us vs. them

I’m tired y’all. And it’s probably not what you think. You see, I love politics. I even love talking about them and having a good old-fashioned debate. But I am thoroughly exhausted in our demonizing those who don’t agree with us. You will sometimes even hear people say, “I don’t want to get too political,…

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separation and good friday

Every year as I walk through Holy Week I try to have a fresh perspective. This year it has been thrust upon us all. And yet, there are still those determined to recreate the norm, defy scientific advice and endanger their own and those they come into contact with. I’m honestly at a loss for…

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holy week

It’s weird right. I mean, here we are entering into the most important time in the Christian calendar and it just doesn’t feel right. There was no procession of children waving palm branches on Sunday. There is no preparation for foot washing, communion, stations of the cross, Tenebrae, or even Easter Sunrise services. Although, we…

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holiness today…?

I grew up with a lot of certainty. I knew exactly what was wrong and what was right. I knew exactly who was in and who was out. I knew who I was supposed to associate with and who I was supposed to avoid. After all, this is the legacy that my church, The Church…

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she preaches

I often wonder why I engage on social media at all. At one time I remember it being about sharing pictures of your family or telling funny stories about your day or simply a way to reconnect with folks you don’t get to see all too often. But it seems like more and more that…

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the transformation of adoption

Those of you who have read my blog before know that I often find a way to talk about my kids. I mean, how could I not?!? They have transformed my life in so many ways. The crazy thing is, after being on the journey of becoming an adoptive and foster family for the last…

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infected

I am not even sure why I feel the need to blog/write today. I don’t really feel like doing much of anything. Truth be told I have had an infection in my hand for almost a week now and it is hard to get motivated to do much of anything. It is crazy how much…

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the Oscars and our inability to move on

The Oscars are a little less than two weeks away. And I know for many of you that may not be a huge deal, but I’m always curious to see which pictures take home the big prize and how many of my predictions come true. Of course this year is particularly unique as the Academy…

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death’s sting

In the last few months my wife and I have experienced the death of people we were incredibly close to. And just one of these occasions could leave you without words…but the passing of multiple people you thought of as family can leave you floored. And I know, as a pastor, I’m supposed to have…

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a healthy body

Yesterday I was having lunch with a friend and he asked me a pointed question about my morning routines. “So how many days a week do you usually run?” I responded with my typical five to six days a week, depending. He then asked, “Does your body not hurt?” And I thought a bit before…

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