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Bill
North Central Illinois
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This morning I awoke with a familiar affliction: Restless boredom. In fact, it's plagued me all weekend. To be honest, it's afflicted me most of my adult life. I sat for a couple of hours, clad in sweats with mussed hair and morning breath, in front of my laptop, daydreaming... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2012 at You 2.0
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I have been reading Christ of the Celts by J. Philip Newell. Last week I shared, via Facebook, the following quote from the book: "Grace is given not to make us something other than ourselves, but to make us radically ourselves. Grace is given not to implant in us a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2012 at Confessions of a Christian Dropout
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I have been reading Christ of the Celts by J. Philip Newell. Last week I shared, via Facebook, the following quote from the book: "Grace is given not to make us something other than ourselves, but to make us radically ourselves. Grace is given not to implant in us a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2012 at You 2.0
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Nearly every Sunday morning I spend a few hours at Starbucks writing. I arrive around 10:00 am hoping to find one of the few tables near an electric outlet open. Often it's not. There's one family of two older parents and their grown kids who always seem to beat me... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2012 at You 2.0
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My first job required that I stand for several hours over a sink full of hot soapy water washing away food remnants before placing dishes into an industrial dishwasher. The tools of my trade: "bus tubs," spatulas, a trash can filled with what appeared to be evidence of a mass... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2012 at You 2.0
"Do all you can to live in peace with everyone." ~Romans 12:18 I had to "unfriend" a long-time personal acquaintance and Facebook friend last night. I am rarely the one to pull the "unfriend" trigger in social media and in real life. But there are times when individuals, whether in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2012 at You 2.0
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I saw a story in the news that the third week of January is typically considered by many to be the most depressing week of the year kicked off by what is known as "Blue Monday." A combination of factors bears the blame. The joy rush of the holiday season... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2012 at Confessions of a Christian Dropout
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I saw a story in the news that the third week of January is typically considered by many to be the most depressing week of the year kicked off by what is known as "Blue Monday." A combination of factors bears the blame. The joy rush of the holiday season... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2012 at You 2.0
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It was on Friday morning, the day after this past Thanksgiving, that my father and I sat watching the news while mother fixed breakfast. In the midst of a friendly jab back and forth over MSNBC as the official state-controlled media of the liberal leftist Democrats and Fox News as... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2012 at You 2.0
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For about a month now I've been working on building a new online presence called You 2.0 where I, along with guest writers, will focus on topics such as career, money, relationships, religion-free spirituality, and personal transformation. Nothing would make me happier than for the audience here to join me... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2012 at Confessions of a Christian Dropout
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I began dabbling with blogging back in 2005. For a couple of years I maintained a pretty consistent presence and gathered a respectable audience. After a period of time I took a long look at all I had published and found, for the most part, that my writing had been... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2012 at You 2.0
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"So the image of God is not simply a characteristic of who we are, which may or may not be there, depending on whether or not we have been baptized. The image of God is the essence of our being. It is the core of the human soul. We are... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2012 at Confessions of a Christian Dropout
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During the darkest moments of my "dropping out" process a couple of years ago I had arrived at the conclusion that yes, God existed. But no, he was not attentive to me or my life. In fact, I perceived and proclaimed him to be utterly ambivalent toward all matters concerning... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2012 at You 2.0
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When the soon-to-be Christian dropout reaches the tipping point and finally withdraws from the religious institution, you face the ease and disease of isolation. Prior to dropping out you are part of a club. Some call it a community or a fellowship. Every week there is a place to go.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2012 at You 2.0
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One of the things that has so caught my attention recently as I recall the spirituality of the ancient Celtic followers of Christ is their belief that the experience of God's presence and nature is not limited to the church setting, but can be found in all of life and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2012 at You 2.0
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As a little boy, sleep would come easily, consume me deeply, and last until I was forced into consciousness by some unkind interruption like an alarm clock, or a midnight storm. I remember occasions when in the earliest, and eeriest hours of the morning the wind would begin to howl... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2012 at You 2.0
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I was the founding and lead pastor of a church from 2002 to 2005. Our congregation was eclectic to say the least. This was one thing that went as planned. When I first felt compelled to begin a new church I didn't want to simply start one that looked like... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2012 at You 2.0
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There are some who believe that if, while driving or walking, a black cat crosses your path, you will have bad luck. There are some who believe that breaking a mirror, walking under a ladder, or waking up on Friday the 13th brings misfortune. There are individuals who believe that... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2011 at Confessions of a Christian Dropout
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The self-important part of my psyche imagines that you, my faithful readers, have been wondering where I've been. The realist in me realizes that when you see this post in your feed your response will be something like, "Oh yeah, him." Nevertheless I wanted to write a brief post to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2011 at Confessions of a Christian Dropout
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I was the founding and lead pastor of a church from 2002 to 2005. Our congregation was eclectic to say the least. This was one thing that went as planned. When I first felt compelled to begin a new church I didn't want to simply start one that looked like... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2011 at Confessions of a Christian Dropout
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It's a quiet morning filled with sound. The soothing melodies of Kazuhiko Ikegami's Mau, compliments of Dish Network's Aura station, are drifting through the house. The door to the back porch is open as it's an unseasonably warm autumn day. The trees of the backyard and the woods behind my... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2011 at Confessions of a Christian Dropout
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"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” ~Acts 1:8 I had lunch today with a pastor whom I've somewhat gotten to know... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2011 at Confessions of a Christian Dropout
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The first chapter is almost done. By tomorrow evening all of the main characters of Underground; The Novel will be formed, with life breathed into them, and the story will begin to unfold. I've always been intimidated by the the idea of writing fiction, but I'm actually finding it easier... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2011 at Confessions of a Christian Dropout
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It began with a blog post in mid June, 2011. In the days and weeks that followed I began "meeting" men and women from all across the United States who could relate to the words I was writing and intertwined their stories, and to an extent their lives, with mine... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2011 at Confessions of a Christian Dropout
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This morning my friend Jessica published an excellent post entitled When Wonder Wanes. I encourage you to go read it. It reminded me of a post I wrote several years ago on a former blog entitled Where Has The Wonder Gone. I'll share it with you here. Keep in mind... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2011 at Confessions of a Christian Dropout