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Someone…

Those moments of success in your life? You didn’t get there alone. Sure, you might think that you have.  We like to write our own success stories.  “Hey, look what I did!  Look who I know!” After all, we took the steps.  We answered the call.  We took the reins.  We made the difference.  Whether… Read More ›

Exposing the Secrets – Confessions of a Person Called to Ministry (part 3)

My list of confessions continues to grow.  Maybe that’s the nature of a journey of transition and healing – to IDENTIFY the things that hurt you and move on.  Confession can be painful, but it’s ultimately one of the most liberating, cathartic experiences you can have.  Because – as with everything else in our walk… Read More ›

Where morning dawns…

I got up and took a walk this morning.  If you know me, you’re probably shocked.  If you don’t know me, well…you should be shocked.  I’m trying to develop a lot of new habits, and walking is one of them. I do it for two reasons.  First, it’s a step towards getting “un-fat” (and is… Read More ›

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 ›

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 ›

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 ›

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 ›

Transition Survival Guide

Okay, this post is a bit of a “cheat” because I really don’t know how to survive a transition in ministry.  I have no real guide, because I’m still IN the transition.  I’ve not emerged on the other side yet.  I only know some of the things that have happened along the way.  So don’t… Read More ›

Seeing

As a teenager, I remembered driving down the road and pulling up to a red light next to what appeared to be a beautiful Lamborghini Countach.  It was bright red with chrome rims.  The dude inside looked like Magnum P.I. (which, at the time was still cool).  As I sat next to him at the… Read More ›