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Bachelor Food: Saturday Morning Coconut Pancakes

Posted by on Feb 7, 2017 in Cafe Inspirado, Food! | 0 comments

Bachelor Food: Saturday Morning Coconut Pancakes

It’s hard to write when you’re full. And that’s one thing these coconut pancakes do: fill you up. It’s all the fiber in them, I think. But they’re tasty, easy to make — and grain-free. So here’s how this little adventure started out. I love my carbs. Pastas, pancakes, pastries, crusty French bread… They’re the stuff of life. They’re also not great for someone keeping an eye on their blood sugars and lipids. So I’ve been deliberately cutting out foods with added sugars, and...

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Bachelor Food: Pasta Puttanesca

Posted by on Oct 28, 2016 in Cafe Inspirado, Food! | 0 comments

Bachelor Food: Pasta Puttanesca

It’s been a while since we’ve run a foodie post, but the other day when I posted a photo of my dinner on Facebook (yeah, I’m one of those people), a bachelor friend commented that he doesn’t know how to cook and wished I’d posted the recipe along with the photo. So, for you, Jay, here it is. I’ve been a spaghetti fan since I was a kid. And it’s one of the handful of foods that almost every guy knows how to cook. No big recipe needed, no elaborate culinary planning or advanced shopping needed. Most of...

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Stop Looking for Mr Right

Posted by on Oct 26, 2016 in Cafe Inspirado, Featured, Love & Sex | 15 comments

Stop Looking for Mr Right

Today a friend took the gutsy step of publicly posting that he was back in the dating game, and thought that with his large pool of friends on Facebook, he might have better luck making connections by announcing to a wider audience. Sure, why not? What are friends for if not setting you up on your next blind date? But here’s the kicker, the thing that got me to write this. He added, “for those seriously interested only.” And there it is. I see it a lot in my Christian guy friends. The desire to skip right over the dating...

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Not So Blessed: When disaster takes out your enemy

Posted by on Aug 18, 2016 in Cafe Inspirado, Church Chat | 0 comments

Not So Blessed: When disaster takes out your enemy

  I had to resist rubbing my hands together in a weak moment of delighted schadenfreude when I read that Tony Perkins — rabid right-wing, anti-gay leader of the Family Research Council — lost his house this past week in the floods of Louisiana. The same guy who preached that natural disasters were God’s vengeance on America for tolerating gays, abortion … and whatever in-vogue sin of the day is tolerated in our society. Maybe you’re not so blessed, so privileged as you think. “Karma,” some of my...

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Breaking Up Was One of the Best Things to Ever Happen to Me

Posted by on May 13, 2016 in Cafe Inspirado, Featured, Love & Sex | 0 comments

Breaking Up Was One of the Best Things to Ever Happen to Me

A couple of friends on social media have posted recently about the difficulties they’re having after breaking up with their boyfriends. I can empathize. That emotional vortex can tear you apart for a few weeks and make you feel like your whole life is destroyed. But, for me, it turned out to be one of the best things to ever happen to me. Relationships are wonderful things. We humans seem to crave them. We can feel isolated, lonely, and incomplete without them, as if our lives have little or no meaning unless someone else is there sharing it...

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Please, Don’t Invite Someone to Church This Month

Posted by on Mar 29, 2016 in Cafe Inspirado, Church Chat, Featured | 22 comments

Please, Don’t Invite Someone to Church This Month

We’ve got some big problems in the Church these days. That’s no great revelation. Just ask anybody on the street what they think of Christianity, especially during election season, and you’ll get an earful.  We hear it so often, in fact, that we in the Church turn a deaf ear to it. We tune it out. We’re callous to criticism. And we just go on our merry way, carrying on as good soldiers of the Cross. Well, at least on Sundays. So when I drove by this sign stuck lazily in the ground by the side of the road, insisting I “invite someone to church...

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An Introvert’s Guide to Following Your Peace

Posted by on Feb 8, 2016 in Cafe Inspirado, Church Chat, Featured | 0 comments

An Introvert’s Guide to Following Your Peace

Today, another moral dilemma for an introvert. One of the guys in the company I work for put in his notice, and the managers want to do a “going away lunch” for him — today. Short notice. And it kinda freaks me out. I really don’t want to go. I hardly know the guy, I hate work-related social events, and especially without adequate time to mentally prepare myself. So, should I go or not?  “Should I.” That’s the operative phrase. When chewing on this … and getting texts from a friend who also...

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Growing Beyond the Formulas

Posted by on Nov 16, 2015 in Cafe Inspirado, Featured, God-Walk | 0 comments

Growing Beyond the Formulas

I just saw a cute meme on Facebook. Sounds almost like the beginning of a joke, right? But I really liked it. It was tasteful, unlike so many of the religious-themed ones. It had a message I liked.  And it was simple. But … It was also simplistic. As far as memes go, this one was probably as true as any of them. General encouragement, general principle, general instruction. Generally helpful. But the problem is that it was just that: general and simplistic. It could not address my specific situation. It reduced a complex and free-flowing...

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The Sacrament of Cooking Bacon

Posted by on Nov 11, 2015 in Cafe Inspirado, Featured, Get Real | 0 comments

The Sacrament of Cooking Bacon

Growing up as a Protestant, I had an inherent distaste for ritual. Liturgy, routines and orders of worship (even though every church has one) … were all equated with “religion,” the imitation of true relationship with God. “Religion = Death” was a mental slogan, even if the words never quite formed that way in our minds.  Even habits. You hardly ever heard about “good habits.” Mostly, habits were referenced in the context of sinful things we did, that our “flesh” compelled us to do. Habits...

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Now is the Time of Your Breakthrough. Or Maybe Not.

Posted by on Oct 23, 2015 in Cafe Inspirado, Featured, God-Walk | 9 comments

Now is the Time of Your Breakthrough. Or Maybe Not.

  “God has a plan. God is working his plan. God’s plan includes you.”  Those were words printed in bold letters on a sign hung above the pulpit in a church I used to go to in Tulsa. The pastor wanted her people to know that their lives were not just stuck in the mud, that God was doing something in them and through them. God was working. We all need that hope. We all need that reassurance that we’re part of something bigger, that our lives have significance and purpose. Or at least, many of us do. I do. And every once in a while we need...

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