.  Jobs and careers.  Life changes.  Ups.  Downs.  Joy.  Pain.  Memories.  Wins.  Fails.  Hopes.  Things we laugh at.  Things we cry about. Everything… Read More ›

Cheer Mongers – Are We Really “Leading” Worship?

I have been a “worship leader” in some form or another for 20 years.  And with that, I have a few confessions to make: I remember “Lord I Lift Your Name on High” when it was new, and I thought it was going to change everything (it did).  I now literally get nauseated when I… Read More ›

9/11 and the Pressure Washer

Pressure washing a deck takes forever.  You move just inches at a time.  It’s tedious.  It’s loud.  You don’t see real results for hours.  Everything gets soaked.  You’ll learn the hard way that a pressure washer can rip into your skin if you’re not careful.  But once you’ve started, you can’t stop, or you’re left… Read More ›

It’s Time to Break Down the Walls

In 2010, I took a trip to New York City with my former pastor.  I think it was an eye-opening experience for both of us.  If you’ve ever been to (or lived in) NYC, then you know that “fast-paced” is an understatement.  Though seeing the sights and the culture of a mega-city was incredibly exciting,… Read More ›

Exposing the Secrets – Confessions of a Person Called to Ministry

There’s a song that I hate.  No… that I loathe.  It’s R.E.M.s “Shiny Happy People.”  Every time I hear those nasally-sounding lyrics sung, I want to gouge my ears out with a ice pick (do I even own an ice pick?  Well, a BBQ skewer will make a nice alternative). It’s not that I hate R.E.M…. Read More ›

Rise

  My favorite movie trilogy ever is Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises…you know, the good Batman played by Christian Bale – NOT the creepy bat-suit-with-nipples George Clooney/Val Kilmer series).  I thought that Nolan’s series really got into the mind of someone (Bruce Wayne) who had the… Read More ›

Awkward Hug

My dad used to tell me a story about when I was a little kid and we were at playground at a public park.  I was playing in a sandbox with another kid (whom I did not know), and this kid gets mad at me and throws sand in my face.  While I have no… Read More ›