mental health & wellness, Scripture, spiritual, theological

Finding Freedom From Shame

This was originally posted on the blog of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA. A therapist once pointedly suggested that I was experiencing shame. I promptly suggested she was wrong. Shame is for people who’ve done egregiously terrible things, I thought (which is kind of all of us, I now realize, “for all have sinned and fall short… Continue reading Finding Freedom From Shame

cultural issues, spiritual

Jesus, Take The Wheel (Of My Prayer Life)

Some people take prayer walks. I've been one of those people. But lately, I guess I take prayer drives. Day-to-day drives past joggers, bikers (of the Harley Davidson variety and the Lance Armstrong variety), construction workers, and panhandlers. Or longer road-trip drives like I took this weekend through the hills of rural Virginia. Inevitably, I… Continue reading Jesus, Take The Wheel (Of My Prayer Life)

church, personal, Scripture, spiritual

In a Foreign Land

"How shall we sing the LORD's song in a foreign land?" - Psalm 137:4 I recently moved to the foreign land of North Carolina. To be sure, I am no Israelite in exile, for I chose to move here of my own free will, accompanied by all the familiar belongings that would fit in my… Continue reading In a Foreign Land

church, ministry, spiritual

On Orientation

orientation noun ori - en - ta - tion \ ȯr-ē-ən-ˈtā-shən : a person's feelings, interests, and beliefs : a main interest, quality, or goal : the process of giving people training and information about a new job, situation, etc. I have a very intelligent friend who has done research in medical anthropology, with a focus on… Continue reading On Orientation

spiritual, stories, work & vocation

5 Life Lessons from the Retail Industry

Over time, there have been seasons in life when I've worked retail jobs as my main or sole source of income. Recently, to my surprise, I've been truly grateful for my latest stint on staff at a store. Retail can be rough for many employees, but I've been blessed with fun co-workers, patient customers, decent… Continue reading 5 Life Lessons from the Retail Industry