Paul Michael Jones

The naked truth

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I ’ve finally decided to tell my side of the story. Names will be named. People will be outed. Just .. you … wait. Some of you have pondered why I left this church or that church. Others of you have driven by my house and wondered why I don’t cut my grass … or my hair for that matter. […]

Midnight musings and Mjölnir

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A s the sun begins to set on my 39th year of riding this giant blueberry around the sun, I am struck by the curtains that are bent on closing by mid- August. An intermission is in order, and I think we could all use a break. I sure as heck could. I’m tired … really tired, and I’m looking […]

Brain drain and endless curiosity

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Have you felt the brain drain, yet? Do you feel a bit foggy? If your creative juices are drying on the synaptic vine, and you find it arduous to even concentrate on simple daily tasks, then, you’re not alone. In fact, I think there’s a whole lot of us who feel exactly the same. On Saturday morning, I went to […]

Living la vida local

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Call me crazy, but I think living the local life is the way to go. Whatever your interpretation of humanity’s origin story might be, I think we can all agree on the primal necessity for connecting with others at the local level. People have always naturally organized into tribes and towns. The gift of these smaller expressions of humanity is […]

The summer of Solomon

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In the Book of Ecclesiastes, King Solomon opened his melancholic treatise with the sobering knowledge of life’s vapid and vain nature. There’s a certain “sucks to be me right now” air to his opening lines, and then … he concludes the first chapter with a more refined statement. He warns us that with much knowledge comes great sorrow. I wonder […]

Lion hearts and loud desperation

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There is an old Henry David Thoreau quote that poignantly points out how most people “lead lives of quiet desperation.” In one sense, Henry was dead on. In another sense … he was dead wrong. People are loud in their desperation. If you have any shadow of a doubt about this matter, simply take a gander at your social media […]

Trimming trees and toxic habits

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Nothing creates robust possibilities for growth quite like chopping off lifesucking limbs. Friends, this is a universal principal. We mainly think of this when pruning trees, but it applies to so much more. Is there government overspending and overreach? Trim back both. Are there lifeless ministries in your church syphoning volunteers and funds? Lop those sucker branches right off, and […]


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