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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 […]

God wants you emotional. (TAW014)

Episode 014 – God Wants You Emotional There is a crucial element of our lives that many of us are ignoring. The wreckage of our denial is visible all around us. Our inner life, and particularly our emotional life, is a crucial part of our spiritual growth. Time we started paying attention!

You’re NOT the only Jesus they’ll ever meet.

“You’re the only Jesus they might ever meet.” Wait… what? If you grew up in particular parts of the church world, then you’ve heard that statement before. That, or another version of it. “You might be the only Bible they’ll ever read.” Well, friends. Let’s be honest. Those statements right there? They’re manipulative bunk. Manipulative […]

The Spiritual Discipline of Minding Your Own Damn Business (TAW013)

Episode 013 – The Spiritual Discipline of Minding Your Own Damn Business There’s an important spiritual practice you might be overlooking. Lots of people are. But this one little thing can bring you a lot of peace. And I know you and me both could use more inner peace. That practice? Minding your own damn […]

When Christianity seems like just too much.

Christianity is about all of life. We get this, right? We’re no longer trying to live a compartmentalized life with a little side portion of faith. We understand that following Jesus impacts every part of our lives. Not just our morals and beliefs, but also our relationships, our vocation, our finances, and even our politics. […]

Don’t Run Aimlessly (TAW012)

Episode 012 – Don’t Run Aimlessly. (Prepare for Where You Want to Go) The new year is underway. 2019 is going to happen to us. Will our experience be good? Will it be bad? It’s hard to say because, honestly, most of this new year is going to be outside of your control. But I […]

Today’s the Day!

We’re still in January, the annual month-long festival of goals and new opportunities. I love new beginnings. A new chance is always good news, a reminder that everything is grace. But I also know this season of new-life-new-me declarations and goal setting can weigh heavy. After all, what’s our track record? Most resolutions fail. (See […]

Gratitude Can Save Your Life! (TAW011)

Episode 011 – Gratitude Can Save Your Life! A new year has just begun, and that means we’re all thinking about goals and hopes and resolutions. Honestly, most of that is useless. Most resolutions fail. But if you really wanted to change your life for the better this year, there is one thing you could […]

Where is Jesus in this moment?

It’s a new year. If you haven’t already set some new goals and decided on new spiritual practices you want to try, you’re probably feeling pressure to do that. After all, it seems like everybody else is doing it! When we think about spiritual growth, most of us seem to think in one of two […]

Don’t Mistake the Trellis for the Grape (TAW010)

Episode 010 – Don’t Mistake the Trellis for the Grape Spiritual practices are crucial for intentional spiritual growth. They are so important that it’s easy to start thinking that they really are what matters most. But that would be a dreadful mistake. N0 matter how helpful our various spiritual practices are, we can never confuse […]

Can Gratitude Save Your Life?

Thanksgiving happened not too long ago. We only just finished all the leftovers in the ‘fridge. Maybe, at your house, too. Perhaps at your gathering, people went around the table sharing something they were thankful for. If you went to church that week, undoubtedly the sermon was about gratitude. But then Black Friday came and […]