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Post-Retreat Reality

By | Jesus, Relationships | 4 Comments

  Hey friends, on the heels of un/defined, I wanted to republish this post I wrote a while ago about getting back to reality after a “mountain top” experience at a retreat. Hope it’s helpful to you!  Drawing back on my decade-ish of retreat experience, this is what I know: I know that what has happened in our hearts this weekend is not as important as what will happen in…

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Running in the Dark

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This morning I dragged myself out of bed to run. And by run, I mean stagger through the dark and call it exercise. It was soupy-fog-dark, a dark that made even my feet feel far away, swallowing the dim beam of my flashlight before it ever had a chance to shine. Faith is running in the dark. It’s putting one foot in front of the other even when you can…

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A Morning Rescue Prayer

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Father, be kind to me for I am not good at being kind to myself  Father, be near to me I’ve wandered so far and cannot find my way home  Father, be strong for me for I’ve carried burdens too heavy for my heart  Father, be real to me I’ve fashioned a mirage of impressions and smoke  Father, show love to me for I need more than doctrine to know I’m alive …

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Decisions.

By | Jesus, Leadership | 4 Comments

This is the last post in a series On why I’m Becoming a Pastor. You’ll want to start here. If God wanted me to be a pastor, why didn’t he make me a man? I’ve thought that so many times. I’ve thought it as a question, as an argument. I’ve prayed it with defiant anger and I’ve prayed it with sad frustration. I’ve prayed into the mystery of it for…

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Enter Doubt.

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This is part three of a series called “On Why I’m Becoming A Pastor.” You’ll want to start reading here first. One of Doubt’s strongest assets is her timing. She stays quiet for me until a decision is made, until a direction is set, and then she begins. She is relentless. She’s like a friend at the movies who whispers constantly in your ear, commentating the whole thing. But Doubt…

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The Diversion

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This is part two of a series. Start here first. I wore a blue sweater dress and black flats with a big bow on the toe. We stood in a receiving line and I locked hands with hundreds of people, who congratulated us kids like we had done something to deserve it; somehow because our dad was being promoted also promoted us. I remember thinking how important it felt to be…

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On Why I’m Becoming A Pastor.

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  Fifteen years ago this month, I sat in the back row of a nondescript classroom and thought I don’t belong here.  Nearly everyone else in the room was at least ten years older than me, and male. I loved the professor and loved what he said even more. He talked passionately about the church, about her story, about our story in it. I was captivated. I was captured by the story. I know…

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Hello, Beauty Full

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Elisa Morgan is the real deal. I first met Elisa at a conference and I was a little starstruck. Not because she engenders that–she’s as down-to-earth as they come–but because she’s a fierce leader (CEO of MOPS for many years), a passionate and insightful bible teacher, and an authentic soul. Elisa’s book She Did What She Could inspired me to take my calling seriously. Elisa’s memoir The Beauty of Broken made me laugh, cry,…

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Love Beyond Reason

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Although I love the chance to travel and speak, there’s something so special about being in my home church. During one service, I welcomed 4-week old twin girls attending their first service (with the bows on their heads that were bigger than their faces), hugged some teary-eyed friends going through all the stuff life brings, and got to preach with my other friends in the front row with their adopted…

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4 Ways to Get Past Failure and Into Freedom

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Last night I got into an altercation with my young daughter. She wanted to watch a TV show; I wanted her to go to bed. What came next was a series of escalating arguments that ended with one person running out of the room crying and the other person weary and disappointed. (I’ll let you figure out who was who.) As grown-ups, we have a responsibility to steward our lives…

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