Recently, I was hanging out with a small group of pastors, and one of them really captured my heart. He has been a pastor in Detroit (in the city) for years and years. He told story after story about the people he’s come across over the years – crack addicts, violent sex offenders, prostitutes – many of whom became a part of his church. He kept using this phrase – “There’s no script for that, is there?” I just kept smiling and laughing at this man’s amazing journey. He’s writing a book about these stories, and I got an advanced copy. It’s so raw and beautiful, good and hopeful. It’s called Choose and Choose Again: The Brave Act of Returning to God’s Love by J. Kevin Butcher. It comes out this fall, and I’ll have him on the podcast then. I’d encourage you to pre-order this book. It reminds me of something Brennan Manning would write. It’s that good!
So it made me think of all the ways we attempt to use a script for even the far more normal issues in our lives.
The relational conflict.
The dead end job.
The sermon. Ha.
Trying to write the runaway best seller. Ha, ha.
Where do you attempt to use a script and how is that going for you? In today’s podcast, I talk about the freedom that comes when you decide to tear up the script.
Enjoy. (Click here to listen to it on your browser if the player does not appear below)
Sobriety and Spirit
Click here for more information about Sobriety and Spirit, my one day event with Seth Haines that is happening on June 25th, 2016, in St. Paul, MN. Sobriety and Spirit is for anyone who wants to enter into an honest conversation about addiction, sobriety, grace, and spirituality. It is for those of us who are addicted – to chemicals, to approval, to obtaining the perfect body, to performance, to sex, or to anything else. It’s also for those who love addicts like us. We hope you’ll join us, no matter where you are at on your journey. We hope you’ll leave with hope, and with some new friends who are fellow travelers on a similar journey.
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