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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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Categories: General

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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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Silencing the Menace of Fear

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Is anyone still here? šŸ™‚

And before I know it, it’s been over four months since I’ve written anything on this here blog. And after I teased all three of you that something big was coming. šŸ™‚ Ā Sorry about that.

Something big IS coming from me, and a lot of why I haven’t said anything here lately is that besides being exceptionally busy, this has turned out to be much bigger than I thought, and has requiredĀ a bit more incubation. But I won’t leave you hanging. I’ll share about it very soon.

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Still Here-Just Working on Some Stuff

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Categories: How I am

For anyone who is still tuned in to this here blog…just checking in to say I’m still here. Just been busy working on some things.

What things? Patience. But soon…

It’s been a fairly good season, but it’s also becomeĀ apparent that our family is entering another time of transition, and I don’t know where everything is going to land. What I do know is that I’m feeling a deep nudge, even a sense of urgency, to work on music and to learn the skills behind composing/orchestrating, particularly for film and other media. I feel like opportunities are coming, and I need to be ready for them when they arrive.

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On Coming Back to Life

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Categories: religion, Things that Will Probably Get Me In Trouble

He is risen!

He is risen indeed.

The past few years, I must admit that Easter has been something of a bittersweet thing for me.Ā The church buildings are packed with people (many of whom don’t attend but once a year), and for over 30 years, I was an integral part of putting the church’s best foot forward to receive them, in the hopes that some would actually return the following week. Easter (or Resurrection Sunday, as some prefer to call it over its more pagan moniker) is supposed to be a high holy day for the church, bigger even than Christmas. After all, the reason the Church exists–the reason we can have relationship with God–is that Jesus rose from the dead.

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