"Clowns are not in the center of the events. They appear between the great acts, fumble and fall, and make us smile again after the tensions created by the heroes we came to admire. The clowns don't have it together, they do not succeed in what they try to do, they are awkward, out of balance, and left-handed, but . . . they are on our side. We respond to them not with admiration but with sympathy, not with amazement but with understanding, not with tension but with a smile. Of the virtuosi we say, 'How can they do it?' Of the clowns we say, 'They are like us.' The clowns remind us with a tear and a smile that we share the same weaknesses." — Henri Nouwen in Clowning In Rome

My own journey in the spiritual disciplines, inner healing, and pastoring are clown-ful attempts at best. But this is fine, because I think it's friendship, not knowledge, that most of us are really after. So here's to another one of my well-meaning attempts at life together...

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How To Change Your Life By Changing Your Habits - Part 2

“YOU CANNOT OVERESTIMATE THE UNIMPORTANCE OF PRACTICALLY EVERYTHING.” – JOHN MAXWELL

THINK ABOUT THAT FOR A SECOND... HOW MUCH OF YOUR TIME today will be SPENT ON THINGS THAT WILL HAVE absolutely no IMPACT ON YOUR FUTURE OR ON ETERNITY? PAYING BILLS. CLEANING UP A SPILL. WATCHING HULU. THE LIST GOES ON. 

THE SOBERING REALITY IS THAT TIME IS A CURRENCY WE ONLY GET TO SPEND ONCE. WE CAN NEVER GET IT BACK, OR EARN MORE. IT'S JUST GONE. read more

How To Hate Prayer - Part 4 - Dealing With Shame

I recently RAN A POLL ON DISQUS ASKING "WHY DO CHRISTIANS HATE PRAYER?" I KNOW, I KNOW, WE DON’T HATE PRAYER, PER SE, WE JUST NEVER DO IT.

I GET IT.

OF COURSE, PEOPLE IMMEDIATELY ENGAGED THE CLICKBAIT, WITH PIRANHA-LIKE INSTINCTS, TO TELL ME HOW MUCH THEY DIDN'T HATE PRAYER! EVENTUALLY THE OUTRAGE SUBSIDED AND SOME REAL ANSWERS BEGAN TO EMERGE.

THE NUMBER ONE RESPONSE WAS EXACTLY WHAT I EXPECTED IT TO BE: Keep Reading

Church Dogma And My First And Last Facebook Debate

NOT TOO LONG AGO, AN ARTICLE MADE ITS ROUNDS ON THE INTERNET ABOUT HOW THE NIV WAS ENGAGED IN A CONSPIRACY TO REMOVE VERSES AND EVEN ENTIRE PASSAGES FROM THE BIBLE. 45 VERSES AND MANY MORE WORDS ARE MISSING FROM THE NIV THAT WERE IN THE FIRST ENGLISH TRANSLATION OF THE BIBLE: THE KJV. 

[GASP... INSERT SHOCK AND AWE HERE]

THE REASON FOR THIS IS ACTUALLY SIMPLE (AND RATHER UN-CONSPIRATORIAL). 

I'll give you the cliff notes but you'll have to excuse me while I nerd out for a paragraph. Read more...

How To Change Your Life By Changing Your Habits

You will never change your life, until you change something you do daily. The secret to success lies in your daily routine. ~John Maxwell

THE LAST COUPLE OF MONTHS, I'VE SPENT SOME TIME FILTERING MY LIFE THROUGH THIS QUOTE. FOR BETTER OR WORSE, YOUR LIFE IS THE SUM TOTAL OF YOUR HABITS. THIS HAS ACTUALLY BEEN LIBERATING IN A LOT OF WAYS. Keep Reading

How To Hate Prayer - Part 3 - Structuring Your Prayer Times

I'M GONNA BE COMPLETELY HONEST HERE.

I'VE PRETTY MUCH HAD MY LIFE PLANNED OUT SINCE MIDDLE SCHOOL. 

MY TO DO LIST IS COLOR CODED.

EACH DAY OF THE WEEK I INTENTIONALLY FOCUS ON A DIFFERENT SECTION OF MY JOB DESCRIPTION... WHO DOES THAT? Keep reading