Platforms, Publishing and Blog Frustrations

No one gets publishing deals these days without a lot of sweat and tears and a huge platform. When you are a person who wants to publish a book one day the number one thing that potential editor will ask you is, “Could you describe your platform?” Having a platform is social capital. Who do
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Being the CEO’s Wife

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At a dinner party recently I was introduced to a group of people gathered around cocktails as “Kevin’s wife.” Not Elizabeth (or Pastor Elizabeth like I used to be at the church). Not even by my title at Feed The Children (yes, I have one. They’ve starting calling me the Ambassador of Social Advocacy). But
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Being Real, Getting Hurt

One of my favorite children’s books of all times is the Velveteen Rabbit. But like most good children’s stories, it’s really not a children’s story. It’s a tale that has important things to say to adults trying to figure out the great question of: “How now shall we live? The following scenario (that is one
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How the Light Gets In

It is so easy when life get stuck in rough patches to focus solely on what is going wrong. It is easy to allow the imperfection around you define who you are. It is easy to allow the darkness to over take you. And this looks a lot like hiding. It looks like crawling in
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The Healing Power of Gratitude

Luke 17:11-19 Sermon Preached at Watonga Indian Baptist Mission, Watonga, OK There are two words that are never going out of style in the English language. And they are_____. (Thank you). We all love to be appreciated. We all love to have our good deeds noticed. We all love to know that our good works
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When Life Happens

Life. It is always happening. Sometimes it’s great. Other times it is not. And today I am wondering about existing when things aren’t well. How do you go on when we are very aware that life’s broken edges cracked parts of you that might never be repaired? How do you keep breathing when everything in
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Spiritual Book Club

Do you know the website Spiritual Book Club? Check out this site to meet some new bloggers and spiritual thinkers as well as great book recommendations. Several months ago they contacted me for an interview as they are seeking to draw together a diverse collection of people of faith who are actively writing on the web. I
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Ash Wednesday Gone Bad

Back by popular demand is a blog post that I wrote in February of 2007 about an experience during my first year as a full-time pastor. Please laugh along with me (though it wasn’t funny at the time). By means of background, Ash Wednesday fell on my birthday this year: a day which should be a
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