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The church, the poor, and personal responsibility versus forced “giving”

I’ve been attending Watermark Church in Tampa off and on for the past several months. I’ve never come away from there unmoved by God’s grace. I recently discovered Pastor Tommy Phillips’ blog and read a thought provoking post there about the church and politics, specifically evangelicals and Republicanism. Since I agree with so much of… Read more »

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Finding happiness right at my feet

What if it’s really all about going small? What if happiness is hiding there in the nooks and crannies of life, right at our feet, instead of just past the horizon? All this time, these decades have been flying by and I’ve been failing in the pursuit of greatness. I’m one of those people who… Read more »

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You have a right to be angry.

You have a right to be angry. There are things that have happened to you that should not have happened. There are things that are going on in the world that are wrong. Injustice brings about anger and that is a natural part of the human experience. Anger is a misused emotion and because of… Read more »

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The leadership of imperfection and grace

I got to help some beautiful women get unstuck. It was just yesterday. It wasn’t a vehicle in a ditch. Their hearts were stuck. It took me having the courage to be vulnerable with them and admit that I put on masks to show the world what I want it to see, too. I am… Read more »

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Oops, I did it again

Sometimes I have to force myself to do the things I want to do the most. It doesn’t make sense but that is the way things work in my life. Paul wrote about this in the New Testament, saying “I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t… Read more »

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The day I realized I didn’t exist

This is an excerpt from some of my memoir writing. I don’t share it to be morbid. It’s simply the record of my life. I am a writer and if I do not write, my health suffers. I can’t help but think that God created me to analyze my life, find meaning in it, and… Read more »

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The Bible is a signpost, not a destination

Do we have the Bible lifted up higher than Jesus? I’m thinking I might step on some toes here. I’ll try to tread lightly. But I see a problem. OK, I’ll mitigate the use of black and white, binary thinking, and instead I’ll say: I see a potential problem. I see an inordinate focus on Scripture… Read more »

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Thank you, disillusionment

  Maybe some days I just want to be angry about the things that have happened to me that I didn’t deserve. The ugly things. The things that broke my heart again. The times I was disrespected. Misunderstood. Ignored. Forget the past, I’m talking about what happened today. Every day I can pick out a… Read more »

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Memories of Tampa’s Hudson Nursery in the 1980’s

These are some of my memories of Hudson Nursery, an iconic 10 acre plant nursery that existed in the heart of north Tampa for many decades. It was recently sold, torn down, and replaced with a Wal-Mart. In 1981 when I was 18, I saw a sign out in front of Hudson Nursery on Dale Mabry… Read more »

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Release stress and pain by using this technique: Acceptance

There’s one thing I always forget to do when I am stressed out. This one thing makes all the difference too. You’d think that I would turn to it first whenever my joy and peace are gone and I’m feeling distressed. I don’t know why this one thing always slips my mind. It should be… Read more »

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