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  • Maybe You Should Turn Back Now (reasons NOT to follow Jesus)

    There are a lot of really good reasons not to follow Jesus.   Seriously. Every August, the Discovery channel celebrates shark week. That’s usually my inspiration to celebrate some of the harder truths of our faith on my blog. This is one of them. Following Jesus isn’t nice. It’s not a great hobby or past-time. There …[ read more ]

  • God Doesn’t Need a Conflict-Free Church

    This week I’ve been asked to talk about hard conversations at a denominational conference whose theme is “Less Talk, More Action.” The irony has not escaped me. During a week dedicated to inspiring the church to less talk, more action, I’ll be talking about talking. When the preacher tells you that God has a special …[ read more ]

  • I May Have to Give Up Writing

    It’s been a drive that revs within me ever since I can remember. It predates my desire to write. And it began when I read the first stories I could read in my children’s Bible. It’s the drive not to just read the Bible, but to LIVE the Bible. On a cellular level, from the …[ read more ]

  • Sometimes Love is a Hard Conversation

    I have witnessed incredible courage in my times – bravery on the battlefield of childhood. Times when adults stood around muttering that “someone should do something” until a child, full of love, tugged the sword out of their stone hearts and became king of love and reason. An eight-year-old alone in a room of professionals, speaking up to say, “We’re not safe at home. We’re being …[ read more ]

  • Hijacking Jesus

    Here’s the thing – Lately, I’ve been hearing all kinds of conversations describing the followers of Jesus. Like a vicious version of the twelve blind men and the elephant – I’ve heard the talking-heads describe people of faith as bigots, haters, misogynists, war-mongers, jingoists, chauvinists, xenophobic, homophobic, sycophants who believe in archaic fairy-tales and conspire …[ read more ]