Avoiding (one form of) Cannibalism

[SPOILER: This post does not intend to be “helpful.”  I’m wrestling with something and I’d love any insight, if you have any.] In the last six months or so, I’ve started to find the language for a tension I live with.  I’ll never forget reading Henri Nouwen’s The Wounded Healer years ago…

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An update long in coming

Hey friends – This little note is WAY overdue, but better late than never, as they say… Just wanted to say a big “thank you” to those of you, near and far, who prayed for me and my family during my six week preaching sabbatical and our little family vacation…

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A Little Update on Me for the Bloom Fam

Hey Bloom Family – About this time four years ago, my family and I were on the verge of making one of the biggest and (in retrospect) best decisions of our lives–uprooting our life in Tulsa and making the journey out West, to Denver, to help bring this fledgling little…

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Words that Belong to Me

Not long ago I was preaching to a group of folks, and the experience was – well, less than what I would have hoped for. That always bugs me.  I feel like my main contribution to the world is words.  And when that’s not working quite right, it drives me up…

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With Gratitude, the Sunday before Thanksgiving…

Tonight marks our second annual Bloom all-church Thanksgiving dinner.  At 5:00 tonight, we’ll gather for worship, share a short teaching, and then feast together on turkey, potatoes of various kinds, stuffing, gravy, pies… the works.  Somewhere in the middle of the feasting, we’ll open up the microphone and let people…

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Back into the blogging habit for the Fall…

Hey friends and readers of this blog – Thanks so much for your prayers and thoughts as I stepped away from blogging this summer.  I made a really deliberate effort to dial my activity level back over the past few months, re-center, re-focus, and re-prioritize who I am and what…

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