Wrestling with Arizona

Arizona

I’ve been wrestling with the rightness or wrongness of SB 1062 the controversial bill passed by the Arizona Legislature but vetoed by the state’s Governor Jan Brewer which would have granted private businesses protection if they chose not to offer services that violated their religious beliefs. Continue Reading

Staying Power

Consistency

“By our Heavenly Father and only because of God, only because of God. We're like other couples. We do not get along perfectly; we do not go without arguments and, as I call them, fights, and heartache and pain and hurting each other.  But a marriage is three of us.” -Christian entertainer Barbara Mandrell, answering the question of why her marriage works   I’ve reluctantly concluded that my wife has stayed with me for 27 years because she loves, and is obedient to, God. Continue Reading

Brazenly Yours

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Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. - Hebrews 4:16 Three times I’ve been appointed Power of Attorney by someone wanting me to manage their business in light of serious illness, and each time the person in question was much wealthier than me. Continue Reading

Before You Use

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I know the porn habit is strong and stubborn, having had it myself. Continue Reading

Blind Spots

And would some Power the small gift give us To see ourselves as others see us! It would from many a blunder free us, And foolish notion. -Robert Burns  My wife and I just finished talking about frustrations we have with people, events, and me. (I always manage to make the list) And that’s what marriage is for – you need one safe place to vent without editing your comments, so whatever’s bothering you about your church, neighbors or friends can be discussed openly with your spouse, minus the careful choice of words and diplomacy you Continue Reading

The Dark Plunge

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 “— a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan sent to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure.” - I Corinthians 12: 7 No one knows for certain what Paul’s thorn was, but I know mine. I’ve got a handful, actually, but depression is one of the strongest, most stubborn and noticeable thorns I’m stuck with. Continue Reading

Of Fruits and Factories

Factory

Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. -John 15:8  There’s what I do, then there’s what I am. Continue Reading

Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wife?

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Make a generalization about men and women and someone will point out an exception, proving that generalizations are only generally accurate. Continue Reading

Dinner and a Porn Flick

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Some things seem so self-evident, it feels stupid pointing them out. Continue Reading

Churched Off

Churched off

“While I love the traditional church, I love it like a foundational part of my past, as though it were a University I’ve graduated from to join a much larger church those still in the University program are quite suspicious of.” -Author Donald Miller             It’s getting chic to kiss off the local church, as though investing yourself in a community of believers is passé or, at least, incapable of meeting your deepest needs. Continue Reading