Category Archives: Faith in Real Life

Where the rubber meets the road! Practical faith in everyday life. Learn to live your faith with peace, joy and authenticity in practical ways. Discover what gives you life, your strengths and how can you learn to leverage those strengths for living life well!

Christmas: An Overcoming Light

Do not lose Hope.  Do not be afraid. Perhaps a bizarre way to begin a Christmas message but it has been a season of pain and loss; personally and for many that I have had the opportunity to support on their journey.  Even in our news feeds there is no shortage of stories of pain,…
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Dealing with Grief through Christmas

Christmas can be stressful for many people - the gift buying, the intense social schedule, financial pressures.  These aside, for many people the holidays seem to make extra fresh the grief we feel with the loss of a loved one.  This grief can certainly be a result of losing a family member or close friend…
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Thriving and Surviving Christmas

The holiday season is upon us!  I unashamedly call it Christmas.  No, not in some attempt to stick it to the culture, but as a sincere sense of hope and meaning.  While the holiday has been hijacked by a manic pace of busyness and consumerism, the core of it all remains; a deep sense of hope…
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Santa Claus is Real… sort of

Ti's the season when our hearts are warmed by the Christmas tradition of giving to others. While deeply entrenched it is admittedly at times, over-shadowed by voracious consumption. Christmas traditions are numerous, rich and often very special to many worldwide. With the season also comes the gentle and not so gentle reminders to keep Christ…
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I’m Burnt Out on Outrage

I was speaking with a friend today who was expressing indignation at a particularly twisted bit of theology.  It was one of those things one can only shake one's head, with mouth agape in wonderment, at such profound theological abuse. I found that in reading it, I had no energy to be outraged.  Yes, it…
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Healing through Love

"Hurt people, hurt people."  Have you ever heard this saying? We all can recall a time when we have been on the receiving end of a hurting person, and truth be told, there are probably a few occasions where we have been the person doing the hurting.  When we don't deal with our hurt and…
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Confronting my Sacred Violence

As I continue to wrestle with my own violence, and the violence of my tribe, I am aware how I (we) often whitewash our violence with a smile, a bible verse or rationalize our aggression in the name of God (or God causes) as if the end somehow justifies the means. Violence, even sacred violence…
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Lost and Found

Have been bumping into many folks recently (myself included) who are feeling really stretched. They have a lot going on in their life and feel overwhelmed and a little lost in the swirl of unknowing that life can often be. This poem speaks to me, and maybe to you too? Especially this line: "Stand still.…
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The Welcome of God

Can you think of a time when you were made to feel really welcome? Where the host(s) went out of their way to ensure that you felt comfortable and well served? What did that look like? How did that make you feel? What difference did this make for you? How about in a situation where…
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Square Peg in a Round Hole World

David Hayward, aka as the Naked Pastor posted a cartoon recently (see above).   This cartoon spoke to me, and I am beginning to understand why I resonate with it, and it is for deeply personal reasons. Confession time. I feel like a square peg, and I have all my life.  For most of my…
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