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A Hard School

Photo by Alex Conchillos My cousin Cody struggled his entire short life with depression, addiction, and soul crushing self-doubts. He learned to drive that wretched machine in a hard school. And yet in the midst of the struggle he found … Continue reading

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Fierce Love

Thought for the Week I’m not a violent person. In fact, when I was studying method acting in college—the tap-into-your-feelings approach made famous by Marlon Brando and Robert De Niro—I had difficulty inhabiting a particularly violent role because I’d never … Continue reading

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Fatherhood and Beyond

Photo by Josh Willink Today is Father’s Day in the U.S. A day when I remember how imperfect my father was, and yet how good a father he was. Just as I know my children can say the former of … Continue reading

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Blessed Are the Dodos?

(Of course, they’re also extinct) unflappable /ʌnˈflæpəbəl/ adjective 1. Hard to upset; imperturbable; calm; composed. Not the unflappable type? Me neither. But you know what? There’s something better: “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you. I … Continue reading

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An Inspirational Journey

I’m up to my proverbial eyeballs in projects once again – the chiefest of which is my daughter’s wedding (which I’m officiating, btw)! Hence, I’ll be on hiatus for a week or so. Therefore, this is the perfect time for you … Continue reading

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Headed for Home? Or Headed for Hell?

Source: Lavie Zine My Real Memoir By the time I turned 11, my brief flirt with faith (“Hello, is anyone there?” Cue crickets. “I guess not.”) was beginning to fade. I was a boy agnostic with a taste for shiny … Continue reading

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The Seeds of Grace

A pastor friend recently asked me to speak about forgiveness. Knowing my history with the subject as a writer, filmmaker and teacher, he suggested I do a follow-up to his own recent message on forgiveness. This provided a surprising opportunity … Continue reading

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An Unknown Future

“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” ~Corrie ten Boom ~AΩ~

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When You Search for Me…

Photo by Johannes Plenio “You will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all of your heart.” ~Jeremiah 29:13 ~AΩ~

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The Power of Love

Image source: Zion Fine Arts “You formed my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Marvelous are Your works, and I know this right well.” ~Psalm 139:13-14 … Continue reading

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