May We Never Forget That We Are Never Invincible

May We Never Forget That We Are Never Invincible

I was just about to leave for the office and the Today Show was on. The first plane had hit and no one really knew why for a few minutes. The second plane removed all doubt. The next few hours were filled with phone calls with church members who had loved ones...
You Choose What You Focus On

You Choose What You Focus On

You rarely get to choose your circumstances. You can’t stop world hunger, pandemics, or global economic conditions. But you can choose what you focus on. Think of your focus as a kind of currency. You can literally only have one conscious thought at a time, so in each...
Escape the Rat Race

Escape the Rat Race

When we lived in southern California, we lived just off the 5 freeway in a neighborhood in Laguna Hills. I still miss being able to keep the balcony sliding door wide open pretty much year round because there were no bugs. Know what I don’t miss? The traffic. On the 5...
Leaning Into Your Inner Community

Leaning Into Your Inner Community

Your body is a temple, and your soul – your mind, emotions, and will – is the inner sanctum where you meet with the influence of the Divine on a day-to-day basis. And there, in that inner sanctuary, is an entire inner community, waiting to help lead you...
Why Do We Get Lost?

Why Do We Get Lost?

A couple of years ago, I feel completely lost. I had just stepped away from a career (full-time pastoral ministry) in which I’d spent my entire adult life. I was disillusioned with the nature of the evangelical church in America. And I had big questions about...

Powerful Morning Declarations (Back to School Edition)

While I believe in the power of repetition for forming our minds, I also think variety is helpful, too, so I have other sets of morning affirmations I read at other times, which I’ll share in future posts. But for those of you who have school-aged kids and who happen...
Choosing Joy Over Cynicism

Choosing Joy Over Cynicism

Hear me out, especially if you’re prone, as I am, to cynicism. I just finished reading Rainn Wilson’s Soul Boom: Why We Need a Spiritual Revolution, and he raised a pretty thought-provoking point about cynicism: I propose that the opposite of cynicism isn’t...
Surfing the Waves of Grief

Surfing the Waves of Grief

Grief comes in waves. You might be familiar with the popular concept of the five stages of grief. They are… Denial Anger Bargaining Depression Acceptance And what do we do with anything expressed as “stages?” In our modern, western culture, we treat...
Walking Humbly While Waiting for Your Moment

Walking Humbly While Waiting for Your Moment

On the one hand, you can’t do anything you put your mind to. Some things aren’t possible just because you believe they are. That’s why superhero movies are so popular – we get to watch fictitious characters do all the impossible things we wish...

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