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So Much More Than Fire Insurance

Sometimes a “fear based” theology works. And sometimes it doesn’t. In the 1940s - 2000s a predominant theme in American religious culture was “fire insurance.” People weren’t taught to question and explore scripture but instead trust it wholly as the inerrant,...

It Is All Going to Be OK!

Easy to hear, but do you believe it? Hearing it, believing it, and claiming it are very different things. A few weeks ago I found a file named, “Funeral Services.” I was preparing for the funeral of a Westie, (a personal who calls West his/her faith community home),...

Who Gets the Last Laugh?

It is ok to laugh at bad things. Have you ever been in a situation where it is HIGHLY inappropriate to laugh, yet you find something terribly funny, you start laughing, you try to HOLD IN the laughter, and you can’t? The more you try to hold in the laughter, the worse...

The Non-Perfect Uber Score Surprise

Did you know Uber riders get a score? I had no idea Uber riders had a score. So when I accidentally clicked something and found out I had a score, I was surprised. THEN, I was MORE surprised to learn that my score wasn’t perfect. How can you have a less than perfect...

When You Start Something

Have you ever heard the adage, “When you start something you need to finish it?” There is a joke about this. See what you think . . . “A Dr. on TV said to have inner peace we should always finish things we start and we all could use more calm in our lives. I looked...

Eyeing It or Compelled to Go?

Are you willing to be driven into the wilderness? When we went to the Holy Land in January one of the things I looked forward to sharing with our group the most was the “wilderness.” It was where Jesus was driven by the Holy Spirit after his baptism in the Jordan...

Dreams: From Lifeless to Living

Dreams are fascinating. They reveal to us our subconscious . . . and while I’m not an analyzer of dreams, I do think many (maybe not all) can be revealing if we meditate and pray about their meaning. Warning - the following might not make complete sense . . . but hang...

Shaking the Polaroid is No Longer a Thing

Back in the dark ages, the ‘70s, Polaroid cameras became very popular ways to capture images. ​It was during this time when a new process of developing film was introduced, dry development. Light was used to develop the film. In 1972, the iconic Polaroid SX-70 - a...

Who Gets the Last Word?

It is human nature to like or enjoy getting the last word. We’ve been heavily influenced by media and romanticism that whether or not it is through texting, phone calls, or face to face arguments, getting the last word can be advantageous to the relationship. Our...

Sometimes the End of the Story is Just the Beginning

When our kids were young story-time followed by prayers was a normal bedtime routine. At first it was easy . . . just think up some crazy plot line, tell the story, and then everyone could end their day in a fun, positive way. However as they aged, the stories had to...