Heart Attacks and Losing Our Minds

Heart Attacks and Losing Our Minds

Not long ago, a man I did ministry with here in Chattanooga, Anton, went into cardiac arrest.  Then things only got worse: he was put into a medically induced coma, was 100% on a breathing machine, and worst of all, the front portion of his brain ceased functioning.  Anton’s family was facing the question of letting nature take its course, or putting him in a nursing home for the rest of his life...

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Getting Answers From God

Getting Answers From God

Years ago, while still in college, I remember being furious with God.  For months I had been praying for an answer to a specific question I had about a difficult situation in my life, and had only been met with silence.  Even more offensive to me was the fact that God had provided clear, direct answers to a myriad of other things I had been praying about during this time period—we’re talking the kind of answers that make you look up to Heaven and say, “WOW!  There is a God!”  

So why in the world was He remaining silent concerning this issue?  

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Familiar Pain

Familiar Pain

Two weeks ago I went through a life-threatening, traumatic and extremely frightening experience. I hadn’t done anything to provoke or deserve the intrusion and as many innocent victims understand, the feeling of powerlessness and fear leaves scars and leaves you wondering if it’s possible to return to the state of mind and heart that existed before the event. To be honest, at this point I feel like I may never see the world in the same way again. I don’t feel it necessary to describe the event as I write, but I do want to speak into what I’m learning from it.

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Creativity: Within Our Words & Hands & Thoughts

Creativity: Within Our Words & Hands & Thoughts

When I was pregnant with my daughter, I spent a lot of time working out in my parents’ garden. See, I was struggling with depression, and being able to put my hands in the dirt, root up the bad stuff, create new flower beds, plant new things, and tend to them brought so much wonderful healing to my life. I found so many “life lessons” in gardening.

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More Than Ecumenical Mush - An Appeal to Unity

More Than Ecumenical Mush - An Appeal to Unity
Jesus came and lived in a time when there was no closed canon of Scripture, and there were distinct religious groups who all had different perceptions of how they believed God wanted them to live.  You had Essenes, Pharisees, Zealots, and Sadducees. Some of them started following Christ, all at the same time, without everything being worked out—and it worked because God was in their midst.
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To Run Our Own Race

To Run Our Own Race
I don’t know about you, but living life alongside so many different humans, along with having access to see thousands of other people’s lives through the media, it’s so easy to compare my life to theirs. In fact, more than easy. In fact, it’s probably kind of automatic for many of us.  What are other women wearing these days? What kinds of homes do other people my age have? How many kids? How much money? How happy are they? How perfect do they look? What kind of adventures are others having that I haven’t had? How old should my daughter be when I let her get a cell phone because “other kids have phones”!? What kinds of people are described as successful? How did they get to be successful? Am I successful? 

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The Servant

The Servant
I recently went to a conference that was hosting thousands of people in a large arena. On the opening night, during worship, I kept noticing that my girlfriend Micah was periodically glancing over away from the stage to our left. I was intrigued and wondered why she kept looking over in the same direction time and time again. I couldn’t work it out. Eventually in a quieter moment, she turned and tapped me on the shoulder and pointed to a man dressed all in black sitting just inside the barrier to the side of the large stage. 

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Don't Raise My Hopes

Don't Raise My Hopes
“I don’t need anything.”
That’s what the woman told the holy man who sought to repay her for her kindness.
“I have everything I need.”  (So, leave “well enough” alone.)
She was a wealthy, influential woman of her village who had observed Elisha, this holy man of God, regularly passing by her way. From an earnest desire to extend hospitality, she and her husband persuaded Elisha to come in as often as he passed by: for rest, a meal, and ultimately a custom built roof-room, complete with bed, table, chair, and lamp.

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