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How Secure is Your Ladder?

How Secure is Your Ladder?

My pastor shared something a few weeks ago that has helped me as I have processed through the results from the election this week. He told the story of a team of workers that was fixing his house. Part of the job involved working near the roof on the side of the...
Getting Outside of My Perspective

Getting Outside of My Perspective

I was sitting on the train the other day trying to get some work done. A man behind me was listening to music on his phone. It was loud, and he wasn’t wearing headphones. I sat with my anger for a bit, took a few deep breaths to calm down, and started to think about...
Integration of Story and Experience

Integration of Story and Experience

This blog post is Part 4 in a 4-part blog series on Integrated Faith. (If you missed the first blog post, you can find it here.) In this blog series, we are taking a look at aspects of our spiritual lives that might be out of step or disconnected with the rest of our...
Integration of Mind, Body, and Spirit

Integration of Mind, Body, and Spirit

This blog post is Part 2 in a 4-part blog series on Integrated Faith. (If you missed the first blog post, you can find it here.) In this blog series, we are taking a look at aspects of our spiritual lives that might be out of step or disconnected from the rest of our...
Integration of Inside and Outside

Integration of Inside and Outside

This is Part 1 in a 4-part blog series on Integrated Faith. One problem I see with religious faith (both in my own life and the lives of others), is a lack of integration. Integration is defined as the organization of the constituent elements of a personality into a...
Swiss Army Man: 3 Steps to Authenticity

Swiss Army Man: 3 Steps to Authenticity

I recently watched the movie Swiss Army Man, and it taught me a lesson about the importance of authenticity and the dangers of living an inauthentic life. As the movie opens, Hank (played by Paul Dano) is stranded on a desert island and is trying to kill himself. The...
Love Must Trump Religion

Love Must Trump Religion

Like many of you, I was shocked and saddened as I listened to news coverage about the mass shooting that occurred in Orlando on Sunday. Authorities have called the shooting both an act of terror and an act of hate. The shooting was an act of terror—the gunman...
Our Stories Should Tell the Full Truth

Our Stories Should Tell the Full Truth

We each have stories about our lives, the world, and our place in it. Our stories come from a variety of sources, such as our cultural background, religious upbringing, the educational system, and our families of origin. Our stories comprise the foundation for our...
The Need to Be Right

The Need to Be Right

We often have a strong need to be right. In the current political season, you see this all the time. Liberals and conservatives fight like cats and dogs, passionately arguing the ‘rightness’ of their positions. Turn on a cable news program, and you see political...
Authority and Passing the Moral Buck

Authority and Passing the Moral Buck

There are several ways to make decisions about right vs. wrong. For example, some people consider whether a behavior caused harm to someone else. Others think about whether an action was fair. Still others consider how a behavior affects one’s group, or whether the...
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