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A breath of fresh air for your mind.

Have you been prioritizing your daily to-do lists over life’s bigger picture? It can be so easy to get caught up in tasks and forget to foreground life’s mysteries once in a while. So set aside just five minutes and join me on Alice at Dawn as we ponder thought-provoking questions and navigate our complex world together.

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Featured: Love the stranger ...

I've been thinking a lot lately about how people who follow Jesus are called to treat the stranger in our midst, … immigrants, … refugees, ... friends in the LGBTQ+ community, people who look and think and act different than us. The political language around this concept can be downright frightening. And it is easy […]

The Bible is not an instruction manual!

So often we are told to think of the Bible as some kind of instruction manual. I believe that description belittles the majesty of Scripture. It also belittles the difficulty most of us have when reading the Bible. Don't get me wrong: there are commands in there. But an instruction manual? Leviticus? Daniel? Revelation? One […]

Did you get what you wanted?

Whenever I feel like my life does not measure up (whatever that means), or that I need to somehow "do more" (whatever that means), I find myself leaning into this little poem, and feeling better: "And did you get what you wanted from this life, even so? I did. And what did you want? To […]

My new drug of choice ...

After months of teaching, I yearned for a few days with no words. And then I got an afternoon free … So I sat down. And I was quiet. And I was restless. I felt unnecessary. Lazy. Ineffective. Useless. Seriously? How ridiculous is that? I kept looking at the clock, thinking, "Shouldn't I get up […]

Fatal love affair ...

I am re-reading Robert Capon's strange and beautiful book called "Between Noon and Three: Romance, Law, and the Outrage of Grace." Like I said it is strange and beautiful. It is not for the faint of heart. Capon is an Episcopal priest. He says this is his most important piece of writing ever. Just a […]

I prefer a church ...

"I prefer a church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets, rather than a church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security … More than by fear of going astray, my hope is that we will be moved by the fear of […]

A little known truth ...

"The difference between successful people and very successful people is that very successful people say no to almost everything." (Warren Buffett)

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A mental breath of fresh air.

There is sometimes a perception that because I have been a pastor for the past 20 years and have been counseling at least as long, that I have my whole life together.

But honestly, that’s not always the case.

I struggle with many of the same things that you do, and that’s one of the reasons I write Alice at Dawn. So that we can tackle those questions together.


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Welcome to Alice at Dawn. My short posts are meant to be regular reminders to keep walking, to keep living, to continue to listen to the voice deep within your spirit that whispers ... this is the way. Walk in it.

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