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If I’m Honest… | The One Thing Our Lives Desperately Need

Rampant, subtle dishonesty ruled my life for many years. My business was booming although it stressed me out, my social media feed showed the smiles instead of the meltdowns, my marriage appeared pure despite the fact that it wasn’t and my conversations delivered what I thought people wanted to hear instead of what was true. With the best intentions I ever-so-gently positioned my life to seem better than it was. It was a vicious cycle that robbed me of authenticity and […]

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To the Churches in America

“I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel—which is really no gospel at all.” Galatians 1:3-6 Those are strong words written 2,000 years ago by the Apostle Paul to the church he established in Galatia. However, I feel like they have a very applicable tone as we navigate the waters of the church in America today. In many ways, American Christians have turned or […]

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What a Homeless Man Taught Me About Slavery

His clothes were ragged and his face unkept. A certain darkness enveloped him, as if a heavy weight rested upon his shoulders. His black skin blended perfectly with his dark clothes making him almost unrecognizable against the backdrop of night. His name was Anthony Isley King. He spoke to me with a depth that most of my daily conversations lack. He talked of brokenness and pain openly, not fearfully hiding behind the facade that so many are eager to display. Yet his […]

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Some Days All You Have is Grace…

I want to debunk the notion right now that every day will be rich. Spiritual and personal poverty lurk like a thief in the night, ready to strike at any time. I had a bad day yesterday. Scratch that. I had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. As I write about it though, nothing was really that awful—your favorite team loses, disagreements happen, kids pee on the floor, goals seem daunting, blog posts don’t go viral, clients say No—life […]

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Remembering the Fourth

My Grandfather Ham was a special man. He loved God, his family, and his country. Now that I think about it, probably in that order. Those were his priorities, his ideals. He cherished them so much that he created a place for our family to gather together and celebrate them. Behind his house, with his own hands, he built a carport. It was a large, covered space capable of housing up to three cars and still have room left over. Without […]

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How Do You Respond When Religion Meets Reality?

I’m sure you’re really busy right now–demands, deadlines, children, traffic. The noise of life is around you, becoming increasingly louder, like the roar of a freight train. Somewhere, there is a list of boxes to be checked and somehow you’re supposed to get all of this done. Instead of feeling free, you feel trapped–pinned against expectations. And, if you’re a Christian, or even religious, there’s an increased pressure to obey the rules. Yet, when you come up for air, you suffocate when […]

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