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Unsolicited Advice from a Repentant, Sober Father*

My dearest daughter, you are a woman now. That being the case, I have thought long and hard about the wisdom of offering any advice unsolicited. However, having personally witnessed the ongoing, year-after-bloody-year heartache (and untold destruction) wrought by the scourge of addiction, I decided that the risk of you rolling your eyes at me

The Folly of Spiritual Deal-Making, Using Sobriety as a ‘Bargaining Chip’

Today marks an anniversary of sorts for me; as of July 23, 2018, I have officially been sober from illegal drugs and alcohol for 21 years. As I enter into Year 22 of this particularly-grueling adventure with Jesus, it seemed like a good idea to pause and recount His faithfulness to me – even as

The Power of Life As ‘An Open Book’

Earlier today, I was able to comfort a close friend by sharing with her something really stupid, sinful and awful I had done in the fall of 2002; her comfort was not derived from obtaining yet another piece of evidence confirming a widely-held hypothesis that I am a complete idiot, but rather from my sharing

Pursuing Healthy Eating via ‘Heart Surgery’

The latest health-care statistics tell us that seven in ten Americans could stand to lose at least a little weight but, apparently, the majority of that 71% have grown weary of the demoralizing cycle of trying-and-failing, trying again and failing again. According to TIME magazine’s June 5th cover story, we Americans have never been more

Away from God, Toward the Buffet Line

Next month, by God’s grace and inexhaustible mercy, I look forward to celebrating 20 years of sobriety from alcohol and illicit drugs. As that date draws near, it would probably be wise for me to recall that my first day on this 20-year journey was preceded by approximately three years of halting attempts and failures.

Connecting to the Larger Narrative

This past week, I took some time off work to celebrate alongside one of my friends as he made a public proclamation of God’s faithfulness to sinners. More to the point, perhaps, this brother of mine had recently hit the 10-year mark in his recovery from alcohol and, as Providence would have it, he was

For True Change, Consult the Author of ‘All Things New’

Isaiah 43:19 (ESV) Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. Revelation 21:5 And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this

‘Do you want to be healed?’

John 5:1-9a (ESV) After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Aramaic called Bethesda, which has five roofed colonnades. In these lay a multitude of invalids – blind, lame, and paralyzed. One man was there who

The Blessing of Limited Power: Freedom from Crushing Burdens

Right in the middle of an outdoor feast, at a time likely chosen to garner the greatest amount of attention, Jesus said something extraordinary. If you’re at all familiar with your Bible, you probably already know that Jesus said many extraordinary things, but I want to call your attention to one that, on the surface,

Dismantling Depression: Naming Our (Shared) Delusion

Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit” – yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then