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If you’re in the wilderness, you are not alone!

Are you feeling the discomfort of living in between? Something is coming to an end or may already be done. What’s next isn’t clear. Before now the path was apparent, but now? Not so much. Options multiply. It’s hard to know which road is best. In this landscape, goal-making isn’t easy; sometimes, it doesn’t even […]

What is the Anchor Prayer? (TAW021) (Anchor Prayer, Part 3)

Episode 021 – What is the Anchor Prayer? Our church building roof has rock climbing anchors installed on it. It’s a very steep and high roof. Doing maintenance and repair work up there is risky. Those anchor points allow people working on the roof to anchor themselves so they can go about their work and […]

Why this pastor talks about emotions so dang much.

I’ve worn glasses for a long time. Since 4th grade, I think. Without my glasses, the world beyond ten feet or so blurs into an indistinct mosaic of colored blobs. Not very safe for me to be out and about! Each morning there is a moment of transformation when I put on my glasses for […]

How Abiding is Possible (TAW019) (Anchor Prayer, Part 1)

Episode 019 – How Abiding is Possible Jesus told us to live connected to the vine. We often refer to that as the Abiding Life. If you grew up in the churh you probably heard about that a lot. Well, I wonder… Do you have an ongoing sense of Jesus’ presence in your life? Do […]

The Chapter I forgot to write.

It’s been a little more than eighteen months since The Wisdom Of Your Heart hit the shelves. In that time, I’ve had a lot of conversations with people about the book, and how it connected for them.  Or how it didn’t. I’ve learned a lot. I learned that we need to talk about emotional health […]

4 Clues You Need Emotional Growth (TAW018)

Episode 018 – 4 Clues You Need Emotional Growth I went through a major crash that was the result of emotional immaturity and brokenness. But it shouldn’t have come as a surprise. There were clues that I ignored. Maybe some of these clues are in your life as well?

Did you know your Christian hero was a theological mess?

The internet has made two things very clear about the Christian community. First, a lot of us love to be right. Second, we feel especially right when we can castigate someone else for being wrong. Somewhere we got this idea that the thing God cares about most is that all of our theology is correct. […]

Emotional Growth is Not A Niche! (TAW017)

Episode 017 – Emotional Growth is Not a Niche! – (And Audiobook Launch!) Today is the day!  Today is the day when you can pick up the Audio Book for The Wisdom of Your Heart! I am so excited about this, and to celebrate we’re having a short bonus podcast episode. I’ve got a quick […]

Can I Handle this Present Moment? Practicing Presence and the release of my Audiobook.

Today is just another day. People are living their lives, going to work, enjoying (or not enjoying) their kids. They are facing (or avoiding) their problems. They are enjoying the sunshine (today in Portland!) or whatever the weather is where they live. It’s just another day, but every normal day also carries the possibility of […]

The Inner Work Imperative (TAW016)

Episode 016 – The Inner Work Imperative I wrecked my church. I’m not proud of it, and it’s still painful to talk about. But I want to tell you the story because maybe I can change the course of your life. You need to know about the inner work imperative.

You can meet God in your anxiety.

Not long ago I sent a question to the folks on my email list. I asked, “What questions do you have about emotions and faith?” The flood of responses surprised me. Clearly, this is a real-life struggle for many of us. One particular topic surfaced repeatedly. It was summarized best by this line from Errol […]

Are you doing the hidden inner work? (TAW015)

Episode 015 – Are you doing the hidden inner work? I like trophies. Credits. Accomplishments. Stuff that I can point to, Stuff that shows my hard work is paying off. Maybe you like that stuff too? But today I want to tell you about something that matters far more. And its something you’ll never get […]

What’s an Inner Life, and do you have one?

The Hustle Lifestyle tells us that what matters most is the hard work we do to reach our goals. Other voices declare something else is the most important thing: our status, our income or our career. Or going deeper, maybe what matters most is our family, our relationships, or our inner sense of satisfaction? But […]