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Stephen Grant
Tryin' to leave a drop of grace in every step I take as I raise my eyes from shame to grace
Interests: Wife, Kids, Pets, Theology & Psychology, Recovery, Freedom, Portland Timbers & Motorcycles
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So, for me, to be a Rebel for Love - A rebel for the Kingdom - means that I do this work. I look for the good in the midst of the shit. In some crazy ways, this starting point is the fuel of my freedom. Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2019 at Promises
As we live in love; experience freedom from shame; create beauty and speak life; using power to serve the rest of creation; we begin to live life as it was designed to be lived. And so, I believe, that in order to experience the fullness of life, we need to experience the fullness of these things Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2019 at Promises
It is the middle of the month and today, there is no rain. It seems rare these days -- to have a day without rain. When I rode south to help Maggie move into culinary school in Coos Bay three... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2019 at Promises
Tomorrow we leave on our 2300 mile motorcycle adventure to the Montana Rocky Mountains. During the eleven day trip, we will travel through four states and cross the continental divide four times. Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2018 at Motorcycle Marriage
I’m the outcast - The one that always never belonged. She did it to me... "Are you kidding? That doesn't happen." The evils of which you speak are an everyday occurrence for you; Which is precisely why they are so... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2018 at Promises
We are launching this site to chronicle a planned 11-day 2200 + mile epic motorcycle journey with two good friends we call the Harleys. But we also want to talk about what motorcycling is teaching us about communication and how it surfaces how we view each other; and exemplifies what it means to "make space" for one another. Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2018 at Motorcycle Marriage
I’m sitting in a coffee shop with Nic, from the Seattle School. His Dad was killed in a motorcycle accident on Sunday in Arizona. He asked me to simply be with him as he got on a conference call with... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2018 at Promises
A Note to Begin: Thomas, your words that you read the first volume of Letters to My Children made me happier than you can imagine. Then when Rascal died I had something to say again to you as adults. So... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2018 at Promises
Sunday, my rector preached from Luke 18:10-14 Then Jesus told this story to some who had great confidence in their own righteousness and scorned everyone else: “Two men went to the Temple to pray. One was a Pharisee, and the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2016 at Promises
Because he forgave me (and he had to forgive a shit ton of sin in me), I get to take communion. And as I take communion, I say, "I will enter into his death and give up my life for the world in the same way he gave up his for me. It may look like it costs me everything, but death always precedes resurrection, and resurrection is better than life!" Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2016 at Promises
In my second year of grad school, our Therapy professor introduced my cohort to the work of Margaret Crastnopol who studied and wrote about psychic micro-trauma. She spent two hours with us presenting a paper and then took questions about... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2016 at Promises
Sometimes, recovery looks eerily similar to the abusive church. When members are encouraged to stay away from others who have "graduated" from the fellowship, there can be a kind of cultish feel to 12 steppers. The general belief is, "Once... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2016 at Promises
Growing up the son of a missionary and gospel singer/evangelist who were committed to living, "by faith:" asking no one but God to meet the family's needs shaped me in some interesting and challenging ways. I grew up having visited... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2016 at Promises
So it ended up being a long 384-mile day. My foot is messed up, swollen and black and blue. The injury slowed us down. I move like Tim Conway in a Carol Burnett sketch. Because of that, we were 40... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2016 at Promises
The "Rever*" map of our first day's route There is a downside to Coms -- Things you say out loud that normally no one else but God can hear, get heard by your spouse. And it may be hard to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2016 at Promises
Taking a bike trip isn't like taking a car trip. We are sorting through what to take and what bags to take as well as making sure the bikes are ready for the journey. In the case of my '86... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2016 at Promises
On Monday morning Paula and I will start a motorcycle trip that will take us to Coeur D' alene, ID. On Wednesday we will leave Coeur D' alene and head north to Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada. Amidst the insanity this... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2016 at Promises
My Love, When we married, Given the misogynistic culture we inhabited, I knew that a part of loving you meant creating space for you to be all God made you to be. I needed all those skills I gained as... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2016 at Promises
The new storyline that the Pulse killer was himself a closeted gay man changes this storyline drastically. It is wrong to call this a homophobic attack. Having said that, in some ways, it is much more devastatingly indicting of our... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2016 at Promises
A long time ago, when I was hanging out at a Graduate Christian Fellowship function, Dr. George Mavrodes, a professor of philosophy at the University of Michigan, related a story to me of a colleague who was working on his... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2016 at Promises
I've driven the United States 47 times, visiting all 48 contiguous states. I can't count how many times I've travelled north and south. I remember going to AAA to get their "Triptiks." Triptiks were fantastic. I'd go into an AAA... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2016 at Promises
In which I think I discover the kind of woman that would cause Paul to write what he wrote both in the Pastorals and to the Corinthians. I'll take an order of hermeneutics and epistemology to go, please. Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2016 at Promises
I am late to the Youtube party. And surprisingly I do not find myself searching it for hours on end. And, here are four Youtube Channels that I really enjoy. I need to be careful because I am not endorsing... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2016 at Promises
The past three years required me to spend over 40 days either in a cage (car) or on my bike commuting over 31,000 total miles to that little fishing village to the north of Portland to attend classes. I also... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2016 at Promises
Today is my last day taking classes at the Seattle School. I had the last class with the man with whom I came to study. This is the last time that I get to sit in class with my friends,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2016 at Promises