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Posts from the ‘Spiritual Clumsiness’ Category

The Horse the Spirit Rides

I can’t picture the Holy Spirit. I want to, but I just can’t.

Now Jesus is different — I can see Him in my imagination: a Middle Eastern man with black hair, a beard, and smile wrinkles on His face (there are probably scars on His face too). Read more

The One Person We’re Proud to Judge

I pushed the elderly woman in the wheelchair and started our conversation but I knew I had to whisper. For this college sophomore, the workplace had become a tricky arena in which to talk about Jesus. Read more

Satan’s Temptation in the Low Times

My wife and I did not intend to have another year of sweeping changes in 2016. We never do.

We told ourselves this year was going to be different. The roller coaster was finally going to stop. No more big transitions like the previous eight years of marriage. Read more

What I Lost When I Gave Away My Southern Accent

I knew my accent would stand out when I moved to Washington, D.C. I didn’t think anyone would make fun of it.

As I walked away from the break room and said, “Bye, y’all,” to a group of coworkers, I hadn’t gotten far away before I heard one of them say, “Byyyyye yawl!!” It stung.
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Facing My Recent Disappointment with Gratitude

A few weeks ago, there was an unpleasant and unfair turn of events in my life that knocked the wind out of me. Feelings of disappointment kicked in. Those feelings eventually turned into anger, and the anger turned into a low-grade anxiety. I couldn’t stop looking in the rearview mirror and reliving what happened. Read more

Awkward People Don’t Need a Cure — They Need Community

For a lot of my single years, I was hopelessly awkward. No doubt, there were still attractive things about my personality (or at least my mom says there were), but overall, I was kind of weird. Read more

The Reason I’m Not Going to Hell

When I was in my 20s, I was obsessed with the fear that I was not actually saved — that my so-called “faith” was nothing but an elaborate web of self-deception that would end in eternal damnation. Read more

A Tough Bible Verse to Inspire Shutting Up

Here’s a tough memory verse for all of us social media users: “If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless” (James 1:26).


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How to Offer Jesus the Ugliest Parts of Your Life

I spent a lot of my early Christian walk hiding the areas of brokenness of which I was most ashamed. It was like I believed the worst stuff would go away if I simply didn’t acknowledge it. All it did, however, was cover up the symptoms until my issues bubbled to the surface, causing me to sink into shame. But over the years, the Lord spoke a lot of comfort to me with this Bible story about a man who was seen as unapproachable.
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What to Do About the Dangerous Raccoons in our Souls

Yesterday, my wife called me at work and told me there was an animal of some kind in the chimney.

“How do you know?” I asked.

“There are little pieces of leaves and cotton falling down into the fireplace, and I can hear scratching noises.” Read more