“Good morning. I’m Joe, the pastor here. I watched pornography and masturbated several times last week. I wasn’t a good listener and spaced out several times while some of you told me about your current life situations as well. I know I have this job, but I struggled feeling like I have a direction in life and became quite angry about it. … More Church These Days
On idolizing happiness, forgetting how to be sad, and what we lose by wishing we felt better all the time. … More The Healing Power of Struggling
Does anyone else feel like Western tradition is often in direct conflict with the altruistic heart? Perhaps we’ve realized that to care about others’ hurts means to be hurt ourselves, and we’ve steeled ourselves against it. Because to help means to get involved, and getting involved means getting hurt. … More To Save the World
See the first post on suffering here. All this prompted a very long and hard journey I’m still walking where every notion and idea I possessed about God has been torn to shreds to (hopefully) make room for something better. Something more “good,” as he likes to put things. One part of this journey is constantly … More On Suffering (pt. 2)
I won’t lie to you, friend – I’ve been struggling recently. I’m not one to share negative feelings, I usually opt for ignoring them or shoving them in boxes to gather dust. I’ve recently been learning, however, that those aren’t included in Dave’s Great List of Practices That Promote Emotional/Spiritual Health and Further Relationship (I’m … More Dear God: Who Are You, Again?
Suffering. Pain. Unhappiness. Everyone has experienced this darker side of human existence to varying degrees. We have come to understand it as a part of life – almost a sad, but inevitable, caveat to the breaths we take on this earth. Sometimes circumstances or events can cause massive amounts of any of these three. Someone … More On Suffering (pt. 1)