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How to Trust God in the Midst of Adversity

“I can do all things through Christ Who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13
I don’t think this verse is our promise from God that we can do anything we put our minds to. I think it is actually a verse of comfort from a guy who wrote it while chained in prison, encouraging the rest of us who are stuck in dire circumstances to keep trusting. I think this verse actually drives home the very crux of the Gospel of Grace: we can face all sorts of things and persevere through them, as long as we keep trusting in a faithful, changeless God.

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Why Psychological Safety is at the Core of Love

“…as counselors and neuroscientists continue to confirm, the ability to shape a narrative from your experiences, and to connect your story to a greater one, is essential for developing empathy, a sense of purpose, and well-being.”—Rachel Held Evans, InspiredImage by PublicDomainPictures from PixabayHide and SeekGrowing up in a small town in rural Alabama, my first […]

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God’s Embrace in the Midst of Desperation

I’ve just returned from a truly magical time on the West Coast. On Sunday 12/15, I had the distinct pleasure of speaking at my friend Marc’s church, Bridge City Church in Milwaukie, Oregon. This is the text from that sermon. -Steve Desperate for Hope ‘Oh God.’ Five letters. Two words. One exhale. Full stop. ‘Oh […]

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GUEST POST: The Velveteen Rabbit, Impossible Magic, and Finding Authentic Faith

”Deconstruction” has been a difficult concept for me to accept as a personal experience. Not because I’ve never questioned my faith and morality and worldview, nor am I disinterested in other’s journeys. And it’s not only because “deconstruction” as a thing has totally jumped the shark. What I struggle to accept is that someone once was not asking […]

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Jesus was a Zombie? The Death and Resurrection of My Faith

“Until and unless Christ is experienced as a living relationship between people, the Gospel remains largely an abstraction. Until Christ is passed on personally through faithfulness and forgiveness, through concrete bonds of union, I doubt whether he is passed on by words, sermons, institutions, or ideas.”-Richard RohrBRAAAAAAAINSI don’t talk to my kids about the Bible […]

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Missing Jesus: The Death of My Childhood Faith

“Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back, everything is different…”- C.S. Lewis (Prince Caspian)“I’m struggling hardcore, missing Jesus,” That’s the text I sent to my buddy Michael, three days before Christmas. I’ve had to sit with the uncomfortable truth that exists in this story for the past couple of […]

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Guest Post: And That’s When the Pastor Said I was Possessed

“Chris, you should know better than to ask that question. Do you want medicine to cloud your mind, cloud your judgment, and cloud your ability to be faithful to God. No, antidepressants are not a valid option for real Christians.”

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What the Hell is a Christian Agnostic?

After reading Catching Your Breath, the one thing everyone seems to want to know is this: what the hell is a Christian Agnostic?

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The Truth about My Ever-Evolving Faith

I don’t have it all figured out. And it’s okay that you don’t, either.

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Love is the Organizing Center of All that Is

Rev. Ed Bacon says that Divine Love is alot like a mandala.