We Have What We Need

No matter what happened to us in the past, right now we can take responsibility for working compassionately with our habits, our thoughts and emotions. We can take the emphasis off who hurt us and put it on disentangling ourselves. If someone shoots an arrow into my chest, I can let the arrow fester while I scream at my attacker, or I can remove the arrow as quickly as possible. In this very lifetime, I have…

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Happy and Heading Nowhere

I’ve been silent for a few weeks now. It’s not because of writer’s block, lack of “churchy” subjects or motivation to write. Actually, I’ve been writing a lot… just not here. The main reason I haven’t been writing on SCP is because I’m happy. I’m really not sure why that makes me not want to write about stupid church people (since I enjoy it so much), but I just don’t have it in me at the…

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I was a Stupid Church Person

I was a Stupid Church Person. I was a Stupid Pastor. I would get up and go to church each and every Sunday, thinking that God would use me to share the answers for people’s pain. Arrogantly I thought that the service planned with it’s music and message would actually make a difference in people’s lives. It’s as if I imagined that it was during that one hour each week where life change occurred. How stupid…

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The Guesswork Christian

Most Christians I know have a problem. Their life experiences and interactions with people do not match up with the Bible. This new knowledge and understanding lends itself to a life of grays… and the Bible does not tend to lend itself to a life lived in the grays. Biblical truth often becomes subjective and left to the complete and total interpretation of the reader. You can find almost any biblical scholar to back you up…

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The Immaturity of Religion

Ok kids, put your thinking caps on! I was a Christianity major in college. I was also a Sociology major. Considering I attended and graduated from a Southern Baptist college probably sheds light on my very limited knowledge on both those subjects, however, I did keep some of the books and have turned to browsing through them. It’s amazing how they are much more interesting now than they were then. Fortunately, not every textbook we purchased…

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Five Givens

These five things are a certainty in life. 1. Everything changes and ends. 2. Things do not always go according to plan. 3. Life is not always fair. 4. Pain is part of life. 5. People are not loving and loyal all the time. It is vital that I not live in denial of these givens. Being somewhat stupid, it has taken me some time to learn that I cannot fight against these truths. I must…

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The Happy Post

What’s wrong with being happy? I am learning that there is nothing wrong with it. Admitting this though makes me feel very, very selfish. And why is that I wonder? Lately I have been giving this much thought and I have an idea. Growing up in the evangelical faith I was primarily taught that as Christians we aren’t guaranteed happiness. As a matter of fact, by and large, I felt that I was discouraged to seek…

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