Those People

Brene Brown's Ted Talks and books advocate that we admit our vulnerability and  brokenness, as well as our need for connection.   We are in a crisis of disconnection, she says, cut off from each another, denying our vulnerability, wearing masks of competency and independence. Why the masks?   In a word, says Brown, FEAR. "Fear of vulnerability.... Continue Reading →

Your She-Shack Awaits

Florence (pseudonym) is caring for her husband who is battling cancer.  She said to me, "God has a she-shack waiting for me in heaven." "What's a she-shack?" I asked. "Jesus said that he is preparing a mansion for us.  I told God to forget the mansion, that I wanted the equivalent of a man-cave....a she... Continue Reading →

The Problem with Faith

I am more a Gideon than an Isaiah. When God called Gideon to defeat the Mideonites, Gideon pleaded for God to find someone else. (In fact he was in hiding when God's angel approached him, calling him, ironically, "a mighty man of valor.") Then Gideon requested confirmation from God that he would be successful. He... Continue Reading →

What’s in YOUR hand?

I think of myself as open, loving, accepting, forgiving, and of course...humble.  Oozing with humility.  Never prone to judging. Well, a mere glimpse into my thought life and this image is dispelled. I make instant judgements regarding others based on a car driven, clothes worn, an accent perceived.  And my petty thoughts do not stop... Continue Reading →

The Final Rose – A Letter to Me from Me

Depressed?  Anxious?   Fearful?   In need of wisdom or discernment?  Struggling with a relationship? A job?  A diagnosis? The Bible App has reading plans to address whatever you're going through. I just started a 7-day plan entitled "The End of Me" by Kyle Idleman - based on his book of the same title.   On day 1... Continue Reading →

Teachability

  It's a spiritual discipline.  And it's not my strong suit.  Truth is, I hate criticism, constructive though it may be.  Truth is, I am not fond of being told what to do. A lack of teachability is a subtle sin, but a sin nonetheless. It is a form of pride, about which the Bible... Continue Reading →

Mothers, Daughters, and Vitamin C

I knew what she was going to say.  I had sniffled through our conversation. Now Barclay, have you taken your vitamin C?  You really must do that if you want to prevent these colds of yours."   Truth is, I loved that my mom cared about my stuffy nose.  Never mind that other sentences that began with... Continue Reading →

Happiness

In the Beatitudes, Jesus tells us how to live a happy life.  This is not the stuff you will find on the bookshelf of best sellers at O'Hare airport.  The Beatitudes challenge the current self-help mega industry offering counter-cultural concepts that may take you by surprise. Blessed are the poor in spirit.  Blessed are the... Continue Reading →

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