Between Now and Then

There are lots of things that make being a Christian…weird. What might be worst is that we live in to these little oddities without even noticing them. We’ve become so accustomed to them that they don’t even really flash across our radar. For instance, perhaps our biggest celebration includes phrases like eat his body and drink his blood. Of course, we could spend an entire blog post working throu…

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Between Sinner and Saint

When I was born, I suffered from a kidney disease that required emergency surgery. My father called down to the front desk of the hospital and asked them to send someone to have me baptized right away. When the receptionist asked “Which faith,” my dad wisely responded “Whoever gets here first.” And so it was that I was baptized by a Catholic priest who was double parked outside of Forbes Hospital in a ha…

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Fear for our lives.

There are moments in my life where all I can think is “How did I end up here?” One such moment was a whole bunch of years ago, at a different church, as I was standing approximately 30 feet in the air (it felt like 30,000) on a platform no bigger than my shoes. I was strapped in to a harness, and that harness was attached to a rope, and that rope was being held by one volunteer and three stu…

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Fear of Success

There’s a Calvin and Hobes comic that comes to mind for me every now and again, but I’m worried about copyright issues so I won’t post it here. In the strip, a few inches of snow has fallen in the front lawn of Calvin’s house. Just outside, the driveway and sidewalk are both cleared, save for a mountain of snow on each blocking any possible pathway. Calvin proudly looks at Hobes, his snow shovel draped …

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Fear of Failure

I think I’ve mentioned about a thousand times, I have a bit of a love for cycling and all that comes with it. This season more than most, I’ve been on the bike quite a bit and have been loving every second of it. I’ve been doing a whole bunch of trail riding, but I’ve also been in more races and bike events than I have in any single season before. It’s been magnificent! Ever since I started cycling, …

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