Wrath

Wrath

“For the wrath of man does not work the righteousness of God.” - James 1:20 Some stories put me in touch with my inner murderer. This one’s a pretty good example. Continue Reading

When Truth Isn’t Enough

Grief

Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. - Romans 12:15   Continue Reading

Mad at Dad

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Please Note: I got knocked down with a serious bug this weekend in New Hampshire which has had me flat on my back all week. So thanks for bearing with me, and my posts will be back on a regular schedule now. I'm at the age when I, and many of my friends, are standing at the dock with our parents. They're getting ready to board and we're reluctantly facing it, while reflecting on how much they mean to us, and how surprisingly huge their role in our lives has turned out to be. All of which gets me thinking about fathers and sons. Dads figure Continue Reading

Robin Williams and the Dark Plunge

Robin Williams

(I’m reposting this message with a few updates in light of the Robin Williams tragedy, Continue Reading

Nice Flesh

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Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. -Galatians 5:19 When you’ve struggled with a “juicy” sin, it’s easy to judge your whole life by how well or how poorly you’re handling that one behavior. Folks who are alcoholic can do this by assuming that as long as they’re sober, then they’re doing well. Drug addicts, gamblers and Continue Reading

The Dark Plunge

plunge dive

 “— 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

Die, Monster Flesh, Die!

"For I know that in me, that is in my flesh, there dwells no good thing."

“For I know that in me, that is in my flesh, there dwells no good thing.” – Romans 7:18 It’s a day for monsters, and despite reservations about horror for entertainment, I've got a perverse fondness for the cinema creatures that spooked me as a boy. Norman Bates, The Crawling Eye, Baby Jane Hudson and The Thing all cost me a few nights sleep back in the early 1960’s, but none so much as The Body Snatchers, those rude pod-critters that attach themselves to you while you’re napping, then take over. Nothing chilled me quite like the ending, Continue Reading

Mad at Dad

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Dads figure pretty largely in the lives of the men I’ve worked with over the years. Well, duh, I know -  Dads figure largely in any man’s life. But I think the reason I hear a lot about them from my clients is because problems between fathers and sons often become the roots of later rebellions, dysfunctions, wounds. So in my work, when talking about a person’s life and history, Dad comes up quite a bit. Sometimes as a monster; sometimes invisible; sometimes unapproachable; sometimes as a terrific guy with some flaws. Continue Reading

Armed

lily and thorns

Every Monday we’ll post something about maintaining your sexual integrity. Hope it helps. — Armed Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin. - I Peter 4:1 In 1982 I embarked on some serious bodybuilding, putting my then 27 year old carcass through a tortuous regime which I came to truly love. My trainer spent a good deal of time prepping me for the bodybuilding lifestyle, emphasizing what became the most Continue Reading

The Dark Plunge

plunge dive

Every Thursday I’ll post an article having to do with either relational or emotional matters. Hope it helps. — The Dark Plunge “--- 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 I’ve wrestled with depression since I was a teenager. I mean real depression, mind you, not the occasional “blues”, moodiness, or sadness we all experience from time to time. Depression is to a blue mood what a migraine is to a headache, which is to say there’s no Continue Reading