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Does Darkness Connect Us to Light?

“I am no longer ashamed, but still find depression difficult to speak about because the experience is so unspeakable. Yet Henri Nouwen’s spirit continues to call me and many others to more openness and vulnerability, more shared humanity and mutual healing, even- and...

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The Remedy to Despair — Connection

In my last blog, Addiction=Despair, I explored what happens when we’re repeatedly wounded in relationships. Many of us, out of sheer desperation, will lose hope or simply kill it. When hope dies or we’re just plain tired of being hurt again, it can lead to a crossroad...

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Called to Love As Jesus Loved. . .

Headlines often trigger emotion.  That’s what they are designed to do, after all.  The messages that claim to “spark outrage” or  promise “shocking new details” on the latest scandal will sometimes catch my attention enough to read an article, or watch a news clip. ...

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Addiction = Despair

“If there lurks in most modern minds the notion that to desire our own good and earnestly to hope for the enjoyment of it is a bad thing, I submit that this notion has crept in from Kant and the Stoics and is no part of the Christian faith. Indeed, if we consider the...

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The Need for Where Grace Abounds Continues…

This year the WGA staff, Board, and Leadership have determined that we will place an additional emphasis on raising visibility for the ministry. It isn’t as if this has ever NOT been a priority. But, in reality, much of our attention over the past couple of years was...

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5 Characteristics of Addiction

Sexual Addiction, a common topic on this blog, is really only a small facet of the bigger category of addiction. We are very clever (and very desperate) creatures and will utilize, whether consciously or not, anything to avoid our circumstances and feelings. We’re...

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What Does a Safe Church Look Like?

What kind of Yelp reviews did your church get? Shopping around for a new church? This has to be one of the more grueling and tedious things we experience as Christians. The word “shopping” even implies a self-interested consumerism in looking for a church. A method...

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The LOVE Flow

Hi Friends! I woke up this morning with love on the brain! It seems “we” throw that word around a lot. “Love you,” “true love,” “I’m in love,” “speak truth in love,” “tough love” but what does that all really mean? What are we saying when we reference the word love? I...

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Do I Attract Unsafe People?

This month in our weekly support group meeting, we have been using the book Safe People by Cloud and Townsend as a discussion starter. This book is a really great resource, and I highly recommend it. It is one of those books that causes you think about your life and...

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Is Being Authentic All That Great?

I just watched a fairy movie with my kids and the ending song, perhaps a moral of the story, sings: “I want to be free to be who I am.”  I’ve heard this message frequently, where there is some homage given to being our authentic selves. Sometimes it seems as if being...

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