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The paradox of the modern church

In the period since I’ve become self-aware, I’ve noticed a worrying trend in the church community I grew up in. It has been there for -as far as I know- my entire life, and I wonder if it’s as good a thing as ministers and church leaders think it is. 381 more words



From Merriam-Webster, the simple definition states:  the quality of being honest and fair.  The state of being complete and whole.

The full definition states:  Firm adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values, incorruptibility.   150 more words

Identity (October 23, 2016)

If there is one thing that I often do as an English teacher here in Japan, it’s introduce
myself. I’ve probably introduced myself more in one year in Japan than I did my entire life in Hawaii. 3,681 more words

Old Testament


Having a low opinion of yourself is not “modesty”. It’s self-destruction. Holding your uniqueness in high regard is not “egotism”. It’s a necessary precondition to happiness and success. 249 more words



Sometimes we aren’t as charitable as we should be.  We are deaf to those who want to be heard, we are quick to make a judgement and we speak out of ego rather than of spirit, becoming unkind and quick tempered.   688 more words

23 Oct update

​It’s been a while since I last posted an update, life has been busy busy busy. Work, trying to date, going out with friends, trying to find time to take short breaks. 408 more words


The fruit of kindness in crafting ...

By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.  Galatians 5: 22, 23

Today’s fruit is “kindness,” as it relates to crafting. 937 more words

Spiritual Formation