A number of year’s ago, I had a book proposal rejected by a publisher. The book was based on the opening verses of Hebrews 11. 11 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 2 For by it the elders obtained a good testimony. 3 By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so … More Our Word’s Matter
Recently a friend told me that I deserve to be happy? Hearing those words took me back to one of the darkest times in my life–a season I touch on in the links on my last post, DMX and the Ballad of the Brokenhearted. Prior to the emotional crash I chronicle in that and other … More Do I Deserve To Be Happy?
I am not a victim! I know this for a fact and at the same time I cannot deny that there have been people, systems, and deep ignorance aimed in my direction attempting to make me one all of my life. But not just me. Since people have been people, there have been those who … More How To Win At Losing
About 6 years ago a friend I went to seminary with passed away unexpectedly. Steven was a book lover and so his family decided to have a book give away at the school. At first it felt kind of strange picking through his books, but in a way it felt like if I read some … More Waiting for Anthony Robbins
Ok people. I am aware that this message may confuse some of you so I am going to piggy back off of Jesus because whenever people want to sound authoritative they validate it by saying “Someone smarter than me said the same thing a long time ago.” So in the tradition of other people who … More Some Bridges Need To Be Burned
Somewhere in time there is a part of me that I visit frequently. He is in a dark room and he feels alone. He is living a lie. He believes that he is separate from God and from everything else in life–the consummate individual. Even though he knows that he can get up and walk … More Coming Out of the Dark…
Have you ever watched a documentary or life story about some awesome person who did some thing that you know in your heart was the right thing to do, only to walk away feeling kind of like you suck? Here is this person with all of this adversity that they go through to get to … More Let This Cup Pass (Feeling Crappy Is Not a Crime)
The Chinese words for mental illness are 精神病 Jingshen bing (spiritual sickness) and 心理疾病 xinlijibing (sickness in the heart). I think that is significant, because it says to me that the non-clinical mental illnesses that many of us contend with are directly influenced by our spiritual and emotional states. What do you think? I know … More Why Are We So Mental?
WARNING: This post can be depressing if you are the type of person that looks for the negative or positive in everything. I love you, but this post is not for you. This post is for people who are interested in taking responsibility for how they receive the world. Everyone else, I have to direct you … More The World Is Meaningless
In Ephesians 4:26, 27 it says “‘Be angry, and do not sin’:do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil.” This is a verse that I have had to remind myself of more frequently in the past few years than I ever have before. In general I am … More You Won’t Like Me When I Am Angry