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The Simple Man’s Beatitudes

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“If a man who was merely a man said the sort of things Jesus said, he would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic-on a…

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The Holy Spirit: Comforter or Crazy Cousin?

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When you think of the Holy Spirit, what images come to mind? Growing up, the Holy Spirit felt like that distant cousin we saw only at family reunions. The one…

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Why I Stopped Hating The Church

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When I was twelve, I fell off my bike and hurt my arm, bad. We didn’t have much money and my dad, an EMT, was from a different generation. You…

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Three Ways To Start Over On New Year’s Day

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Mondays have gotten a bad rep through the years, but I look at it as a weekly do-over. Monday is a chance, every single week, to do something bigger, better,…

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Five Awkward Types Of Jesus In Christian Music

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I’ve been surrounded by Christian music all my life. I grew up in Amy Grant’s paved paradise,  and felt the sting of the rose Michael W. Smith sang about, as…

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Make Me A Best Seller

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I’ve always wanted to write a book.  I think it started when I won the Halloween poetry contest, sponsored by “Paw Paw’s Pizza” (yes–real place).  I was in the 1st…

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To Those Who Feel Separated From God

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“God loves you unconditionally, as you are and not as your should be, because nobody is as they should be.”–Brennan Manning AMAZING GRACE One of my favorite books of all-time…

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Fireflies Forever

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God of the sunset The trees, silhouetting against the wispy white cotton candy Covering faint blues and grays And the slightest pinks. Light, careening toward the hills Colors, crashing into…

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Jesus Plus Nothing Equals Everything

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 “Every sin is an attempt to fly from emptiness.” Simone Weil I am my own punching bag. I don’t even glove up. I go at it, bare-knuckled. I pull the…

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Grace For The Horn Honkers

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I had just left a work meeting at Children’s Hospital and was walking across the parking deck. The place was packed. The concrete citadel was loaded with automobiles plus hurried…

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…unless you’re gay and overdrawn.

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I had finished my radio show in Birmingham and was moved by the interview. The in-studio guests for the night were a former “Meth Momma” and her two teenage sons.…

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On Failed Suicide And Radical Grace

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For months, I couldn’t take the smell of black coffee. I tried to drink hot tea and almost threw up. Last night I had a Benadryl before bed to help…

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