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We Interrupt This Fiasco of an Election Cycle to Bring You the Following Personal Update

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Categories: How I am

In a few days, it will all be over. (Or not…but at least the immediate campaigning will stop.)

I wrote yet another huge blog post that’s still in my drafts–an open letter of sorts, kind of a last-ditch appeal to the evangelical church to rethink their choice for President–but I didn’t post it, either here or on Facebook, largely because I didn’t see the point. Most people’s minds are made up, and no one’s really listening to each other anymore. The divide is wide, the breach is deep, and it will take some time to heal when this is all over. Suffice it to say that this election cycle has exposed some very disturbing traits in the western Christian community, so as dormant as this here blog has been, I might have a few things to say in the coming days. šŸ™‚

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Never Goes Away

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Categories: moments of truth

I made a mistake this morning. Or maybe not.

On Sundays, I take it fairly easy. I try not to write for work, but I’ll often go to a coffee shop and surf the Internet, maybe blog a little if I feel inspired. While doing that this morning, I opened up Spotify and saw a Praise and Worship playlist. Curious, I thought I’d see what was playing.

Oops.

Not what you think, though.

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The Nagging Questions

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Categories: Meanderings (look it up)

As I write this, it’s the fifteenth anniversary of 9/11, the day America changed. Now that I’m living in New York where it happened, it feels even more weighty to me, as observances are happening at Ground Zero and all around the area. As horrifying as it was to watch on a small screen, I still cannot imagine what it must have been like for those living here at the time to go through it firsthand.

This isn’t really a 9/11 post–I suppose it just enhances my pensive mood this morning.

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Why I No Longer Feel Guilty for Leaving the Evangelical Church

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Categories: moments of truth

I have a confession to make. It’s not something I’ve been hiding, except perhaps from myself–it’s just something I realized this weekend. For many years now, I’ve been processing my thoughts aboutĀ leaving the evangelical church (more specifically, the institutional church). Yet all along, there has been this underlying subtext of guilt. I felt guilty about it.

After all, you’re not supposed to leave. Right?

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What the Day Reveals (a New York Update)

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Categories: moments of truth

I love the creative way God reveals things to us sometimes, how sometimes He orders our steps in an unusual way so that the day reveals something significant to you. One way I know God is creative and artistic–I mean, apart from creating the heavens and the earth and the trees and the vast expanse of the universe and stuff–is that He seems to have a flair for the dramatic. For those of you who are tracking our personal journey here, I’d like to share the events of such a day–one that happened just a few days ago.

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I Never Thought I’d See the Day

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Categories: politics? oh puh-leeze.

Okay, I gots something on my mind…and fair warning, it’s about politics.

As I grow older, I never thought I’d become one of those dudes that says, “I never thought I’d see the day when…[fill in the blank].” You know the type–the geezers that sit around and complain about the changes in world they live in, as compared to the world that they grew up in, and pine for the good old days.

But I have to say, this election year has got me saying this more and more–if not out loud, than at least to myself.

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The New York Update, and a New Blog

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Categories: General

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Hello? Is anyone there?

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It’s been nearly three months since I last posted here about our upcoming move to New York City. Now that the dust has settled a bit, it’s time to bring you up to speed.

The move to New York went as smoothly as could be expected, but considering the magnitude of it all, it certainly wasn’t without its stress. First of all, we had to purge most of our belongings (especially furniture) because we knew we’d be moving into a dinky apartment and we didn’t know how much would fit in it. Between selling furniture and giving away what we couldn’t sell, during thoseĀ last couple of days in our home, we literally had one place to sit in the whole house, and no television because the TVs were all packed up. šŸ™‚

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Okay, It’s Finally Time for Some Big News

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Categories: General

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So…after many months of hinting that something big was in the proverbial incubator–I’m finally ready to share it with whoever might be left reading this here blog. šŸ™‚ Actually, I’m glad I waited, because the end result wasn’t even what I expected it to be.

We’re actually in our seventh year here in Denver. To say it has been a place of restoration and healing would be an understatement. The Wild One frequently tells people that Denver has added 15 years to our life. She has found her voice as an artist, The Director has made two short films here and written his first full-length script, and for the first time in I-don’t-know-how-long, I actually love the process of making music. (That could be a blog post all its own, but maybe later.)

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An Unusual Christmas

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Christmas has always been my favorite time of year. Some years have been abundant, some lean, some more stressful than others. But something in my heart has always resonated with the fact that despite the mixed history of Christmas (and mixed feelings about it today); despite it being basically a made-up Christian alternative to pagan solstice celebrations; despite the fact that there’s only a 1-in-365 chance that Jesus was actually born on December 25; despite the over-commercialism of modern times, and despite the now-political-incorrectness of it; despite all that, the Christmas season is still a special time. It’s still a time of year when people attach more weight to the non-tangible qualities of compassion, love and hope (some more than others, but still). Just the very appearanceĀ of holiday decorations, and the emergence of the same old Christmas songs–these things remindĀ us that something’s different, special. And it’s still a time when we believers reflect on just how significant it was that God sent His Son into the world.

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