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The Real Reason I Lost My Job: A Confession of Weakness

I lost my job. No, that's a lie. It makes it sound softer than the reality. The reality is I was fired, again. I was fired because I missed too many days of work. You know, attendance policies and all. I had too many sick days. I don't know what...

Grieving Church

Grief isn't a linear process It's twisty, curvy, circling back on itself as you experience it again and again. Grief is like waves washing up on a shore, they ebb and flow, moving changing, becoming rough at times, placid at others. Grief is a wound that takes time to heal...

How to Stay in Church: A Field Guide

I didn't want to leave. I didn't want to be another exit story, another dissatisfied customer, another exvangelical. I wanted to stay, to affect change, to help heal the wounds I saw bleeding out all around me. I wanted to be part of the people of God, even with all...

When We Were on Fire Again: A Post Resurrection Lament

We used to burn so brightly. There was something beautiful about our passion, our fire. We glowed and flickered, raged and shone brightly. We were the future, pastors, worship leaders, evangelists. We were the Joshua generation, charged with ushering the church into a promised land in the midst of a...

What I Know About Mental Illness

Let me tell you what I know about mental illness. It’s a beast to live with. It’s a struggle to manage the symptoms, the irrational irritability, the overwhelming sadness, the bone chewing anxiety. It throws everything in my life off balance and requires some serious skill to navigate. I don’t...