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GOD-TALK is dedicated to spiritual and religious topics: the church, relationship with God, Bible topics, worship, Shepherd to Shepherd (pastors speaking to pastors), and everyday life with God-awareness.

Me and Papa: Thinking About God’s Feminine Side

Posted by on May 22, 2014 in Featured, Finding the Balance, God-Walk | 0 comments

Me and Papa: Thinking About God’s Feminine Side

Sometimes I refer to God as Papa, and if you’ve ever read William Paul Young’s The Shack then you already know what image this title brings to mind for me… I remember the first time I was chastised for not being “manly enough.” My grandma worked at a church-run daycare center in Covington, Kentucky, just across the river from Cincinnati, Ohio. Another man from her church worked there as well. Let’s call him Brian (I do so because he and I are still friends… I don’t write this with any anger or...

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Sabbath, Self-Care & Keeping Sane in Ministry

Posted by on Nov 13, 2012 in Finding the Balance, Shepherd To Shepherd | 2 comments

Sabbath, Self-Care & Keeping Sane in Ministry

One topic that comes up often for those of us in ministry, especially ministry in the grey space, is self-care. When working in areas of tension and even conflict, it’s difficult to not become burned out, cynical, disheartened, frustrated, and hurt. It’s challenging to know when to take a break, to give yourself a sabbath from being in the trenches, as well as to know how to spend that time. But as my time in ministry progresses, I’m realizing more and more just how precious and necessary those sabbaths are to me and my personal well-being....

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Learning to Enjoy the Ride

Posted by on Nov 12, 2012 in GOD-TALK, God-Walk, Testify! | 3 comments

Learning to Enjoy the Ride

Ihave always had a heart for God. However, it wasn’t until my freshman year of high school that I began to understand the need to have a personal experience with Him. I was into every activity the Church of God had to offer. VBS, youth retreats and church camp. Oh, church camp! That is where I really “Got it”. The altar services were deep and life changing. This is where I began to feel His presence in my life. Later on in my spiritual journey, I felt there was something more that I needed, I just couldn’t put my finger on it. I saw religious...

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You’re Trying Too Hard

Posted by on Nov 1, 2012 in Cafe Inspirado, God-Walk | 4 comments

You’re Trying Too Hard

Why do we always try to make things so complicated? Life. Love. Faith. Our walk with God. Churchy terms like salvation and righteousness sometimes give us the impression that our day to day life requires special activity to achieve a harmonious existence: one where we’re living in reality in the here and now, at peace with our fellow human beings, and in touch with our God. But it’s really all very simple. And that’s how it’s supposed to be. Effortless. If you’re struggling with it, here’s a little message...

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Resetting Your Most Important Relationship

Posted by on Oct 22, 2012 in Cafe Inspirado, GOD-TALK, God-Walk | 5 comments

Resetting Your Most Important Relationship

Relationships are probably the single most important thing in life. And they’re impossible unless the people in them know themselves and each other. Kinda basic, right? Okay, now without getting all churchy and religious, the single most important relationship you’ll ever have in your life is between you and God — because it affects everything: the way you see the world, how you view yourself, what gets you through difficulty and hard times, influences how we treat each, even how we live on this planet. How you see yourself...

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Politics in the Pulpit?

Posted by on Oct 4, 2012 in Cafe Inspirado, Church Chat, Shepherd To Shepherd | 4 comments

Politics in the Pulpit?

More crazy preachers on T.V. Why does that thought occur more and more frequently in my head?  Maybe the American election season has something to do with it.  And with Election Day looming closer every day, the impulse for preachers to push their people in one direction or another will likely only increase. I was kind of disheartened—shocked, actually—the other day when I read a Facebook comment by a ministry “personality” I really respected. He’d earned his name as a heavy-weight by talking about miracles and the Kingdom...

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Gender-Reassignment and the Image of God

Posted by on Sep 20, 2012 in GOD-TALK, Shepherd To Shepherd | 14 comments

Gender-Reassignment and the Image of God

Of all the issues members of the GLBTQ community deal with, discussing the topic of gender-reassignment and transgendered people can be one of the most difficult to navigate. Gender-reassignment surgery creates perhaps more psychological and theological discussions than any other issue in our community.  No matter how good we become at understanding and practicing tolerance to others different than us, we all get caught with unresolved issues, things we haven’t quite wrapped our minds around – at least not yet – and this is usually at the top...

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Jesus Loves You. Have a Condom.

Posted by on Sep 16, 2012 in Cafe Inspirado, Church Chat, GOD-TALK, Shepherd To Shepherd | 1 comment

Jesus Loves You. Have a Condom.

A group of us were sitting around talking, waiting for the weekly men’s group to begin. I was new to the church, still getting a feel for the place, but the pastor’s approach to living out the faith intrigued me. It was an odd place, a challenging place, but there was something powerfully different here: all that old “churchiness” I’d become accustomed to was strangely missing – and when talking about the church to friends, I was already beginning to think in terms of “we.” As a few of us chatted there in the lobby, I noticed sitting on...

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Beating (Around) the Bush

Posted by on Sep 13, 2012 in Church Chat, GOD-TALK | 0 comments

Beating (Around) the Bush

How many college ministries are failing to hit the spot with college youth    When he asked me if he could lick my teeth, that’s when I knew the night was going downhill. I’d met Daniel the night before at a party. He was attractive in a “filthy gorgeous” kind of way, with dark caramel-colored skin, a fit body, and glasses. I hadn’t really noticed him between the shots of tequila, passion fruit vodka and cheap wine. That is until the end of the night when, in all my snicker-snockered glory, he came up to me and whispered hotly in my ear,...

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Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin?

Posted by on Sep 12, 2012 in GOD-TALK, God-Walk | 0 comments

Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin?

I  doubt there is a Christian in America who hasn’t heard the almost credal aphorism, “Love the sinner, hate the sin.” One can scarcely have a discussion regarding homosexuality with a non-affirming believer without hearing it. If I didn’t know better, I’d swear it was somewhere in the Bible. Just in case you’re unfamiliar with the saying, it refers to people’s belief that God calls us to condemn (hate) the sin in people’s lives without hating those who are committing the sins. It attempts to make a distinction between sinners and the sins...

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