Panning for Love | Reasons We Leave the Church

Church leaders are wondering why people are leaving the church in such numbers. Thich Nhat Hanh had a good grasp on it 20 years ago. Church authorities must strive to understand the suffering of their own people. The lack of understanding brings about the lack of tolerance and true love, which results in the alienation…

Sit & Listen | Sunday Conversations on Racism

I sat and listened. Story after story told by new friends about their personal experiences with racism. These weren’t stories they heard from their grandparents or stories they read on Facebook.  They were not retelling a story filtered down from a friend of a friend of a friend.  These stories were theirs.  The experiences were owned….

Begin To Savor | Thoughts on Life in Middle America

Perhaps it’s a 50/50 shot at happiness. Perhaps we are all doomed. Perhaps we are all destined for greatness. There are times when I can identify with any of the previous spots on the emotional life outlook spectrum.  I’m all over the map from day to day, hour to hour but I’m in recovery. I…

It Will Pummel You

Tonight I would like to offer you a quote from my dear friend Allen Weathers.  I heard Allen say this several months back.  It still effects me just as much today as it did the first time I heard it. I simply want to ask you to read this thought. Allow your mind to process…

Set Love Free

So much of our life is consumed and saturated with everything but love.  We can convince ourselves that Love is in this or Love is why we do that, but do we ever just live life fueled with Love and nothing else? I want to begin to love in a way that it is the…

It’s Found In The Valley

For the past two days I’ve been incredibly down.  I’ve felt like someone spiritually ran me over with a steam roller then came back around picked me up and did it again.  It’s weird because I’ve been very positive lately about business not being well and us not being at the top of our game…

The Tree Reminds Me

I recently watch The Tree of Life a film by Terrence Malick.  It was a truly beautiful film and was unlike any other film I’ve ever seen. Rather than give you a synopsis of the film I want to share what The Tree of Life reminded me and perhaps revealed to me for the first…

You Hear?

For me, the majority of my life that I’ve spent following Jesus, there have been very few occasions that I can say I have felt as if I “heard from God” in regard to what I should do.  For some reason Christians give off this impression that everyone should know what God wants them to…

Apples & Oranges

A simple yet complex question for the blog today. The things in your life that you do, from the most mundane to the most electrifying, from the most “spiritual” to the most “unholy”… Why do you do them? Think throughout your day.  Think of everything from the food you put down your throat to the…

For All To Hear

Outside of the obvious, there is something incredibly powerful beneath the surface when it comes to death.  Something that doesn’t quite bring joy. Even when a person has been suffering and leaves this earth for what’s beyond, we still grieve.  I grieve not for them, but for me.  I grieve because I will miss them,…

What If?

I once read, “What would the world think of us if we stopped demanding our way and starting laying down our lives and living sacrificially?” What if? What if we stopped complaining about gay rights or homosexuality hurting the sanctity of marriage and we actually began to stand up for the oppressed homosexual community with…

The Leisurely Stroll

Tonight in our round table discussion group we discussed living a life that is ironic.  We have detached ourselves from our beliefs in a way that puts just enough distance between us and what we find in scripture or even what we feel like God is urging us to do, that we can not do…

Sit Back

There are times in life when you simply need to sit back and allow all of it to settle.  That is what I am doing today – allowing it all to rest in order that  I may begin to process and sift. I do this best with music playing soft in the background, so here…

Losing It All

Is sacrifice part of it all? I know in the spiritual versus material, sacrifice is essential, but it seems like it is the major area in which many of us struggle.  Do we give up this stuff and follow Jesus or can we have our cake and eat it too, so to speak, or is…