Spiritual

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Problem of Pain

For five and half years I ran the men’s building of a Christian homeless shelter in Fort Worth. It was quite an education. Volunteers came from every part of the spectrum. Hellfire and brimstone, spittle-projecting preachers rubbed shoulders with Unitarian Universalists who were just there because the universe told them to. Differences of opinion abounded…

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I’ve Seen It All

Dear Sam, I freaking hate going to church because they’re all a bunch of hypocritical pricks. Talk to me. – Signed, almost everybody I meet who knows I went to seminary As they trained me to say when I started raising money for charities, “I agree, I understand.” You always start from a place of…

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The Earth Is Flat

I grew up Southern Baptist. Looking back on it, I sort of chuckle. Ladies with big hair setting up the potluck, men always in suits that would say “AMEN” at the end of songs that the choir would sing. But no clapping for some unknown reason. Drinking was for the Catholics, dancing was from the…

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NO F***ING GOOD

One of my all time favorite movies is “Scent of a Woman”, starring Al Pacino as a blind veteran that lost his eyesight when he was drunk and start fooling around with a hand grenade. Since his accident, he basically spends the majority of his time sitting in his daughter’s guest house on her property…

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Have Faith

You can’t walk on water unless you get out of the boat. This little saying is used in countless circumstances, and describes pretty well the emotions we all feel when taking on a difficult task, or making the choice to do, well, most anything that’s hard. And, obviously, in a spiritual sense, it’s a great…

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I Give Up – Spiritual

I had a rough idea of what I wanted to write about for this month’s column, and as I frequently do, I hit Google just to help me find some inspiration and to hone my thoughts into the message I wanted to pass along. I like to simply review some verses and devotionals about the…

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That Which We Cannot Control

This column isn’t for you. I’m writing it for me. Because I need to hear it more than you do. Or maybe there’s someone out there as messed up as I am. If somebody had told me 5 years ago “I suffer from anxiety” I would have resisted chuckling at them. “Really? Anxiety? What are…

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Worry Not

We all tend to worry a lot. We all do it – we worry about our jobs and our kids and our relationships and our money. We worry about war, and politics, and even the weather. Whatever it is – somebody, somewhere is actively stressed and worrying about something. It could be something global: “Man,…

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Spiritual – Patience Is A Virtue

Sometimes our vantage point provides us with a most unique angle to view human nature. Part of my job is running a local website. It’s an e-commerce platform, meaning that it is a gateway that allows people to purchase items from local businesses. Our customers are typically local folks looking to save a few bucks…

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