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Life’s Challenges

Addiction, recovery, and the church

A few months ago, my coworker Pastor Bill met with our city’s mayor. Pastor Bill asked him what the most critical issues in the…

Life’s Challenges

4 kinds of sins (and the 1 God prefers)

If you’re going to sin against God, make sure you sin against him in the right way. Obviously, God doesn’t want you to sin…

Friends & Family

Rise of the nones

I am of the Baby Boomer generation. We have much to be proud of, but much also of which to be ashamed. Our parents…

Bible 101

When church hurts

Church at its best is magnificent: the Word is taught in its truth and purity, ideas about worship and ministry are freely exchanged, leaders…

Friends & Family

An ode to the guy from the bathroom

I wish you would’ve met Charles. I assumed it was going to be a normal airport bathroom stop, squeezing my carry-on into the stall…

Life’s Challenges

What Should I Say When . . .

I don’t know about you, but this being-a-grown-up thing kind of stinks. A quick poll of your friends (and your life!) will show you…

Depression & Anxiety

Getting someone off the ledge

Last month the board that oversees the Golden Gate Bridge approved a $76 million funding plan for a suicide-prevention net. In 2013, 46 people…