When the Church Hurts You (part 1/5)

Hurt. Wounded. Injured. From friends, family, neighbors, employees and even from strangers.  Emotional and sometimes physical. But how do we handle hurt when it comes from the church? I remember the first time the church hurt us. Tony and I were serving in our first church staff positions.  We were naive, fresh out of seminary […]

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Dying to Live?

In 2015 my word for the year was LIVE.  On the heels of several funerals at the end of 2014 and beginning of 2015, death made me look at how I lived.  LIVE – to seize the day, to make every moment count, to stop and smell the roses, to be grateful in everything. As […]

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Is God a Promise Keeper?

Questions. Scenarios. Probabilities.  Sounds like my daughter’s math problems. Except these questions, scenarios, and probabilities are what is swirling around in my head like Tropical Storm Erika swirling out in the Atlantic. With School back in session, I dreamed of routines returned, stability reestablished and my mind miraculously resuming a more focused mode of operation.  […]

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Can Christmas Be Stress Free?

“Focus, Silas, focus,” seems to play like a broken record around our house these days.  Off to accomplish the simple instruction to brush his teeth, which should be a quiet affair, when I hear singing and the bathroom counter has become the little drummer boy’s drum. Instead of yelling from the kitchen, I decide to […]

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