When the Monster Shows Up

“The joy of the Lord is my strength.” Nehemiah 8:10 I sat down next to her. We had been pew partners before, although I often sat behind her. Usually her young daughter was all smiles and very friendly. Today this child had her back facing her mom, arms crossed in...

Church on the Couch

For the last four months my family and I have been “doing church” a little different.   Our church is under construction and the congregation is meeting in another facility until the building is finished. We could have done that, too. Actually, we had...

Trashing the Mega Church? Think Again

In 2007, after years of drug and alcohol addiction, I began a long, painful journey to health. After growing up deep seeded in church culture, I was angry with religion and consequently, God. The absolute last place I wanted to be was in a large church setting. But...

iHunger

I was raised by wanderers. My childhood involved a lot of moving. I come from noble stock of Southern Baptist nomads. Our moving had absolutely nothing to do with our faith and everything to do with my daddy’s occupation.  We were not wandering in the desert for forty...