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Good Cop vs Bad Cop

Good Cop vs Bad Cop

Good cop, bad cop bites. Have you ever been around a child who plays the whole "good cop/bad cop" game? Actually, it is something that isn't limited to children. Adults play that game as well, even though it is one marked by extreme ...
It Just Takes that LITTLE Bit!

It Just Takes that LITTLE Bit!

Sometimes we wonder why we keep reaching out to God but we don't hear or receive any response. We feel as if our prayers go unanswered. As if they fall into an abyss of darkness, a void, a black hole. Or - maybe even we feel like when we offer ...
Jesus Did Not Intend to Create An Institution

Jesus Did Not Intend to Create An Institution

Jesus did not come to build systems or new institutions. Just over a week ago I had the opportunity to visit a relatively "new" church (per United Methodist standards) and share with that church my doctorate thesis. Wesley Seminary requires ...
It Just Takes that LITTLE Bit!

It Just Takes that LITTLE Bit!

Sometimes we wonder why we keep reaching out to God but we don't hear or receive any response. We feel as if our prayers go unanswered. As if they fall into an abyss of darkness, a void, a black hole. Or - maybe even we feel like when we offer ...
We Never Have to Go It Alone!

We Never Have to Go It Alone!

There are several parts of The Shack that are painful and difficult to read. The first is in the beginning when we read of the kidnapping of Missy, the search that ensues, and the realization that the kidnapping ended in death. While the details
It’s Hard to Let Go

It’s Hard to Let Go

One day I was preparing to make a hospital visit when my phone rang and the voice on the other end said, "You need to come now. My dad is dead and my mom . . . I just can't get her to let him go." It was a family I'd had the privilege of being ...
A Passive-Aggressive “It’s All Good!”

A Passive-Aggressive “It’s All Good!”

"It's all good!" This is a statement that was widely used by many to mean anything BUT "It's all good!" As defined by Urban Dictionary, it is a platitude that covers so many emotions and situations but actually it says little; its only real ...
The Power of Judge Judy

The Power of Judge Judy

Our society has an affinity for certain judges. Judge Judy has it going on! In July 2010 when Judy Sheindlin's contract was renewed for Judge Judy, her salary increased to $45 million per year. It was later reported in October 2013 that ...
Are Mosquitos Necessary?

Are Mosquitos Necessary?

Sea levels are rising. Global sea level rose about 6.7 inches in the last century. The rate in the last decade, however, has nearly doubled that of the last century. Global temperatures are rising. The number of record high temperature events ...
It’s Hard Work!

It’s Hard Work!

Do you like to garden? You know, get down on your knees and dig in the dirt? Rarely do you find people "in the middle" in their opinion of gardening. Some people REALLY LOVE it - the whole playing around in the dirt, pulling up the old plants, ...
Imagination of Freedom or Fear?

Imagination of Freedom or Fear?

Mack and Jesus were having an interaction around Mack's walking across the lake, literally. Like Peter, Jesus wanted Mack to walk on water. Mack, in his skepticism and nerves replied, "What am I afraid of?" "Well, I am afraid of looking like ...
We Can Justify Everything!

We Can Justify Everything!

"One last comment," Mackenzie added. "I just can't imagine any final outcome that would justify all this." "Mackenzie," Papa rose out of her chair and walked around the table to give him a big squeeze. "We're not justifying it. We are redeeming

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