8 Key Characteristics of Cults

Hello again! This is the second in a series on what is and isn’t a cult. Its a hot topic, a hurtful topic for some and one that I’ve only written because of the overwhelming amount of questions I’ve, well, avoided. Look after yourself as you read. Remember this isn’t about me branding a group…

How Do I Know If I’m in a Cult?

Hey there friend. I hope its morbid curiosity that helped you find this blog piece. I hope its not that you, a friend or family member is questioning whether a group you are involved in is a cult. Because that is hard stuff. If it’s the latter, you have my sympathy. This piece is not…

Thank You, Dear Reader

This blog is a fledgling blog. I’ve got big plans for it, because I am the kind of person who thinks big thoughts and thinks them best on paper (or screen). But I wanted to say thanks. I’ve barely promoted this blog, as I’m still shaking off some mental restrictions on my ability to say…

Solitude vs. Isolation – Where is the healthy place to land?

I have this lovely friend. She’s been through a lot in her life, a lot that could make her bitter, introspective, and a touch soul-destroyed. But she’s more than a survivor. Her’s is a life that is now devoted to supporting other people who have survived horrendous damage – be it psychological, spiritual, physical, or…

Red Letter Christianity

“There’s nothing simple about simple” is a quote I read today. It was a quote from a potter named Eric Landon, featured on Instagram making some genius “simple” (AKA clean-lined genius artworks/pottery things I’m not even stylish enough to comment on). He was talking about the pottery, but oh gosh he could be talking about…

The Anti-Motivational Post

Pardon me, dear friends, for my step outside of the norm here. Its just that recently, the Facebook overlords seem to have decided that I need motivation. They are advertising *all* the motivational speakers at me. And its got on my goat a little bit. (What even does that figure of speech mean? Anyway…)  I’ve…

Hello New Followers!

Good afternoon WordPress world, Yesterday, I finally shared a post I’d been really nervous about writing, and even more nervous about publishing to the big bad world of social media. I was expecting to lose followers, because it represented a big change of stance for me. But its also a topic I feel very strongly…

Sunshine Bloggers Award

Good morning world! It’s a chilly winter morning here in the south-east corner of mainland Australia, but made a little bit warmer by the fact that my blogger friend Jenny Lynn has nominated me for a Sunshine Blogger Award. I hadn’t heard of this until yesterday, but it sounds like a little bit of fun…

The Transformational Power of Admitting “I was wrong.”

“There is transformational power in admitting you got something wrong.”  I just listened to the most amazing Ted Talk. The speaker talked about how you can’t rush the process of transformation, and that process involves owning up to, rather than sweeping aside, the things you were wrong about. He spoke about how admitting you were…

“Just Choose Joy.” Um. No.

This post might be a bit of a rant. I’m okay with that. It might have very few scriptures to back up the stream of consciousness. I’m also okay with that. After all, I’m not a pastor or a theologian. I’m a Christian who is exploring faith, turning it over, turning it inside out, and…