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    I drew this the other night with my finger and my iPad while suffering a depressive episode. I wasn’t drawing him to look like I felt… but the scribble style, yes, that’s how I felt.

    I talk about this piece in my podcast Made My Day: EP 23 – This Thing I Do.

    ep-40-growing-up-hyper-christian

    “James would you ever write an article or two about the faith movement or growing up in a hyper Christian environment? Thanks for talking about it.”

    I get down in dirty about my childhood experiences with and understanding of God, Jesus, The Holy Spirit, The Faith Movement, the Prosperity Gospel, the Devil, demons, fear, spiritual manifestations and even backward masking for good measure! Scattered throughout you’ll hear how I learned to cut through the crap and pursue what is real.

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    EP 23 - This Thing I DoA listener’s wife writes in to report a major change in how her husband treats her struggle with depression after listening to the show. #MMDCast

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    ep-22-pastor-bird-fingerAn ancient visiting Pastor gives the entire congregation the bird while telling a story of an old injury.

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    ep-38-selfies-and-sinners

    I’m flipping out about girls who take selfies every day and the way Christians freak out when un-Christian people want things that we don’t want for them.

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    structure

    [Read Thoughts On Podcast Structure: Part 1]

    Every podcast is divided into segments. Even the hip shows that don’t do intros and just dive into the interview, dialog or conversation have them even if it’s just one or two. A lot of new podcasters fight segmenting their show. They are concerned that it will stifle their creativity or limit the scope of their potential topics. In the same way blinders limit a horses’ vision to help him focus on the road ahead, segments help you to instantly know what content you need created each week as determined by your topic. [click to continue…]

    ep-21-glad-my-family-is-aliveMy wife and kids were involved in a minor accident on the highway on Saturday. It could have been much worse than it was. Getting a call from my wife to meet her at the site instead of from a police officer to meet him at the hospital made my day.

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    ep-20-its-okay-to-be-brokenMy wife knows me better than I know myself… and accepts me more than I accept myself.

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    sermon-podcast-nlcast

    I used to be a pastor. I still am, technically… I’m just not working as a pastor right now. I was a pastor to children and though there are things about ministry I don’t miss, there is quite a bit that I do. You want a list? I’ll give you a list.

    Things I miss:

    • Using all of my gifts and talents at one time for one purpose.
    • Serving God through full-time ministry.
    • Having a purpose.
    • Connecting with kids… especially the misfits and troublemakers.
    • Teaching people from the Bible.

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    my-hotel-room

    I had to get my own hotel room in order to be able to handle visiting my wife’s family over the fourth of July weekend. Ridiculous or progress? Maybe both.

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