Church Hurts And

Church Hurts And

Witnessed hypocrisy in the church and decided it was time to move on? Welcome to Church Hurts And: The Good, the Bad & The Ugly about Church, Religion and Spirituality with a dash of recovery thrown in. If you’ve ever had questions about the church, maybe a bit jaded in your attitudes toward religion, you’ve come to right place.

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May 10, 2021 33 min

Know what it is like to live with a smile masking pain and hurt so deep there aren’t enough drugs to cover it up? Today, Death, Drugs, AND Church with Jeff & Shannon Bryant.

It is hard to imagine this today, but there was a time when the selection of a marriage partner began with the assumption you would choose someone from your family's own ethnic identity and religious affiliation. This wasn't a problem for those who...

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Ever thought the devil made you do it? Why do you do what you do and how does faith fit into it?

Don’t tell anybody, but I’ve gotten addicted to binge-watching a series on Netflix. No, really, don’t tell anyone because the language is way too graphic, and the sex on the screen won’t pass any Sunday School test, but the storyline and imagination is simply overwhelmingly compelling. The series is called Outlander, and it forces one ...

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April 25, 2021 27 min

In our opening, we mention having a “dash of recovery” thrown in. What is that? Recovery? Recovery from what??

If you Google recovery, the first thing to come up will be how to recover a lost or corrupted Word document. That is something we hope we don’t have to do anytime soon. But we are looking at something far more important and fundamental. That’s easy for me to say not panicking over a corrupted Word document containing mont...

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Bonhoeffer 1945 and Today

I don’t know about you, but I know life seems more complicated to me today than it was years ago. What used to be apparent black and white issues have turned into an insane amount of grays and purples and browns. It reminded me of third-grade art class when we were first allowed to play with paints and shown how to mix colors. Blue and yellow could make the loveliest shades of green. Like every other ADD ...

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April 12, 2021 30 min

Christian Podcast | Heart of the Artist

I was the ripe old age of 22, settled into a graduate school outside of Chicago, and attempting to adjust to the north again after a marvelous year working in Key Biscayne, Florida. My father had died the previous year from sorosis of the liver, leaving me a bit lonely, while at the same time feeling quite adult. I was on my career path into church ministry, already quite settled into my the...

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April 6, 2021 31 min

Inside a Princess.

I am guessing you think your intuition is pretty good. You read people rather well. Trust your instincts. “Trust the Force, Luke.”

At the core of the romantic ideal in America today is the scene of two unknowns who look across a crowded room, happen to catch the eyes of each other, and it is immediately there. You feel the electricity as it sparks between them and shudders through their body down to their toes....

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Virginia Woolf once said, “If you do not tell the truth about yourself, you cannot tell it about other people.” Let me repeat that, “If you do not tell the truth about yourself, you cannot tell it about other people.” That is rather scary if you think about it.

Four years ago, I went through a life-changing, radical, character-defining, unnerving transition. I’m not going to tell you exactly what it was because I am not ready to g...

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March 23, 2021 37 min

One of the pains of getting older comes in attempting to accept changes, even embrace changes, rather than staying stuck in old ways and acting precisely like the old people at whom you used to roll your eyes. By allowing myself to be stereotyped as an old curmudgeon in the introduction to this show, I guess I've admitted that I don't intend to bend over backward to embrace the latest trendsetting fashions. Perhaps the most...

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Everything changes when one is introduced with the title of “Pastor” or “Reverend” or “Father” or “Preacher.” An individual self-consciousness seems to invade the social space, consistently altering the subject under discussion. People somehow seem obligated to qualify themselves, dropping a sentence or two about their spirituality, church attendance, or lack thereof. Frequently there may also be a reference to childhood upbringing...

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March 9, 2021 29 min

Relationship Pain. Ever been excommunicated? I mean, kicked out of a church kind of excommunicated? Sounds like we are talking about the Middle Ages, doesn’t it? Does that really happen anymore? I mean, there are churches for every species of thought under heaven. One church I visited had a blessing Sunday for pets. Choose your sexual preference, a god off the menu, liturgical stripe you prefer, and you can find a church that fits....

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March 1, 2021 30 min

Radio Show Surprise Ending. When I was growing up, professional athletes were a little less “professional” than today. T.V. cameras and interviews after the game often included “Hi Mom!” and thanks to their parents for getting them to such a success point. Back then, I found it a bit annoying, where now I miss the innocence and authenticity of it all.

Having done this show for the past year, I have been surprised by how many of ou...

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February 23, 2021 35 min

I grew up in a home where I was encouraged to read, perhaps not in the healthiest of manners, but encouraged to read nonetheless. My natural adversarial personality did not accept such prodding easily, my push-back coming in the form of, or preference to, physical activity. Give me a ball of any kind, and I was happy.

I happened to have the good fortune of growing up in Pittsburgh, the second cloudiest city in the US, with winters...

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OC Talk Radio Show: If you are not a reader, you may be tempted to hang up, turn off, or otherwise ignore this show when you hear the title "Inside a Book Doctor." I encourage you not to because we will look at some things that may confirm suspicions you have about books, or at least I hope we will. Books are funny things.

Many years ago I started a church that grew in numbers year after year. Many of our new members were ...

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February 9, 2021 30 min

What are you good at doing? I mean really good. Did math come easy for you? What about sports? Do you enjoy adding up the numbers while someone else is going out there and doing the sales? Maybe cooking, or comforting those who are hurting, or motivating the discouraged. Perhaps you are a teacher? What are your unique gifts and talents?

If you were ever involved in a church of any kind, you probably heard that God gifts people, ev...

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February 2, 2021 34 min

Is your life going smoothly this week? Had a smooth beginning to the year? Would "smooth" describe the nature of your life? I'm just guessing here, but I suspect I haven't gotten a "yes" from you yet. Smooth is an expected ideal much more than a reality experienced with any frequency. 

Many years ago, when I was a young minister, I ran into a middle-aged pastor at a meeting of pastors. He stood out in the ...

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January 26, 2021 34 min

In 1982 I was ordained in downtown Chicago. The service was a big deal. My favorite preacher, Steve Brown, whose God-like voice you hear on the intro to this show, came and preached. Lots of my friends were there, my little start-up church which is still alive and well today was hosting the occasion. It had as much formality to it as I can stomach, including what is called a “Charge” to the newly ordained minister, me. That was del...

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January 19, 2021 31 min

If you don’t like golf, don’t hang up. I understand. And if you don’t like golf, and you find yourself continuing to find a way to get to the golf course, really don’t hang up! Today we will be talking about golf, but we are going to make links to real-life, which could be soul-changing for you.

For 25 years of my life, I was a pastor and preacher. I built churches, preached every Sunday, met with hurting people, and tried to be t...

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January 12, 2021 33 min

Sinful Saints Revealed. How is that for the title of our show today? It sounds like a bad headline from a trashy newspaper found in the check out line in a second rate grocery store. Sinful Saints Revealed. Really?

Did you know that the word “saint” means many different things depending on who you are talking to? Roman Catholic and Orthodox traditions have a formal understanding of saints, including canonization established first...

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Of all the tales of redemption one could tell at Christmastime, there is none for me quite like Charles Dickens’ novella written in 1843 entitled “A Christmas Carol”. Four spirits visit the classic character Ebenezer Scrooge in his fitful sleep, causing insight and discontent only to be resolved by a Higher Power working his magic in another human soul at the celebration of the birth of a baby.

Speaking of nightmares, how are your...

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Standing Stones. Ever thought much about these unusual large standing stones, which probably bring to mind the famous Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England? You probably haven't, and for a good reason. We don't know much about them. 

These sizeable ancient rock formations come with little explanation. We guess the oldest to be 12,000 years old found in Turkey. Similar strange circles and other shapes pop up all over the world. ...

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