Published August 11th, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off on Grieving Robin Williams’ Death against the Backdrop of Christian Genocide in Iraq

Anyone who cares for a great comedy is mourning the loss of actor Robin Williams, apparently to suicide. Early reports indicate that the actor died from asphyxiation.

But there’s something more disturbing to me.

Published August 6th, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off on God’s Not Late

As a dad of two preschoolers, lots of things conspire to make me late. Things that are outside my control.

But the longer I walk with Christ and the more I work with men in recovery, the more I realize God is never late – no matter what my impression is of His timeliness from my point of view.

Published July 29th, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off on Nudging God’s Hand of Providence (Hint: It’s a Bad Idea)

In the moment, I tend to forget that when God is ready to do something, He doesn’t need my help. In fact, I’m convinced that He will sometimes step back and wait for me to exhaust my own efforts before acting on my behalf.

Unfortunately, it’s a hard lesson I’m still in the process of learning.

Published July 15th, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off on Treating Satan as a Shrewd Telemarketer

I once worked as a telemarketer when I was starting out in my counseling career. Those were not my glory days and there was much about telemarketing I didn’t appreciate. However, there are a few lessons I learned during this season that stuck with me. This is one of them.

Published July 7th, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off on Breaking the Clay Pot in Recovery

It’s not like the tree died. But its growth became stunted, unable to grow to its full and mature size, unable to become all that God created it to be. In this root-bound condition, a person often reaches out for help…

Published June 23rd, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off on What Headaches Teach Us about “Deliverance”

Would we say there’s no deliverance from my headache if the pain we’re reduced from 10 to 4? I wouldn’t. You likely wouldn’t, either.

So when it comes to our besetting sins in recovery, why do so many Christians only label deliverance as the total elimination of their impulses and desires?