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Jan 16

Headlines You’ll Never Hear

Posted on Friday, January 16, 2015 in Uncategorized

TooDelighted By The Disappointing Silence Of An Absent Dad

Buoyed By The Blessings Of Being Bullied

Encouraged And Empowered By An Eating Disorder

Today if we turn to CNN, Fox News, Yahoo or Reuters, those are three headlines we will never read. And, if we did, they would only be news because of the absurd unlikeliness of the headline being true.

Last night some friends gathered and shared their stories. Our friends Kyle, Emma and Ellie stepped forward, up from the darkened rows of their seats and into the spotlight. In the glow of the stage lights surrounded by friends, fans and flawed people like them they spoke.

Oct 1

Royals Run

Posted on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 in Uncategorized

15407957605_a741664d06_mI love baseball. Last night I got home from work in time to watch the end of a great MLB playoff game between the Oakland A’s and the host Kansas City Royals.

At one point in the game the A’s lead over the Royals was so overwhelming statisticians at Fangraphs estimate that the Royals had a 3% (yes, three percent) chance of winning. See chart below.

Did the Royals give up? No. Did they muscle-up and power their way to victory? No, that was unlikely. According to they had the least home runs in all of baseball. What they could do was run. The Royals had the most stolen bases in MLB.

Feb 2

As Silver Refined by Kay Arthur

Posted on Saturday, February 2, 2013 in Uncategorized

Author Kay Arthur explains to her readers, “We dare not go into battle unprepared!”

Throughout As Silver Refined, Kay Arthur challenges readers to prepare for life inevitable challenges.

“I WAS A FAILURE. I was convinced of it. I had failed God, and there was nothing I could do about it. I was impotent to change my circumstances. Disappointment overwhelmed me.” That kind of humility makes this book very approachable. I wish that there were more heart-connecting stories.

The author understand people and our circumstances: “The downward spiral begins…with disappointment. Disappointment comes when our expectations aren’t met. Consequently we’re not happy about it — we’re disturbed.

Dec 6

Volleyball & Values

Posted on Thursday, December 6, 2012 in Uncategorized

Recently my friends and I played volleyball. It was a fun and competitive series of games.

Later that month I gathered many of the same late-night friends for another series of games. Even though it was after midnight I had the same expectations as the previous evening: I was looking forward to the same fun, competitive games.

We lost the first closely contested game. We dominated the second game as their team laughed and clowned around as they played sometimes sloppily. I prefer to win, but I actually felt sorry for one of their teammates who was evidently annoyed.

Dec 5

Believe In People, But Not Too Much

Posted on Wednesday, December 5, 2012 in Uncategorized

Believe in people.

Yes, believe in people, but not too much.

Beware “relying on human beings”, wrote C.S. Lewis.

(They’re) going to let us down.
The best of them will make mistakes;
all of them will die.

We must be thankful to all the people who have helped us, we must honour them and love them. But never, never pin your whole faith on any human being: not if he is the best and wisest in the whole world.

There are lots of nice things you can do with sand; but do not try building a house on it.”

Jan 12

Living In Tension, Pt. 2

Posted on Wednesday, January 12, 2011 in Uncategorized

Each week at TreeHouse we remind the teens about three needs which are common among people:
– We all need to be reminded that we’re lovable, capable & worthwhile.
– We need to know that we’re loved unconditionally — “without strings.”
– We need to know that we’re not alone.

Far too often we feel alone; alone in our struggles, alone in our pain, alone with our sorrow, alone without hope.

We Do Not Have To Feel Alone