A Gentle Lent

We are tired. Does the idea of embarking on a Lenten discipline just wear you out? Does a daily practice seem like an insurmountable objective? What if gentleness was the key to finding the strength and energy you need this Lent? https://youtu.be/ze6ngM96xJo Join me for A Gentle Lent this March. Learning to be gentle with ourselves gives us a glimpse of the love Christ has for us and puts us in a much better ...

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Black History Month Reading from a Super White Book Lover

So yes, I know that someone as white as I am might not be your first go-to for recommendations for Black History month reads. Mine is by no means an exhaustive list, simply books that I've found educational, inspiring and/or convicting. Check out these books at your locally-owned bookstore. If you are near one of these Black-owned bookstores, be sure and patronize them as you build you expand your reading. ...

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Ten Reasons to Keep Online Church

There have been many calls (including a New York Times op-ed piece) for churches to cease offering service online because it's time for people "to come back to church." There is so much wrong with this way of thinking, I had to make a list. So here are my ten reasons churches should not give up their online presence. One The most obvious: you don't want to be ableist. In ...

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Going Home By Another Way

It's Epiphany! The day that we celebrate the mysterious wise men who come from the East to visit the Baby Jesus. Herod tries to trick them into revealing the location of this baby whom he believes threatens his empire, but we know that the wisemen were warned in a dream to avoid Herod and go home by another way. That must have taken some courage. After all, they could have ...

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Final Feel Good Friday: Best of Doubting Believer 2021

Friends, for almost four years, every Friday, I've brought you things to read, watch and listen to that are sure to make you smile. Because we all could use a little good news. It's the longest running spiritual discipline of my life, and I hope you have, indeed, smiled, laughed and been encouraged. But it's time to put Feel Good Friday to bed for now. Doubting Believer has grown so ...

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Forgiveness vs Reconciliation (they’re not the same thing)

Christmas means celebrating, but also navigating difficult family relationships. Sometimes, our desire to be "good Christians" may cause us to handle these situations in less-than-healthy ways. To that end, I wanted to clarify the difference between forgiveness and reconciliation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hntFtBq3bUY If you will be navigating difficult relationships this Christmas, take radically good care of yourself. A few more things to remember: Self-care is not selfish.Other people's happiness is not your ...

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Pay No Attention to the Three Cs

This season, as you gather with friends and family and friends who have become family, there are bound to be some relational hiccups (euphemism is one of my spiritual gifts). Here are three things (that all conveniently start with the letter C) that you should give up engaging in or listening to so that you can thrive instead of merely survive during the holidays. Comparison You are a beloved child ...

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Don’t Forget to Breathe

In the midst of the hustle and bustle and stress and uncertainty of this holiday season, never, ever, ever, ever underestimate the power of stopping to breathe. It's powerful...and it's easy. Throughout the Old Testament the spirit of God is is described by the word ruah, which means breath. God is the breath of life. We cannot live without breathing, and we cannot live without God. So it is not surprising that ...

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