Do you ever feel like you’re the only bird on the wire that’s upside down? Things aren’t going your way? It’s funny how we sometimes think repentance means not getting to do what we enjoy. I like the explanation of “repentance” on patheos.com: The Greek word for repent in the New Testament is “metanoeo” which… Read More Repent?
Fifty-six years Ten months Three weeks ago, I was born. (give or take a few days) In my teen years, it seemed I would live forever. In my twenties, I considered myself an adult. So did other people. We were all wrong. In my thirties, I was an alcoholic. I was an avid student… Read More Born, Again
The second step of the 12-step recovery program is “Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.” In the great scheme of recovery, this step is often treated as a minor one. There doesn’t appear to be a lot of action involved. Yet it is not only a… Read More In My Defense, I Was Insane At The Time
Paraphrasing a real-life conversation from some years ago: Me: “My life is a mess, I can’t remember the last time I was happy, and I hate myself.” Spiritual Guide: “What do you want?” Me: “Peace! Serenity!!” (When do we want it? NOW!) Spiritual Guide: “How much serenity do you want?” Me: “What?” Spiritual Guide: “If… Read More Living It Up In The Great State of Denial
It all started innocently enough. I wanted some black jeans. I have plenty of blue jeans but no black ones. Black jeans make a statement that blue jeans just can’t. I’m not sure what the statement is… I read that online, so it has to be true. I don’t usually go to stores to buy… Read More Cheesesteaks, Maternity Jeans, and Grace
I admit defeat. I can’t take all the negativity in the news anymore. Besides, I don’t know who most of these people in the news are. I figure it’s even odds they are (a) celebrities, (b) politicians, or (c) athletes (is there a difference?). All of them have expiration dates in their respective fields, which… Read More Grow Where You’re Planted
If you’ve read this blog for a while, you may have noticed a general trend, a common theme. It’s the only message I have that is worth writing about: I messed up my life in many (serious) ways. Grande sinner, if you will. God rescued and redeemed me, simply because it pleased Him. In gratitude… Read More In Over My Head
This post was birthed after reading from Don Merritt’s most excellent blog, The Life Project. The specific post is here. I highly recommend it. Jesus first approaches Peter by calling out to him after Peter has experienced a night of fruitless fishing; He instructs Peter to put his net in the water again. Peter is… Read More Perfect Love
According to the website Navitor, the origin of bumper stickers is described as: “Credit for the first bumper stickers usually goes to Forest P. Gill, a silkscreen printer from Kansas City. In the 1940s, Gill pioneered the use of adhesive to stick bumper stickers to vehicles, and made modern bumper stickers possible. According to the… Read More Bumper Stickers and Ragamuffins
We go to great lengths to present our best selves in the hope that others will affirm our value, our identity, our existence. We do not dare present ourselves as we are. Our hearts remind us that we are unacceptable as we are. Deep inside, we know the truth about ourselves. We know “our best… Read More Unacceptable
There was a popular book titled “Ragamuffin Gospel” years ago. In part, the message of that book influenced the name of this blog. The author is Brennan Manning, who passed away in 2013. I recently read a blog post that questioned the credibility and legitimacy of Brennan Manning’s “leadership role” because he had been a… Read More Defense
Many of my childhood memories with my dad are when he was working on a repair or improvement to our family home, and I was invited to “help”. Today we call that DIY (Do It Yourself) projects. Back then we just called it “work”. As a… Read More The Joy of DIY
I don’t watch a lot of TV, and virtually everything I view is pre-recorded to a DVR. The coolest feature of my DVR is the ability to fast-forward through commercials. After years of conditioning, I am accustomed to non-commercial TV viewing. I’m blessed that way. When I do see commercials on TV it’s because I… Read More What I Deserve
An old friend of mine is slowly dying. I have to write the eulogy. It’s a rough draft but here’s what I have, so far: In recent years we weren’t as close as we used to be but that doesn’t mean the memories are gone. I will always have those. Your youthful cleverness and persistence somehow… Read More An Old Man’s Eulogy
As mentioned in other posts on this blog, I am a recovered alcoholic and addict. Before recovery I was consumed with a crazy fear there wasn’t enough (fill-in-the-blank). Sure, it was an irrational fear; but it did not feel irrational at the time. It felt normal. That’s one of the peculiarities of the disease. It… Read More Not Enough _____ In The World
Dear World, I’m sorry. Honestly, I feel real sorrow and true regret for how I treated you for so many years. I will not make a big to-do out of this but allow me to extend my sincere apology. I’m not the same guy that was so callous and unforgiving but that doesn’t mean the… Read More Dear World. I’m Sorry.
Ragamuffin: a ragged, disreputable person; a beggar.… Read More Ragamuffin. Prodigal Ragamuffin.