Category: Challenges

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Deconstruction

  I am in a writing group aptly named, “Post-Evangelical Writers Group.” Unless you have been to church you may not know about the current exodus happening from American Christianity. The 2015 book, “Church Refugees: Sociologists Reveal why People are DONE with Church but not their Faith,” by two sociologists, Ashleigh Hope and Josh Packard, declared that 30 million formerly active Protestant American church goers are “Done” with church and 7 million are on the way out.  I don’t know what the current statistics are, I’m guessing they have grown. My group is putting together a book to publicize the reasons...

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2018

“If you could have anything in your life at this moment, what would it be?” I dreamed that I was with a group of people and we were going somewhere I hadn’t been before. As we waited, I picked up my bags and they were so heavy I couldn’t move them. I wondered, “How did I even get here, I literally cannot lift this bag!” I was rearranging the stuff I had, taking things out and piling them up to take and leave in the car. My friends had to help me, as it was all too much. I had...

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Wizards & Lizards

“What will you do now?” solicits my lawyers. “What do you really, really want?” beg my friends. “How will you make the payment?” demands the mortgage broker. Gandalf reminds me, “All [you] have to decide is what to do with the time that is given [you].” Oh, is that all? I’ve never wanted what Richard Rohr warns about in Falling Upward, his book about the second half of life. “Merely to survive and preserve our life is a low-level instinct that we share with good little lizards.” I like the Wizard more than the Lizard. Having an internal belief that...