Tag Archives: New Life Community Church

Advent II: Peace

Why couldn’t I just settle down and be present? Have I not been spending enough time in silence? Am I suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder? Is this more evidence that I have ADHD? I looked around the sanctuary artfully decorated … Continue reading

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This Hero’s Journey

I love being the hero. I want to be the one that fixes the problem or has the answer. If someone is in great need, I find myself ruminating about how that need can be met. Meanwhile, if someone else meets that need, … Continue reading

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Love Is a Risky Business

In the post Undoing My Life, I talked about a time when I kept expecting to be rejected but encountered love and acceptance instead. That experience was wonderful and scary. As the Rejected One, I protected my heart from the inevitable pain of being discovered … Continue reading

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Mystery, Magic and Merton

Midnight marks the end of 2014 as well as the end of my nine years as associate pastor of New Life Community Church. I spent the day cleaning out my desk and hanging out with the Wednesday Lunch Club. Tonight Fred and I will … Continue reading

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That Which Is Lost Within Me

On October 5, an announcement was made to the congregation that my employment at New Life Community Church would end on December 31. A few days before, I was writing last week’s post. Nervous about the coming change, I reached for … Continue reading

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Getting (Sort of) Ready to Celebrate Christ’s Birth

In two days Advent begins and with it comes that stress-inducing question: Are you ready for Christmas? Those words produce a flurry of images—shopping, decorating, baking, Christmas cards, and list making—that sends chills of expectations through my soul. I’m overwhelmed … Continue reading

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