It’s that time of year again. This coming Monday my son begins his fourth and final year of band camp for his upcoming senior year of high school. When he began his high school marching band career four years ago, I did not realize it would rekindle the love of halftime shows and band festivals … Continue reading Enjoy the Moment
One weekend, late March of this year, we awoke to a house twelve degrees colder than the preferred temperature of our home. With assistance diagnosing the issue from a friend, we determined it was very likely time to shell out the funds to replace the furnace. While the timing of the news was unexpected, the … Continue reading When Comfort is Lost
My thoughts going into Easter this past weekend were a mixed bag of criticism, questions, and self-analyzation. Although this wasn't the first year we have not actively participated in any church based Easter activities, ghosts of special sermons, carefully selected worship songs, newly purchased clothes, and orders of service timed to the minute haunted my … Continue reading Bundle of Inconsistencies
Two of the most common questions asked when others learn you've made the conscious decision to live the Christian life outside the walls and confines of a traditional church building are "Who do you fellowship with?" or "Where do you find community?" The problem is the questions themselves are indicative of how conditioned we've become … Continue reading Fellowship & Community
It's been a little while, but I'm proud to share another guest post from my wife, Shannon. In the world of fandoms, “the feels” refers to the intense emotion we experience when remembering a powerful scene in a book, TV show, or movie. The most recent example I can think of is how everyone took … Continue reading The Feels
This week marks the three year anniversary of my blogged Confessions. When I began sharing my thoughts in 2016, I had no plan, imagination, or notion I would still be doing so three years later or any clue all of the twists, turns, bumps, hills, and surprises which lay ahead. I never truly intended to take … Continue reading Forever Recovering
As I sat down to write this week I had many false starts and failed attempts as I began to tear into the keys of my laptop fed up with infuriating examples I've observed of assumptions and presumptions of folks so assured and self confident of being correct in whatever cause, debate, or argument in … Continue reading Avoiding Assumptions
"You do what you do and I do what I do... you do what you do and I do what I do, I'm Alvin, and you're Bill." These are the words of Dana Carvey as Alvin Firpo in the 1994 comedy Trapped in Paradise about a trio of brothers who rob a bank in Paradise, … Continue reading Present Yourself
Recorded by Crowder on the deluxe edition of his 2016 album American Prodigal, there is perhaps no greater song to describe a recovering churchboy than that penned by Sean McConnell in 2010, Praise The Lord. Although McConnell himself released the tune himself in 2014 as part of his five tune EP The B Side Sessions, … Continue reading Churchboy Soundtrack: Praise The Lord
In several discussions over the last week, the idea of being a nicer person since leaving religion behind has resurfaced. Although I fully intended to continue the Churchboy Soundtrack series this week, I can’t ignore what I believe to be the prompting of the Holy Spirit to repost this post from last September. My life as a churchboy was truly a life filled with gritted teeth, clenched fists, red-faced anger fueled by feelings of never being good enough. I cannot thank Jesus enough for setting me free from those lies and revealing to me the real love of the Father.
I pray today you live a life knowing how loved you truly are.
Although I have never been much of a comic book reader, from an early age I have had an affinity for the Incredible Hulk. I suppose the credit for this would belong to the TV series that aired during my younger years starring Bill Bixby as Dr. Banner and Lou Ferrigno as his rage-fueled alter ego green monster. I can remember the incredibly durable stretch Hulk action figure I carried with me and destroyed for much of my childhood as well. With the most recent incarnations of the Hulk coming from the Marvel Cinematic Universe over the last ten years, my love for the big green guy has resurfaced and he is undoubtedly my favorite character of all created within the superhero realm. In 2012, after six solo films introducing the world to several characters, we finally got to see all our heroes unite on one screen as Marvel released the…
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