Being Real, Church, Global Impact

Round Tables Meant Engaging. Gag.

2004 I’m reluctantly taking a class called Perspectives on the World Christian Movement. And by reluctantly, I mean I flat out don’t want to take it. JT took it and I don’t want to. And yet, I signed up. I drag myself to the church, keeping my eyes down in case Jesus was looking for people with bright eyes willing…

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Being Real, Family, Holy Spirit, Prayer

Depression, Control, and Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving this year is nestled in the hills just outside Chattanooga, TN. Windy. Cold. Our little cabin pops and cracks as it allowed the wintery breeze breach its thin walls. Our Christmas music sings through the cabin while a fire lights the main room. Little feet run across the wood floors and up the stairs. Laughter fills the house. It’s…

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Friendship

Why it Really Does Take a Village

My phone lights up. Someone has posted to GroupMe again. They are talking about who knows what, but I need to know who is talking about what! The app is simple. You take a group of people you want to talk to, but would rather not text or email, and everyone signs up, and voila, you have an easy and…

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Being Real

Parents, ask yourself, “Will It Matter in College?”

When she was about thirteen years old, my oldest daughter wanted to dye her hair black. She wanted to dye it black. What? Black? Is she going Goth? Is she going Emo? Or is it Emu? Regardless, I knew black wasn’t going to be awesome. However, the whole color-your-hair things didn’t really bother me because I knew it would grow…

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Being Real

Kids and Fits and How to Make it Stop

How many times have you seen it? The helpless, ragged mom in the store looking down at a the flailing child on the floor who seems to think that mom saying no to him is just not going fly. The fit is thrown. Awesome. What about your own kitchen floor? Ever seen one of your children getting a good look…

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Family, Teaching

D6 Main Speaker Tidbits…. Come on, read them.

Conferences. You love them or hate them. But regardless, there is always something you can walk away with. A nugget. A gem. An “oh” that makes you sit for a minute and think about it. That happened at the D6 Family Conference in Louisville, KY… a few times (which, buy the way, is a beautiful drive up from Nashville at…

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Being Real

Burn Your Spiritual Disciplines List

I quickly determined that it wasn’t the most popular elective as I looked at the other four or five people in the room. We sat in what seemed like the top attic of the college campus we were on for our summer youth camp at Christ in Youth. The room had the A-frame ceiling complete with a small circular widow…

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Being Real

Abused. Raped. Robbed.

There are a few ways something can be stolen:  1. Violently. An intruder breaks the window, or door, or picks the lock and decides that what’s yours is theirs and you better not get in the way. 2. Artfully. Said intruder takes time and learns the art of stealing from an unsuspecting victim. Maybe a sly slip in the back…

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