No Hands

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Here is the  possible beginning of  novel, though this part is very rooted in reality. I’m flying! A ten-year old cruising down the hill of State Route O in Cosby, Missouri with no hands on the handlebars is flying. I was free. I didn’t feel that much in the city where…

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The Death of Truth

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Truth is dead. Apparently, we don’t need it anymore. Instead, we contort what little we know about an incident to support our preconceived viewpoint. Our minds are made up before we even become fully aware of the facts. Then, we speak up with great indignation, believing we are calling attention…

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Trials and Tribulations

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Within days, the sump pump quit, as did the furnace. The toilet overflowed. The car still won’t start, and the furnace went out again this morning when it was -9. There was also a big disappointment concerning a business opportunity, and a few other things happened that seemed to do…

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Glenn Hager

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I encourage marginalized people. That’s why I wrote a book called, An Irreligious Faith.  After all, there are 38 million individuals in the United States who stopped attending church in the last decade alone. So, I mustered all of the honesty and wit I could to tell my story of…

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An Irreligious Faith

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Interested in Jesus, but not the church? Used to go, but not anymore? Find the whole church scene irrelevant? Good! You may be one of the 38 million individuals who stopped attending church in the last decade in The U.S. With honesty and a wry wit, Glenn Hager tells his…

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Speaking & Consulting

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I believe that we should learn from our experiences, and then help others who are on a similar journey. So, I am drawing on over twenty years of experience as a pastor, fourteen years of experience in forging a faith that is real, and several years of helping people who…

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The Man of God Myth

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It is hard to find grace when it is desperately needed, like when a pastor or other spiritual leader is discovered to have been abusive toward those who looked up to him and depended upon him. How can you possibly pull together an appropriate balance of accountability and restoration in…

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The Death of Truth (Version 1)

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We have suffered perhaps the greatest loss a society can bear. Truth has died. Politicians and pundits killed it. Spin won out over facts. Strident, closed-minded opinions trumped careful, open-minded consideration. Here in the U.S we have just endured another midterm campaign season of mudslinging. Unfortunately, it is nothing new,…

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Labels

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Labels are great for canned goods, but horrible when applied to people. Human beings are too complex to label, plus it is judgmental to try pigeon hole them. While it is helpful to have opinions and to assess situations, it is unfair to broadly assign traits to entire groups of…

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Puppy Love

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 Boyd & Ava chillin’ in a chair   I didn’t know if it would work. We had inherited two long-haired Chihuahuas. Due to no fault of their own, we were their fourth home. They are siblings, brother and sister. While they are off-the-charts cute, they are also needy, attention hogs,…

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Nurture Your Soul

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This is the end of the chapter in my new book (the one I am writing now) on nurturing your soul. Spiritual formation requires something of us. It requires discipline. In fact, ongoing practices that help nurture spiritual formation are called disciplines. They are things you do intentionally and repeatedly that…

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Do We Live in the Last Days?

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Does it really matter? In my pastor years I had a couple of very dear friends who focused upon biblical prophecy and current events. They were convinced we were indeed living in the last days, and that the rapture could well happen in their lifetimes. Yesterday, a lady at the…

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The Salvation Thing

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I used to have this down pat. God loves man. Man rebelled against God. Jesus died for us. We need to put our faith him. Period. But then came the questioning of my faith, and a more objective look at the way it is represented by institutional Christianity. The institution…

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The Dog Days of Summer

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It’s humid, sticky, sultry. It’s summer, the end of summer. For kids, the freedom of June has turned to into the boredom of August. They have resigned themselves to heading back to school. Parents are shelling out money hand-over-fist for clothes, school supplies, and hefty fees for every program imaginable.…

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Heartbroken

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People around the world have become a part of the community of the shocked and heartbroken, as they grapple with the death of their beloved, frenetic comedian and Academy Award-winning actor, Robin Williams. We all loved this guy, the comedic genius who made our heads spin, the actor who melted…

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The Days of our Youth

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I just began watching the CNN series on the sixties. Then Friday night, I happened on to a documentary of Elvis touring the nation in 1972. I finished off the evening watching a portion of the 1956 movie, Around the World in Eighty Days on TCM. This is not normal…

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On The Drew Marshall Show!

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Yeah, I was on the radio, talking about An Irreligious Faith. The radio show host, Drew Marshall is a fun and fascinating guy who asks great questions and runs a fast-paced show, interviewing all manner of authors, musicians, and celebs on “Canada’s most listened to spiritual talk show,” broadcast live to southern…

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Me and My Mantra

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  A mantra is an often repeated word, formula, or phrase, often a truism. Mine is: Nurture you soul. Love people. Pursue your heart. It’s my memo to me. It’s amazingly simple, but incredibly easy to stray from. When I don’t follow it, my life gets out of kilter, in a hurry. Nurture Your Soul Most often forgotten is…

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Rebel

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Christians don’t understand liberty…at all! Out of one side of their mouth, they speak of freedom in Christ, and, out the other, they tell you what they need to do and what you must avoid. In other words, like the Pharisees of old, they place a heavy bondage on the…

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Grandpa

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My mother’s dad was a six foot tall, straight-standing German, the first generation born in the U.S.  As a kid, I was fascinated by the fact that he served as an interpreter for the U.S. Army in WWI, and once met General John J.“Black Jack” Pershing, the commander of U.S. forces in…

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Beach Life

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The Gulf of Mexico makes a great backyard, though it’s a lot different than life on the Wisconsin/Illinois border near the perpetual chill of Lake Michigan. Palm trees replaced maples. Sand, instead of grass was the new lawn. Lush tropical vegetation flushed, instead of evergreens, still half dead from the…

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What Changes Us?

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To the best of my knowledge, there is no definitive answer to the question, “What changes our life for the better?” Here is what I know. People inspire people. Programs seldom ever do. I remember teachers who were passionate about their subject, and caring toward me, more than I remember…

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Cool / Not Cool

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Let’s play “Cool / Not Cool.” Cool: Female Not Cool: Male Women are cool because they can do anything a man can do, and do it better. Men are not cool because they have repressed women for centuries. They are over-sexed buffoons, controlled by their physical urges. It has been…

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The Jesus Agenda

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Jesus was not only counterintuitive back in his day, even today there is still a gigantic contrast between his ways and the ways of the religion that goes by his name. The Non-Agenda We have sacred creeds, sacred places of worship, sacred objects, and sacred leaders or clergy. Jesus had…

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“Life-changing!”

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Spiritual formation not all relationally oriented. We are personally responsible for our own growth and nurture.  We have to take care of ourselves, physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Nobody else can or will do that for us. It is our personal responsibility. If we don’t do it, we will not…

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