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Social media, smartphones, and our spiritual health

2007 changed everything. In 2007 Facebook left college campuses and broke out into the rest of the world. In 2007 Twitter became its own…

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…

Bible 101

3 words that will change your Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a spiritually dangerous time of year. Why? Because this is a season when many of us put our joy, happiness, peace, and…

Taboo

I love my tattoo (and what I said to those who didn’t)

Recently, I posted a picture on Instagram that got as many comments as my previous 19 pictures combined. What caused the stir? My tattoo….

Living My Faith

I’m tired of rivalries

In the past two weeks, I’ve had a couple of people from two different schools say things—either outright or subtly—to let me know we…

Living My Faith

What this televangelist learned from televangelists

If words mean anything, I am technically a televangelist. Tele = “TV.” Ev = “Good” in Greek. Angel =“Messenger” in Greek. Since I am…

Social Issues

Time for a renovation

I drove by a strip club today. Well, a former strip club. This place of business closed down and went up for sale after…

Depression & Anxiety

How to switch from reacting to preventing suicide

I met her at the airport. Within a few minutes, the woman told me, “I’ve been at two funerals in the past two months—and…

Life’s Challenges

The thing you need more than more time

I had a light bulb spiritual moment the other day. My friend and I were reflecting on the past summer, sharing struggles and spiritual…

Living My Faith

Showing up

Woody Allen is credited with saying, “Eighty percent of success is showing up.” If you check other sources, he might also have said that…

Bible 101

Our streets are so violent

The human race just can’t get over having been expelled from Paradise. We just cannot shake the illusion that there should be heaven on…

Bible 101

Where does your compass point?

If you are a fan of the movie series Pirates of the Caribbean, you know all about Captain Jack Sparrow’s magic compass. His compass did…