An Open Letter from Rod Brooks about Anxiety and Depression

I was blessed to receive this letter by email from my good friend Rod. As you will see, he is passionate about this subject. I asked for permission to publish it here and he and his precious wife Ann agreed wholeheartedly. Dear Pastor Scott When you referred us to scottythinks.com during this last Sunday’s message, … Continue reading An Open Letter from Rod Brooks about Anxiety and Depression

Cultural Appropriation

The Spring Institute defines cultural appropriation as: another culture entails taking from a marginalized group without permission, and usually with little respect for or knowledge about the culture. The picture above is meant to demonstrate this "offensive" behavior. Here's my question: What is the girl on the right wearing? It certainly isn't traditional native American garb. So, then, whose … Continue reading Cultural Appropriation

Do You Know What Day It Is?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ca0LHDQeXR0&t=12s This week my prayer has been, "Lord, I just want intimacy with you!" I am convinced that intimacy with Jesus is the beginning of the answer to everything. In fact, I frequently find myself  trying to express the urgency of this pursuit of Jesus. But the thing is, this is not a one-way pursuit. … Continue reading Do You Know What Day It Is?

Stay Away from this Hurtful “Shame-Creating” Statement

I am intimately aware of two "recent-ish" examples where an influential leader with power and influence said to someone under them, "I am so disappointed in you!" Have you ever thought about what that statement means? It doesn't convey that one is disappointed with the deeds someone has committed. It conveys that one is disappointed … Continue reading Stay Away from this Hurtful “Shame-Creating” Statement