Again: O, the injustice!

There is something else meaningless that occurs on earth: the righteous who get what the wicked deserve, and the wicked who get what the righteous deserve. This too, I say, is meaningless. So I commend the enjoyment of life, because there is nothing better for a person under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then … Continue reading “Again: O, the injustice!”

A Tale of Two Lives–Five Years Ago Today!

Five years ago to this day, I applied for my first unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) while my world was falling apart. My wife had left me. We were still doing couples counseling–as I remember it. But that was an exercise in futility. Unknown to me at the time, my (now ex) wife was … Continue reading “A Tale of Two Lives–Five Years Ago Today!”

Celebrating Mighty Mothers!

But his mother treasured all these things in her heart. -Luke 2:51b, NIV This post is to acknowledge and celebrate all those amazing mothers who come here. The world is a better place because of your dedication and faithfulness–even and especially–in this world broken by treachery and sin. Happy Mother’s Day! I know I am … Continue reading “Celebrating Mighty Mothers!”

Loving Well Matters Eternally!

Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ -Matthew 22:37-39, NLT In the midst of the real injustices and insults surrounding being cheated upon, faithful spouses often … Continue reading “Loving Well Matters Eternally!”

Working on the Divorce Minister book…

Work has commenced in producing a book form of this blog. I have tentatively entitled the project: Taking Adultery Seriously: The Divorce Minister Guide To Surviving Infidelity Since I have a full-time job that pays the bills and an active young family, please be patient with me as I work on the manuscript for this … Continue reading “Working on the Divorce Minister book…”

And then the sadness fades away…

I will exalt you, Lord, for you rescued me.     You refused to let my enemies triumph over me. … You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy…. -Psalm 30:1, 11b, NLT Memories of one’s past life remain. They sometimes stalk one in the strangest of times and places. Such is … Continue reading “And then the sadness fades away…”

Fire Forged Friendship with God

When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. -Isaiah 43:2, NLT What makes me so devoted to following Jesus? Like numerous … Continue reading “Fire Forged Friendship with God”

God Uses Broken and Weak People – Ask Paul!

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” -2  Corinthians 12:9a, NIV The blogosphere has been ignited by Joe Carter’s “Beware of Broken Wolves” post at The Gospel Coalition website. I found the article disturbing. In particular, I was troubled when Carter wrote: But … Continue reading “God Uses Broken and Weak People – Ask Paul!”

The Pastoral Affirmation Need

A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out. -Isaiah 42:3a, NIV Divorce Minister exists to a great part because it speaks to a need I felt in my darkest days. The need for pastoral affirmation and support while going through infidelity discovery and divorce. When my marriage was … Continue reading “The Pastoral Affirmation Need”