#RecoverLent – Telling the Truth and Making Amends

“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins…” Like a tornado, I stormed through life, leaving behind total destruction. Broken relationships, fractured friendships, severed connections…. As overdramatic as that sounds, part of me wonders if it isn’t dramatic enough. When …

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#RecoverLent – Vulnerability and Ash Wednesday

Six months into my sobriety, there was a moment that rocked me. It may have been the moment I came closest to drinking again. But being broken and sharing vulnerably saved my life.

A letter to (the recovering alcoholic) myself,

A letter to (the recovering alcoholic) myself,  I write this letter to you because some days are not so easy in this journey of recovery. And sometimes just being able to hear that someone else is going or has gone through that can be enough to get me through the day. So, if this helps, …

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Tis The Season to Relapse

I am sitting here and watching the “Great British Baking Show Holiday” on Netflix with my wife. It’s one of our favorite shows and it’s just delightful. This special season brings back some of the old competitors from different seasons and they participate in the same format of challenges but with the added theme of …

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The Church is not a Sanctuary for an Alcoholic

Even if an alcoholic in recovery is completely transparent about their recovery, no setting can be described as safe. And I know this because I feel that my recovery has been threatened in the church.

Preaching to Protest: How the Gospel was a Threat to the Nazis

It was not the actions of one person that led to the atrocities of the Holocaust and the war. It was the action and inaction of those that would not speak up. It was the pride of a people who became convinced that they were perfect, who began to worship themselves.