Mental Illness, Jesus, and Me

I am one of those ministers who has endured a handful of seasons of anxiety and depression. Most of the time, thankfully, the affliction has been more low-grade than intense. On one occasion, though, it pretty much flattened me physically, emotionally, and even spiritually. I call this particular season my ‘living nightmare.’ That season, as well […]

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Sex, Scripture, and Modern Times

Among those who identify as Christian, there is current an ongoing debate—and in some cases deep disagreement, confusion, misunderstanding, and even mischaracterization and slander between tribes around the subject of sex and marriage. Some adopt a more strident posture that seems (and often is) lacking in pastoral compassion, empathy, and grace. “The Bible says it, […]

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“Don’t Wrestle With Pigs” (Thoughts on Handling Criticism)

I hate it when people criticize me. Yet being criticized is to be expected when you are an influencer or a leader. Even the best parents routinely get criticized by their children, bosses by their employees, coaches by their players, athletes and artists by their fans, teachers by their students, and pastors by their congregants. […]

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How Self-Proclaimed Two-Faced Hypocrites are a Credit to Christianity

One of the most bothersome and refreshing things about the Bible is all the screw-ups that are in there, whom God loves nonetheless. The hypocrite story traces back to Eden, where Adam and Eve—humanity’s first parents—ate the fruit forbidden by God. The rest, as we know, was history. After Adam and Eve, there came others: Noah […]

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