Detroit: 72 Hours of Frankness

May 7th, 2017

It was a long weekend.

It was the typical three days, but I crammed so much in, that by 2:00 AM Monday morning when I pulled into my driveway, I think I heard my body audibly sigh in relief. I had spent the weekend in Michigan, and I got there the best way I know how that didn’t require my feet to leave the ground. In other words, I drove. It was worth the nine-hour trek through the raging rain and windstorm. It was worth it for even the few hours, and sometimes only minutes, I got to spend with people as we invested into each other’s lives. Continue reading “Detroit: 72 Hours of Frankness”

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The CHF Articles: Gospel Transparency

Sometimes I think transparency is the bastard child of Christianity. Everyone is willing to talk about transparency (and its cousin, accountability), but when it walks into the room and stays awhile, most people pretend it doesn’t exist. I remember the first time I heard about it. I was at men’s meeting and the topic was, umm, oh yeah, …transparency. It was a riveting and movingsermon which I can’t actually seem to remember, but at the end of it, there we were, standing in a prayer circle, waiting for that one brave soul to “drop it like its hot.” At the time, I was struggling with some serious sins (something I absolutely don’t struggle with now whatsoever). I remember thinking to myself, “if just one person gives some “big reveal”, then I will too. And then… BOOM! There it was! This guy stepped up to the plate and hit it out of the park! In an amazing and remarkable display of vulnerability uncharacteristic of most men that breathe, he confessed how much he struggled with… back pain? Now, I’m about 12 years older since then, so I get the back pain thing, I really do. But it really did leave a lot to be desired in the area of transparency and without exaggeration I can say that was as deep as we got that night. Fully concerned for myself, my horrible sin and the judgmental eyes that I thought would come, I tucked my little old sin right in the back pocket of my Levi’s and that’s where it stayed.

Until a few years later…

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