Learning the Secret of Being Content

By scottsauls | July 24, 2022

If you are familiar with my work and story, you may recall that I have experienced anxiety and depression from time to time. I have had other hurts also. I have buried a few family members and lost some friends to suicide. I have been immobilized by hypochondria and chronic sickness, diminished by insomnia and […]

In Praise of Pastors Who “Dare Greatly” by Staying Put

By scottsauls | July 17, 2022

The year 2020 was quite a year, the best summary I saw being a meme of five adjacent portable toilets, all of them on fire. The caption read, “If 2020 Were a Scented Candle … ” For many, it kept going. As one pastor friend said to me earlier this year, “I can’t wait for […]

Roe v. Wade Has Been Overturned…What Now?

By scottsauls | July 14, 2022

Ambivalence about the life/choice debate is not an option for a follower of Christ. My position as a minister, a disability and special needs advocate, a former crisis pregnancy counselor, and a husband whose wife experienced miscarriage, have made the subject near and dear to me personally. In the current cultural moment, which includes ideologues […]

No Offense, But Why Are We So Easily Offended?

By scottsauls | July 10, 2022

In his book, We Learn Nothing: Essays and Cartoons, political cartoonist and New York Times Op-Ed writer Tim Kreider describes the modern epidemic that he calls “outrage porn:” “So many letters to the editor and comments on the Internet have this…tone of thrilled vindication: these are people who have been vigilantly on the lookout for […]

To the Impostor, Approval Suck, and Chameleon in Us All

By scottsauls | July 2, 2022

People are like chameleons. We’re exceptionally good at hiding. Why do we hide? Because rejection is simply too painful to bear. The chameleon in us—or what Brennan Manning has called the Imposter—is represented by multiple “colors” or masks that we use to hide ourselves and fit in. Most of us have a work self, an […]