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Grief 2.0 – “Table Talk with CCU” – From Mourning to Morning: Reflections on a Journey

The Inaugural “Table Talk with CCU” — A series for CCU that is patterned off of the TED talk series of lectures.  I was asked to give this short talk reflecting on my journey through grief.  

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Words, words, words

I often make the comment that, “words matter.” You’re probably saying (in your head), “Way to go, Captain Obvious! You appear to have a firm grasp on reality.” I don’t say that because I’m kind of a geek about words … Continue reading

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Grief 2.0 – Acceptance

There probably no more debated and resisted subject of discussion within grieving than acceptance. Because of this, allow me to focus specifically on the area of grief first, and then later I’ll look at this subject in other areas of … Continue reading

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Judge, jury, and executioner: A modern parable (pt. 2)

Gayle sat in the chair to my right, and beyond her was the Sheriff’s deputy who we found out was named Jerry.  He sat down rather uncomfortably adjusting his sidearm so he could sit in the chair.  Once everyone was … Continue reading

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Judge, jury and executioner: A modern parable (pt 1)

The silence was shattered as your cell phone shouted at you as if to say, “Hey stupid, pay attention!” You jump like you’ve never heard your cell phone before. You’re so engrossed in what you were doing, the cell phone seems … Continue reading

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Powerful Prepositions

Okay, so call me a geek, but lately I’ve been curious and sensitive to the power of certain prepositions in our language, and what they signify to us. No, this is not going to be a lesson in grammar or … Continue reading

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The power of shame

As I sat and listened to the story of Nicodemus once again, I was reminded of the effect shame has on me and probably most people when it comes to being reminded that we are less than we “should” be. … Continue reading

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Embracing Brokenness

Once a year a friend and I head to the mountains for our annual retreat. One year, he will come to Colorado, and the next year I will go to Seattle. We will hang out, ask questions that poke around … Continue reading

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How or where?

I was listening with great interest to our lead pastor as he continued to take us through the Sermon on the Mount. As he was talking, it occurred to me that the questions we ask when presented with the truth … Continue reading

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Voices from Silence – Retreatant 1

Hearing God in the Silence Going into this past weekend, I had planned, expected, and hoped to see and hear God in a more obvious way than I have in a very long time. Since beginning a season of grieving … Continue reading

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