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Every One of Your Failures Is an Opportunity for Grace

I’ve always had trouble with school rules. This isn’t because I’m some kind of “rules are made to be broken” sort of person, although sometimes, like most kids, I did intentionally flout one rule or another. The more common problem was that I had a knack for accidentally discovering rules no one had bothered to […]

Q&A: How Do I Maintain Boundaries with Someone Who Has Mental Illness?

I receive a lot of inquiries from people asking for advice about living with mental illness, loving someone with a mental disorder, and doing ministry among people with mental illness and their families. I can’t offer the kind of advice and help a mental health professional can give, but I can point people in the […]

Planning a Retreat? We Can Help!

Are you looking for speakers, or a great idea, for an upcoming retreat? You came to the right place–for both. I’m excited to announce I’m partnering with spiritual director and retreat queen Jen Manglos. We’re working together to develop and offer weekend retreats, and we’re willing to come to you. Here’s what we provide: • […]

The Problem with That Big Sunday Morning Show

I was at a Christmas Eve service–just a few weeks ago–when I finally figured it out. We were out of town for the holiday, and this was just another megachurch in another American metropolis, looking and feeling and sounding exactly like most of the other big evangelical churches we’ve seen in recent years, singing the […]

Fort Lauderdale, the Law, and Love

I recently wrote an article for the blog at Evangelicals for Social Action, and while I typically don’t post partial articles here, I wanted to do it this time because the topic is timely and the mental health connection is relevant to many of you. You can start reading the article here, then click on […]

On Edge: A Book Review

I’m excited to review another resource related to mental illness, one that adds another dimension to the collection of books I’ve recommended here. This one is written by a mental health professional with a passionate vision for seeing churches step into a proactive role in providing not only support and loving community, but much-needed access […]

12 Ideas for Making This a Good Year

Generally, I don’t make New Year’s Resolutions. I figure any day of the year is a good day for starting a new habit, breaking an old one, or pursuing a better version of myself. And let’s face it, it’s hard enough to make one minor change in life; committing to a major overhaul, all at […]

What Are You Here for This Year?

Ready or not, 2017 is here. And with this fresh year comes an opportunity to think about what we’re doing with all that God has given us. Let’s pause and talk about stewardship. “Stewardship” does not seem like a very exciting word, especially because we tend to use it in boring ways, mainly when we’re […]

Churches: Take a Lesson from the Postal Service

Good news: for the beleaguered U.S. Postal Service, business is growing more stable. Bad news: the agency still lost $5.8 billion in fiscal 2016 and has lost at least $1 billion each year for 10 years in a row. Although the U.S. Postal Service is unique in many ways, it serves as a perfect example […]

10 Last-Minute Gift Ideas

As a service to all the people in my life, I’m taking the time to post my Christmas list here, in case anyone is looking for last-minute ideas. So check it out if you haven’t gotten me anything yet and you have several thousand extra dollars lying around! 1. A couple of nights for two […]

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