Tis The Season to turn on the lights! (5YTL)

I want to brag a little on a small church congregation whom I have had the privilege to call family for over 17 years. Seventeen years ago, I was introduced to High Places Community Church in Oak Ridge, TN.  High Places is a non-denominational Christian church that was started in 1990.  Throughout these more than 27 years, High Places has served as home to so many people from nearly every walk of life.  With a core mission to to simply "Turn on the Lights" in places that have grown dark, the ...
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Learning to Shower in Oslo (5YTL)

I was fortunate to spend a few days with some awesome folks in Oslo, Norway last week.   It was an informative time, and it allowed me to spend some quality time with some people I often only see on video.  In one of my last days in Oslo, a small group of us were discussing some of the things we had enjoyed the most and the least about our trip.  It was noted that the hotel showers in Oslo are quite small. See, the bathrooms are actually wet rooms.  The showers are sma...
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We are known by the promises we KEEP, not the ones we MAKE (5YTL)

I read an article recently that included this phrase.  It really jumped off the page at me, because I am hypersensitive to people who make commitments and fail to come through. Don't get me wrong.  It's not like I've never let people down against a commitment, but I have a pet peeve with people who do this habitually.  It causes me not to trust their ability to follow through, and it makes me hesitant to accept their commitment in areas that matter. "I know she says she wants to volunteer ...
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Fear and Judgment (5YTL)

Recently, I shared a link to a piece that I read online via social media.  The title of the piece is "Real Christianity vs. Whatever The Heck It Is Conservatives Actually Follow."  Having shared that, I received varying types and levels of feedback, and I want to be clear about my feelings on the topic and perhaps focus more clearly on my thoughts, versus the broad brush with which the author painted his opinions. When the author of that article dubbed his interpretation of modern day Christi...
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