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An online community for those confronting what the church and culture tells them is normal.

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There Should Be Nothing Mediocre About Your Life

By | Confronting Faith

Recently a blog post went viral that caught my attention: What if All I Want Is A Mediocre Life? The post struck me for a number of reasons: The gentleness of the writer. The sigh of relief it offered. The simple but power-filled words. It was a message easy to gravitate to. “The world is such a noisy place. Loud, haranguing voices lecturing me to hustle, to improve, build, strive, yearn, acquire, compete, and grasp for more. For bigger and better. Sacrifice sleep for productivity. Strive for excellence. Go big or go home. Have a huge impact in the world. Make your life count. But what if…

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Has Church Become Another Thing To Do?

By | Confronting Church

I grew up in the pew. I know the drill. Church was never something my sisters and I questioned because we knew that we knew. Every Sunday, as a family, we go to church. Period. But now I’m an adult. I no longer wear poofy bows and frilly dresses (thanks for that, mom), but I also can’t help but question a few things. Like, has church become another thing to do? I get it. I really do. Commitment is good. Consistency is necessary. Attendance and involvement and participation all build a foundation of stability for ones life. But what happens…

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Why Minimalizing Our Faith Is Necessary

By | Confronting Faith

There is such a thing as too much of a good thing. I know. I lived it. Somehow my life was no longer filled or fulfilled with good things, but cluttered by it. I felt overworked. Stressed. Exhausted. Confused. Conflicted. I couldn’t keep up. Sound familiar? Not exactly my idea of a great life. And if you’re reading this post, I assume you would agree. So I did the only thing I could think to do – I marched down to my basement and started tackling the many bins in my storage room that were filled with question marks and…

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Trading The Good Life For Great Adventure

By | Confronting Culture

We had it all. Two beautiful little boys. A dream house we built. A desirable neighbourhood. A city voted the #1 place to live and raise a family (at that time). A thriving economy. A stable country. Possibility and opportunity. Position and influence. Great friends. Loving family who all lived within a 20-minute drive. A deeply rooted church community. And a lifestyle of entrepreneurial freedom and flexibility. We don’t say that to brag. Honest. We say all that to say this: it looked good on the outside but the INside was falling apart. Here’s what was happening to the rest…

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Done With Busy

By | Confronting Trends

Everywhere I look people are running in every which-way direction. It’s madness. We wave while pulling out of parking lots. We text instead of call. We “catch up” between sprints and kid pickups. We greet one another with questions that aren’t questions at all. How are you “?” And when there are a few minutes of potential conversation, the same ol’ depressing opener has become the standard go-to starter, “I’m sooooooo busy.” Ugh. I’m over it. I’m done with busy. If it means handing in my badge, so be it. It never felt like an accomplishment anyway. Besides, know what’s even crazier than being crazy busy? It’s…

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