When You Feel Damaged, Invisible, Irrelevant, and Ashamed

By scottsauls | November 25, 2018

One day, a friend name Jane sent me the following email: Dear Scott, Can I be honest with you? Can I share with you about some of the demons that haunt me? It feels risky to say these sorts of things to my pastor, but here goes… I doubt my love for Jesus, sometimes I […]

Thoughts on Messy Families, Church, and Grace at the Holidays

By scottsauls | November 18, 2018

While being “the most wonderful time of the year” for some, the holidays can be lonely, alienating, and isolating for others.¬†Loneliness, alienation, and isolation often come from struggles related to family. Many of us have at least one “Cousin Eddie” situation that confronts us during the holidays, and that tempts us to look at our […]

Mental Illness, Marines, and Ministers

By scottsauls | November 9, 2018

Ours is a nation weary of the kind of death, mourning, crying, and pain that the Scriptures speak of in Revelation 21. This weariness of ours is animated greatly by one mass shooting after another, the latest of which took twelve lives at a social gathering place along the lovely California coast.¬†As the story developed, […]

Following Jesus Into A Political No-Man’s Land

By scottsauls | November 5, 2018

Partisan politics tend to stir emotions more than just about any subject. They bring out the best in us, and also the worst. Like religion, politics can be polarizing and divisive, something we avoid at the dinner table. God invented government, but man invented politics. I suppose that therein lies the problem. The good things […]