So very many things fall under the category of “until you walk a mile in those shoes” – including that. Empathy is hard. It’s hard work to think of others and feel the range of experience that others have felt. It’s challenging to be gracious and kind and sensitive. It’s heartbreaking and exhausting. And then… Continue reading the work of empathy
I’m turning 45 in a little over a week. I’ve decided to stop counting after that. But my body isn’t cooperating. I’m starting to get aches and pains where I forgot I even existed. I used up all my youth and beauty. Gone. So long. It’s all ibuprofen and tylenol from here on out. I… Continue reading the problem with pain
The more I’ve thought about it, the more I realize a correlation between pastors and doctors. It’s no mistake that Jesus said, I have come for the sick, not the healthy. I mean, Jesus didn’t say anything by mistake, but my point is that he knew and still knows the struggle is real. It’s real… Continue reading you don’t really want a pastor, do you?
Sometimes I think Christians treat the world like we’re living on the Island of Kong and someone needs to be sacrificed to appease the Beast. Sometimes I think we’re so busy regulating the lives of others that we failed to see how thoroughly Sin has overwhelmed our own hearts and minds. We can’t sacrifice someone… Continue reading when Jesus said sacrifice your neighbor
If you spend any time in Christian circles, which I assume you do if you’re reading/following a blog like mine, you may have heard a bit about the recent “culture war” with the LGBTQ community. That may be an understatement. In some circles it’s an all-out war, while others take a more stealth approach. In… Continue reading a word on identity