When You Don’t Fit in At Church

Do you feel like a stranger in the very places that are meant to provide safe havens of familiarity, belonging, and friendship? A few weeks ago a somewhat transient-looking man stood up in the middle of the worship service I attend. My attention wandered as he told a ... Continue Reading ›

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When Life Propels You Into Thin Air

Life’s Thresholds Your life is full of thresholds — moments when unforeseen circumstance, choice, tragedy, or the inescapable momentum of life propels you to the extreme edge of all you’ve known. A critical move. A death. A major reversal. A ... Continue Reading ›

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God’s Vigil

What do you do when the heavens seem silent? Few challenges are so hard that they can’t be made worse by having to face them alone. When you feel bereft of God’s responsiveness to your, the painful loneliness can penetrate your bones. In this follow-up video to my earlier ... Continue Reading ›

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God’s Claustrophobia & A Crisis of Faith

This post is for anyone who feels they no longer “fit” in some vital part of their life. Even if you’re ambivalent about religion or spirituality (I’ll be relating my experience with surviving a crisis of faith)—or even if your experience of ... Continue Reading ›

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You Can Do Hard Things

When my oldest son was perhaps only four years old, he’d sometimes complain about how I’d asked him to do something “too hard.” To his four-year-old sensibilities, my request for him to put his toys away or to please put his pants on before going out in public must have ... Continue Reading ›

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What Does Awesomeness Smell Like?

The other day, I noticed that my seven-year-old was smelling his wrist…. Here’s how our surprisingly enlightening dialogue went: Me: “What are you doing, silly?” Son: “Smell this.” (Offers me his arm) Me (relieved): “I don’t smell anything.” Son: “Dad, it’s the smell ... Continue Reading ›

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Fatherhood Fraud or Bona Fide Dad?

Grouchy Dad A few days ago my family returned from a vacation to California. Our boys are old enough now that they’re out of diapers, don’t need us to plan our schedules around nap-time, and only fight with each other, run into the street, or climb on things they’re not ... Continue Reading ›

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Wonder, Mortality, & Small Awakenings

I woke up in the hospital. The doctor told me I’d been in a serious car accident (“they cut off the top of the car to get you out...”), and that I’d lost a dangerous amount of blood internally—he told me that he couldn’t predict how things would turn out. My life wavered ... Continue Reading ›

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Relax—I’ve Got You

Wrestling with Elephants We can fight so hard with our challenges. We feel an urgency to crack the code to our dilemmas, once and for all. Our rigorous efforts have an important place—yet, sometimes we rely so much on our own tenacity that we cut ourselves off from other ... Continue Reading ›

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Expanding Your Open, Broken Heart

As I explored in my previous post, opening yourself to resonate with another’s pain is a risky endeavor—when you stop avoiding or fixing, and really open your heart to someone’s pain, you’re going to feel it. You’re going to hurt too. But as you courageously open yourself ... Continue Reading ›

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