Faith and Mental Health–Sisters, Not Twins

In beauty guru circles, there is a saying about eyebrows: they're sisters, not twins. Meaning, that your eyebrows are not going to look exactly alike and to try to make them so is futile.  Perhaps we should start using that analogy when talking about faith and mental health. Sure, they are related in that one can positively (or negatively) affect the other, but they are not the same thing.  Mental health ...

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Making a Life and not just a Living

Whatever you do, do it from the heart for the Lord and not for people. Colossians 3:23 (CEB) I have grown up and grown old with Madonna, and I have always been fascinated by her ability to reinvent herself in world that, as a whole, is incredibly resistant to change.  I recently ran across a quote from an interview she did with Vanity Fair many moons ago, and Madonna said, “This ...

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Wanna Be a Better Christian? Try a Little Kindness

Want to level up in your Christian faith, but the idea of a prayer journal or daily Bible study seems daunting? Not big into small groups? Why not try being kind? Not nice, but kind. Being kind is often confused with being nice. They are not the same thing at all. Niceness is pretty vanilla. Kindness goes beyond smiling and being polite and trying not to ruffle any feathers. Nice is inquiring ...

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Why I’m Building an Online Christian Community

For 15 years, I’ve been a small church pastor. I love knowing everyone and being invited into the most sacred moments of life—birth, baptism, confirmation, communion, marriage, illness and death. I love watching the people in the community love and serve together. It’s the best! As our culture has shifted, church on Sunday morning has become less of a priority and more of a problem. Youth sports, work schedules and the ...

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Do You Have a Faith Statement?

Recently, I was called upon to submit a statement of faith for a project I'm working on. I've done a number of these over the course of my life and ministry career, but this time I decided to toss out the seminary language and the "key words" I know the powers that be are looking for in a proper Reformed theology faith statement and just say what I believe.  Here's what ...

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Five Reasons I Love Dumplin’

Dumplin' is one of the latest original movies to hit Netflix. I watched it this weekend, and here are just five of the reasons I love it.  Note: all spoilers are thematic. No actual plot points revealed.   It centers around the wisdom of Dolly Parton...and its soundtrack is chock full of her music.  Dolly and I practice the same kind of Christianity--one that leans hard on faith and loving people (including yourself). When ...

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Why Doubting Believers are More Important than Ever

Friends, Now is the time to put your doubting skills and tendencies to work, and I'm not talking about God. I'm talking about information. When you receive information that just doesn't sound like something a particular person/organization/source would say, don't default to the-whole-world-has-gone-crazy-why-not-them way of thinking. Put on your doubting caps. Recently churches all over a Texas town got a mailer that was ostensibly from a local Presbyterian church urging them to to ...

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Are You a Doubting Believer?

Doubting Believer is an online, progressive and inclusive religious community of diverse followers of Christ.  Doubting Believers Seek to follow Jesus Christ Believe that everyone is welcome at the table Have lots of questions about how we should live out our faith Do not use religion as a weapon Encourage others in their faith journey Practice the new commandment--to love one another as Christ has loved us (John 13:34) Give of ourselves and our resources to help those ...

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Faith? That’s kinda personal

The other day at an event (that was in need of some music), I turned my I-tunes playlist over to a stranger, and it made me extremely uncomfortable.  I knew my phone was in good hands, but I was nervous about what this person might think if he started perusing my playlists. Would he judge me for the Barry Manilow songs? Would he imagine the reason I have the soundtracks for High ...

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Asking the Wrong Questions

John 9 I always find healing stories in the Bible problematic. It’s not that I don’t believe the stories. It’s not that I don’t believe that Jesus has the power to heal. It’s that it always brings up the question—if Jesus could heal this blind man, then why doesn’t he heal my blind friend…or my mother who is dying of cancer…or my child with cerebral palsey? If Jesus is this great ...

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