Category: growth

sentimentality and the death of Christmas idols

I’ve always been a particularly sentimental and nostalgic person, and it has increased significantly since moving away from my family, where this nostalgia is often born. Even as a teenager, I collected and kept things that represent memories and moments that are special to…

tight corners, feelings and self-talk

It’s always been a little been hard for me to be truly authentic with people when I feel hurt by them. Much of this is part of my own story, going back years and years of being taught that I was too sensitive and…

An Early Lenten Lesson

So, my first 5 days of Lent started out wonderful…. with me being sicker than a dog. I woke up Wednesday morning without a voice and by the afternoon I was so weak I could do little more than lay on the sofa and…

Trust

“You are going to have to decide if your unrest is the Spirit not giving you peace or your fear of following God into the unknown.” – Friar Tuck I’ve heard some say that it’s much easier to live with a sovereign Lord because…

Idolatry

(Okay… first I must say, about this image to the left. The Golden Calf in cereal? Awesome.) I’m just finishing up a class on the book of Joshua, which has been a wonderful and fruitful experience this semester. (I was actually nostalgic last night…

The Intimacy of Truth

I’m not usually a supporter of the repeated line in contemporary worship. It is an often over-used element in the cycle of a song, and tends to frustrate several people – in particular those who are fans of the traditional hymn, young or old…

Types of Growth – the Apples

My pastor and I had a heart to heart last night after rehearsal. I talked to him about my recent questions about residue, and he reminded me of something very, very important. We’re used to setting a goal, running the race, and crossing the…