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I’ve been to plenty of funerals. I’ve even conducted a couple.1

We all eventually wind up at a funeral. Maybe it’s for a long-lived relative. Sometimes it’s a tragically unforeseen death.

We think that a funeral is a mandatory event on the way to the hereafter, if not for the deceased, then at least for the ones they leave behind.

But it turns out that, in reality, most of the people who have ever been born, never had a funeral. They were never mourned. Their pictures and obituaries were never in the paper.

Did you know that?

Because I did not, not until my wife and I started trying to get pregnant.

I’m guest writing at Confessions of a Funeral Director. Go read the whole post at Caleb Wilde’s site.

My wife and I do not have kids.

Try as we might.  We are among the ranks of “unwillingly childless.”  And all around us, our friends are popping out babies, left and right, almost haphazardly it seems.

A funny thing happens when kids come between friends.  And by the conversations I’ve had and the blogs I’ve read, children can be a real source of division, tension or just plain old awkwardness between the “haves” and the “have nots.”  New parents have nothing to talk about except diapers and earaches.  And non-parents are in this habit of calling their pets “kids.”

My blog pal, Zack Hunt of The American Jesus just had a super cute little baby.  Well, his wife did anyway.  And I am really happy for them (though now that you know I don’t have kids, that last sentence probably sounded really strained or sarcastic.)  And while he’s falling into the black hole that is diapers and midnight feedings, I’m helping him out on his blog by proposing the terms of a truce if you will, between our two kinds, the parents and the childless, the fertile and the infertile.  How can we ever come to reconciliation, to understanding, to empathy?

You’ll have to wait until tomorrow to find out.  I hope you’ll meet me over at The American Jesus on Thursday, November 20.

510yS4Z0TgL._AA278_PIkin4,BottomRight,-46,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_Have you ever been on fire?

Not like, for real in flames.  I’ve never spontaneously combusted.  Like in the Jesus-y spiritual, feel-good sense.

My blog-buddy, Addie Zierman is releasing her first book next week, When We Were On Fire: A Memoir of Consuming Faith, Tangled Love and Starting Over.  I can’t tell you how happy I am for her or how excited I am to talk about this book.

Why?  Because if you’ve been a Christian for a while, you’ve probably been there.  You’ve been on fire for Jesus.  Being on fire was all the rage when we were kids in the nineties.  Even for us Methodist kids, there was still a little bit of that Holy Spirit fire.  It looked different for some of us, depending on what part of evangelical culture we were raised in.  For some of us, it was WWJD bracelets.  For others, it was trying to evangelize your friends at school or going on mission trips.

But then, somehow, your faith hits the rocks.  The flame, which is supposed to be eternal starts to flicker.

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Are you stuck in-between?The-In-Between-shadow-570x570

I know I feel perpetually stuck – between the “here” and the “where I’m going;” between the “now” and the “then.”  Being in-between can be a tough place to be.

That’s why today I’m really glad to be talking with a good friend and fellow Moody author, Jeff Goins about his new book The In-Between, which was just released last week.  Jeff’s a great guy and his new book has a lot of important messages that he and I and probably you too have struggled to live out in our day to day lives.  Check out a few excerpts from our conversation and then tell us what your in-between is!

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Just this year, I became an escapee of my twenties.

And while there may have been a pang of regret at feeling old, I’ve got to be honest, I was ready to get on with the next decade.  My late twenties were a time that I was not even remotely prepared for.  Now I just need a bit of gray hair to make it look like I actually have some life experience.

101-Secrets-for-your-Twenties-Small-Book-Image-copyI’m so glad to be featuring my buddy, Paul Angone today.  I was glad to make his online acquaintance a couple of years ago.  I was really glad to shake his hand in person and learn that his name is pronounced “An-go-nee.”  I was excited when he became a fellow Moody author, and I was psyched to be able to endorse his debut book, 101 Secrets for Your Twenties.

Paul’s new book is a fun, insightful, and best of all – true resource for people swimming in the post-college mire.  It’s a great gift for high school or college grads.  Today, Paul’s answered a few questions for us.  And then, you can share secrets from your twenties – or whatever decade you are in!

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Can I make a confession?

My wife and I did not go to pre-marital counseling.

Gasp!

I know.  Shocking.  I just didn’t see the point.  I mean, our only problem was planning the wedding…and wanting to get married.  It seems to me that couples should schedule some post-marital counseling.  You know, because that’s actually when couples have problems, right?

I have another confession to make.

I don’t really like most marriage books.  My wife and I have read all about love, submission, respect, communication, whatever.  It’s just that, like pre-marital counseling, they just don’t quite hit the mark for me.

If you’re like me, and most marriage books seem like filler and fluffy language, then I’ve got a marriage book for you.

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