This poem will be published in the Spring 2020 edition of Time of Singing (a poetry journal), a publication of Wind & Water Press.
I can’t jog. If I had a Native American name, it would mean “Runs Like a Fat Antelope.” I just have an aversion for running. As far as we can tell, Jesus never ran anywhere. And Solomon said, “The wicked run when no one pursues” (Proverbs 28:1). As so goes my reasoning; rationalization covers a … Continue reading Capable: Overcoming Learned Helplessness
This is how some followers of Christ would summarize “The Gospel” in a way that’s free from any jargon that is only meaningful to people who’ve been going to church for years — here it is: There is no way to repair the damage that some of our words and actions have caused apart … Continue reading The Gospel (Jargon-Free)
Christians … People are tired of hearing that what’s important to them doesn’t matter. One of the most popular evangelical books ever starts with the line … “It’s not about you.” Right. Jesus died for the chipmunks. Rubbish. Here are some basic truths ( from my faith-based perspective ). People are always going to put … Continue reading What’s Important to You Matters to Me
Disclaminer: this is one of those “for educational purposes only” posts expressing the ideas of an NLA ( non-licensed amateur ) and should not be taken as a substitute for professional medical advice … and there’s spoilers ahead. ) One of the best portrayals of healing ( after an extended bout with mental illness ) … Continue reading No Contact: Person vs. Voice
These are a few observations what happens, or what can happen, along the path to healing and growth. (Of course, it's best to seek out professional counseling help on how these ideas may or may not apply to you; I'm a lay person and quite the amateur in these matters.) I call these four stages … Continue reading Four Sticky Stages of Healing and Growth
In the Big Bang Theory episode where Sheldon Cooper meets Amy Farrah Fowler (a match made in heaven), he offers to buy her a beverage. Amy’s response: “Water. Tepid.” Room temperature water is okay, as long as you’re expecting it. If you’re hoping the water in front of you is super-hot (to make tea), or … Continue reading “Tepid” :: Versions of Christianity You Should Reject (According to Jesus)