A Man I’ll Never Be

I grew up in the ’70s. It was an odd time for music. Contrary to popular belief the genre of the era was not just Disco. Some of the best Rock n’ Roll music ever written came from that decade, including a song that I heard today.  Boston’s legendary lead singer, Brad Delp performing - A Man I’ll Never Be. Written by Tom Scholz, a fabulous musician in his own right, played lead guitar. Go online and listen in as you follow along with the lyrics. If I said what's on my mind You'd ...

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Three Sides to Every Story

“The health of any relationship or organization is a function of the lag time between identifying and discussing problems.” – Crucial Conversations Unity Not Division I am profoundly disturbed by not only the political discourse but the climate of hostility that exists today in this country. Especially when it’s played out on social media (which is neither social or media) and even more alarmingly between people who call themselves Christ-followers. The cosmic divide is insane at ...

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Control Is An Illusion

Trying to make this life work on my own terms is just down-right futile. If you’ve been paying any attention to my latest musings on the EBM blog, Instagram, or FB, you’ve seen a pattern begin to develop. For instance, deciding our life is manageable without Him, to resist the temptation to check out, to facing the unknown, to the concept of divine control, to understanding the value of rest and to the requirements of waiting on God. It all seems a bit surreal to me. God’s been showing ...

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God’s Got This – He Really Does!

For as long as I’ve been on this journey I still doubt. I let fear reign - even though my experience tells me that God always comes through. I suppose I don’t trust myself to make the right decisions. When “things” get a little tough I blame me, someone else, or Him if I feel like being the victim. It’s a lie straight from hell. When I conjure up the notion that life must be orchestrated by me, not God, I negate the ultimate sacrifice Jesus made to save me. How ridiculous. And the ...

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Lazarus – A Second Chance at Life

Do you know how things happen in three’s? Well, I got one for you. I decided to lead with “Imaginative Prayer”, an Ignatian contemplative exercise, in our Identity Practices class at the Mission where my wife, Colleen, works. The story of Lazarus in John 11 seemed like the perfect option. So, we read through it and had the group picture themselves in the scene as quiet music played in the background. The experience was deeply spiritual followed by a time of robust discussion. The very ...

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New Life

It happened. Finally. It started over the weekend and today in even greater splendor. It’s Spring in Pennsylvania. Yep, I looked outside and there it was. Leaves unfurling like “Old Glory”. I wanted to salute. In our window boxes were tulips that opened their petals seemingly overnight - tucked in among the pansies that my amazing wife planted last week. Vibrant with new life. The boy birds are chasing the girl birds. Acting up when a rival comes to challenge their manhood. The grass ...

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The New Me Video & Audio

https://youtu.be/1AsgkC6Jz-E The New Me https://soundcloud.com/embracingbrokenness/the-new-me There's so much "healing" available to all of us when we go deeper into the Christian journey. One rooted in the truth about who we are. The New Me - saved by Christ and in Him. Steve asks a couple of questions to go deeper.

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Developing a Curiosity About God – Video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZfOVkHViNeE It's critical in our healing journey that we identify and develop an intellectual curiosity about God. Colleen shares a few thoughts here on what that might look like for you.

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Living the Anxious Life

There’s something about the healing journey that flies in the face of logic. Especially for folks that thrive on knowing. Those that research the heck out of everything before doing anything. Trying to figure out what God is doing in any give situation can be a nightmare for some of us - but a sweet dream for others. If only I (Steve) could make it a sweet dream, day in and day out. Boy is that a tough assignment. I’m deeply engaged in a 10-month program that Terry Wardle and ...

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Beauty in the Darkness

Did you know that there are at least 10 beautiful flowers that only bloom at night? One of those is the Red flare tropical water lily. I continue to be amazed and enamored by God’s creation. We can learn so much through nature. I was particularly struck by the oddity of flowers blooming at night. My innate instinct was to believe the Sun and daylight produce the most vibrant of colors, in most every living thing. Ah, but therein lies the dichotomy. Is it possible that in the darkest ...

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