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The Easy Way Out is NOT the Best Way Out!

Advent Meditations "Forgiveness" We’ve all done it, right? Take the easy way out of something? People are going to hurt us, disappoint us, frustrate us.  Period. We would not be human if we didn’t encounter some negative thoughts and ...

Keeping Score Requires Watching Both Teams

Advent Meditations "Forgiveness" What would it be like to go to a ballgame and be the “official score keeper” but you only watch one team? Imagine, let’s say a football game . . .  the opposing/visiting team scores a touchdown but no score ...

Do people want to go out to eat with you?

Advent Meditations "Forgiveness" Years ago, I served on a very large staff, and one thing we’d do to build community would be to go out to eat together every week after a staff meeting. Off we’d go, sporting our church staff apparel. The ...

Giving Up on Doing the “Chores!”

Advent Meditations "Forgiveness" Have you ever had chores that were a “MUST”  to do? Ones that you dreaded doing but they were expected so you had no choice but to do them? Recently I decided I would be ambitious and I would vacuum the ...

Love Gives Itself Away Over and Over Again

As much as we like to think of West as an amazing “church,” it is also a business. We manage supply/demand, risk-benefit ratio, cash flow, etc. We have trends just as any regular business does. Typically we do a decent job managing the business arm of the church. This Fall, however, was a bit of a challenge. First, reopening and rebranding after 18 months apart was significant. Then, the historically low “cash flow” months hit right when we needed to spend money on things that would enable us to manage two different worshiping opportunities in-person and online. So . . . one day, some difficult conversations had to be had around bank balance.

Who Wins When You Wrestle With Your Shadow?

The Disney character Peter Pan has a very unique shadow. At one point in the movie, Peter and his shadow chase each other around until Peter wrestles his shadow down so it can be sewn back onto his shoes.

The Missing Dog

When Tom and I adopted Axel, I was determined that he was going to "attach" to both of us equally. Or . . . maybe me a little bit more! 🙂 Nevertheless, we both wanted to be really intentional about his bonding with each of us, our respective ...

Digging For Gold: Finding Your Core Fear

Advent Meditations "Do Not Be Afraid" The American Counseling Association outlines a process of addressing and then deconstructing one’s core fear (called “digging for gold”). By working through this process, one can quickly and reliably ...

“No! I wasn’t angry!”

A while back I ended up in a huge debate with my therapist. “You were angry,” she said. “No, actually, I wasn’t angry at all. I was just sad.” “No, I’d encourage you to dig a little deeper with those feelings . . . yes, certainly you were ...

If I Can Do Just One More Thing. . .

If I do just this one more thing, then . . . . And you fill in the blank. Maybe it’s you hope to get the promotion at work. Make a higher grade on a test. Get the attention or win the affection of someone you are in a relationship with. Prove ...

Clover, the Superhero Rescue Dog Reveals the Nature of God

21-year-old Haley Moore was walking her family’s rescued Maremma mix puppy, Clover, in their neighborhood one day when suddenly she began to seize. She ended up collapsing on the side of the road. A neighbor’s security camera caught the heroic ...

Are you willing to chant at a NHL Match?

It's almost Thanksgiving! You know the drill, "What am I thankful for?" "Even when it seems there aren't things to be thankful for, if I pause and look long enough, most certainly I will find something!" But this Thanksgiving, I want to ...

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