community, ministry, personal, spiritual

Side Effects of a Seminary Semester

I’ve been drafting this one for about 4 months. It’s a chronicle of the “side effects” experienced over the course of my first semester of seminary – those unexpected, sometimes humorous, sometimes meaningful things that start happening and keep happening whether you like it or not. So, if you ever start seminary, maybe watch out… Continue reading Side Effects of a Seminary Semester

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community, mental health & wellness, Scripture, spiritual

By Prayer and Petition

I started a petition once. Just once. It started on a Sunday in 2010, shortly after I had entered a very stressful season. The preacher at church that morning talked about a portion of Philippians 4 that says this: "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving,… Continue reading By Prayer and Petition

mental health & wellness, Scripture, spiritual

Jesus Heals a (Sort Of) Paralytic

Paralysis by analysis: the state of over-analyzing (or over-thinking) a situation so that a decision or action is never taken, in effect paralyzing the outcome. ~~~~~~~~~~ I used to be paralyzed. In the paralysis by analysis sense, I mean. While wrapping up my undergraduate degree and for several months thereafter, I had a variety of options -- too… Continue reading Jesus Heals a (Sort Of) Paralytic

community, mental health & wellness, work & vocation

We Need To Talk

"We need to talk." What do you think of when you hear those words? I've been realizing over the last several months that, when I hear something like that, I immediately assume the worst. I worry, sometimes for days, that either a) I'm in trouble or b) someone close to me is in trouble. But… Continue reading We Need To Talk

mental health & wellness, spiritual

Life Is Like a Novel

I used to think life was like an anthology. Now I think it's more like a novel. Anthologies present one unrelated story at a time. You read a chapter, close it, and don’t need to return to it. Because the next chapter introduces new characters, new scenes, new story. We’re talking realistic fiction in one… Continue reading Life Is Like a Novel