Semi-retiring Makes Me Excited and Nervous!

Semi-retiring Makes Me Excited and Nervous!

I officially become a quarter-time employee in about 4 days when I semi-retire. I'm about to start doing a quarter-ass job around here. And yes, I’m both excited and nervous about it. I’m excited about the possibilities that open up for me to be more available to my...

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Unbearable Beauty

Unbearable Beauty

"Bear one another's burdens", so says the Apostle Paul in Galatians 6:2. Just a few verses later in verse 5 he says that each of us will have to "bear our own load." Some of the things that weigh us down are ours to carry alone, but there are other burdens we carry...

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Blessed at both ends!

Blessed at both ends!

This past Tuesday was my last official staff meeting before I semi-retire in July to 25% time. Our team had so many beautiful words to bless me with as I make this transition. Part of what made their thoughtful words so meaningful to me is that it was clear they all...

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I Googled Myself!

I Googled Myself!

I was wide-awake around bedtime Friday night so for the first time - I Googled myself! It was a weird mix of things; some were nice to read, some were weird and most were just informational, nothing very surprising. But pretty deep into the search pages, I came across...

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What’s So Funny About Peace, Love and Understanding?

What’s So Funny About Peace, Love and Understanding?

Growing up in Boulder as a high school teen in the late 60’s, I may have given my mother a panic what with the sex, drugs and rock n’ roll scene, but I think it also shaped some of my core values. I worked in one of the leather shops on Broadway near Central Park so...

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A Call or a Curse?

A Call or a Curse?

Over the last 10 weeks I’ve been reflecting in Tiddbits on what it is to be “called” by God or “hearing from God.” While my sense of being "called" by God to be a pastor the last 38 years has been very strong and largely satisfying, I hasten to add that for many of...

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How Do We Hear From God? Part X

How Do We Hear From God? Part X

At our Community Meeting for Highlands Church North Denver on March 10 I said a bit about what had been affecting my sense of being called as a full time co-pastor to our church. At a conference in Chicago I heard a black professor express his exasperation for being...

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How Do You Hear From God? Part IX

How Do You Hear From God? Part IX

For Christmas several years back, my daughter Emma gave me a blank book with a nicely personalized cover titled: The “I’m Not Dead” Book—the adventures of going deaf with Mark Tidd. The title comes from all the times family members say something to me that I don’t...

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How Do You Hear From God? Part VIII

How Do You Hear From God? Part VIII

As we’ve been seeing, sometimes hearing God is infused with some drama and the spectacular, other times it is hearing something in the Bible as if God was saying it directly to us, sometimes it's subtle and almost sneaks into our consciousness and often times we hear...

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How Do You Hear From God? Part VII

How Do You Hear From God? Part VII

Too many years of my life I would have said that I could not have heard the voice of God speaking through the best gay drummer I know! And not because I didn't think God spoke through drummers. Or women, for that matter. Most of my life as a Christian I would have...

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How Do You Hear From God? Part VI

How Do You Hear From God? Part VI

Last week I said I heard from God from someone who forgot my first sermon at Highlands Church but heard the Ethos and suggested we say it every week. That was good advice that has outlasted a very forgettable message! So how have I been hearing God at Highlands these...

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How Do You Hear From God, Part V

How Do You Hear From God, Part V

Last week’s episode ended with me telling God I wanted to start a church where I could tell the whole truth and declare that I believe absolutely everyone is included in the wide embrace of God’s love, no ifs, ands, or buts. I knew I couldn’t do that in my...

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How Do You Hear From God, Part IV

How Do You Hear From God, Part IV

Last week’s installment of “Hearing God” I left you with me being hauled from the church I served in Boulder to the ER twice with bleeding ulcers and concluded that sometimes we hear God through our body talking to us. I just don’t listen that well, apparently! I also...

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How Do You Hear From God? Part III

How Do You Hear From God? Part III

Over the last few weeks I’ve been describing some of the ways I feel I’ve “heard” from God in my life and why I’ve felt God’s leading in my decision to semi-retire this July to 25%. Usually people brag about someone’s effort saying, “They give it 110%.” So yeah, I...

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How Do You Hear From God? Part II

How Do You Hear From God? Part II

I've felt a closeness to God much of my life, but there have only been a handful of times when I felt like I "heard" God (not audibly) directing me personally. I'm writing about these times because they factor into why I feel God is shifting my calling of 35 years as...

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