It Is estimated that 31 million people are now in a group who are Christians but don't go to church. Experts call them the "Dones."
Church leaders who step outside of groupthink are being publicly shamed and discredited. For what? For being imperfectly human - just the way God designed us.
According to Brian Bennett, founder of FREEk Island, another study shows that as many as 10% of people currently in church are "almost dones." Those are not all baby boomers. This exodus from the traditional church is multi-generational.
These are people who still have a heart for God, and fortunately God has not forsaken them (us).
I prefer to see this not as the death of Christianity but revival in the clearest sense of the word. It is a season of surrender with time for reflection and restoration. We the church are pregnant with possibility. We just need some Spiritual Childbearing tools and tips for a healthy delivery!
God is preparing the way for His people to be midwives and witness the miracle of birth rather than be absorbed by a culture that has left Him in the waiting room while they perform plastic surgery that makes churchgoers look good and act right in public, but leave them bleeding internally.
It is time for a transfusion of Grace. Hope. Strength. Passion. Life. Abundant Life. A cup continuously filled and naturally overflowing to the thirsty masses.
But first, come in - sit - let us be broken together.
Here's what I know for sure: my kitchen and finished product do not look like the infomercial for Veggie Bullet.
I don't cook and don't love kitchen cleaning either. In the hands of a novice like me, this thing is more labor intensive than my juicer.. However, Sunday is my day to play and this is the toy of the week.
Not crazy about the spiralizer but that slicing/shredding function is amazing. And there is some satisfaction from knowing that there are NO added ingredients or preservatives in my shredded cheese, chopped onions, sweet potato fries, sliced apples, lettuce shreds and matchstick carrots - all stuff I used to buy at the store. Now we'll see how the slime factor is by Thursday!
Bonus: amazing salad while cleaning up leftovers and oh my god baked apples!
Are you a fan of quick weight-loss diets?
Did you know that every time the weight bounces back (and it does in 95% of the cases) it looks different because you likely lost muscle and added fat. The first few times, you probably didn't notice the drop in metabolism or any significant difference in the amount of effort it took to lose the last 5 pounds.
Eventually, though, our bodies outsmart us. With each round of restrictive eating and over-exercising, our bodies change the game. Setpoint is that weight your body likes and can effortlessly maintain. Look at a picture of you 10 or 20 years ago when you 'thought' you were fat. Compare it to your image now and you can see what I mean. With each rapid loss and regain, your body raises the setpoint and it doesn't come back down all the way. OUCH!
The more you threaten to starve your body or beat it into submission with grueling exercise, the less you honor yourself. And the more your body perfects its ability to insure your survival by making you damn uncomfortable. It can outlast your willpower. Trust me.
So next time you're heading for that crash diet, step away from the crack pipe and see what's really eating you. Perhaps try a kinder, gentler approach by loving and listening to body wisdom. It whispers when you fire the Food Police.
There's a new kind of 'bait and switch' going on. It tells you diets don't work, then when you pay your $7-$1700 for the training, you learn that they mean OTHER diets don't work, but theirs do! Just try it and you'll see.
I hate wolves in sheep's clothing. People are making big bucks preying on womens' body insecurites and dieting obsessions. The message they send is always the same: You are not good enough UNLESS...
I call bullshit. You are good enough today. Now. As is. In fact, you always have been and guess what - you always will be.
Kim Halsey is a Human Resource professional, author, speaker, and Executive Coach certified in multiple disciplines to help people overcome life damaging habits and restore family relationships.