Safe Harbor Project

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Manipulation Is Not a Spiritual Gift

“17 They make much of you, but for no good purpose. They want to shut you out, that you may make much of them.” Galatians 4:17 For many years, I struggled to understand what Paul was talking about in this passage….

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Constructive Competition

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 9 Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. 10 For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another…

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God Has Purpose in Our Pain

One of the persisting questions I get as a pastor is the problem of pain and suffering. Heartbreak. Estrangement. Accidents. Natural disasters. Disease. Death. Why does God allow it? Does He not love us… love me? Is this suffering somehow…

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“How Long Will We Grovel and the feet of… Power?”

A lifetime ago, I was steeped in the Contemporary Christian Music world and followed closely the output of Michael W. Smith. Late in my following of him, he put out the Go West, Young Man album and the song How…

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Beginning a Tough Conversation About the Church

Talking about family is a complicated thing. We are connected to them… like it or not. We come from them. We owe them much of who we are. We love them. And yet the relationships are tangled and frustrating. But…

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Being Amazing v. Being Christlike

“Spiritually abusive churches don’t set out to be abusive. They set out to be amazing.” K.J. Ramsey, @kjramseywrites, 10/15/20 I read the above tweet and I was gobsmacked (I love that word but don’t get to use it often). I…

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Safe Harbor Project

When I left my last ministry calling, I was sure God was calling me away, but I was unsure of what He was calling me to. For the first few months after leaving, we rested from ministry, focusing on our…

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