The Gift of Addiction

By: Erik Guzman on Tuesday June 9, 2015

So, you did it again, huh? You promised you wouldn't, but you did. What was it? Did you wake up still drunk wondering how you got home? Was it gambling? Was it another night alone with the computer? Maybe you weren’t alone, maybe you were with him again? Was it drugs? Was it rage let loose on...

Confessions of a Christian Zombie

By: Erik Guzman on Tuesday March 31, 2015

I usually start with the eyes. I’ll use an attention-grabbing title to draw you in closer. Sometimes I’ll nibble at your ears with humor. Then I move on to the main course. I dig into your mind with ideas and I support them with scripture. After that, I go in for the kill. I appeal to your...

The Gospel of Gregalt & The Kids in the Hall

By: Erik Guzman on Tuesday March 17, 2015

Parishioner Prevan: "The silence is too loud. The darkness is too bright. It blinds me. It deafens me. I am left blind, I am left deaf... in the darkness... in the blackness." Pastor Gregalt: "Why not try a little work? Maybe that will help the... blackness." Parishioner Prevan: "Am I to live in...

The Art of Dying - The Collection

By: Erik Guzman on Tuesday February 24, 2015

Download "The Gown of Green" For Free! I cried when I first saw The Collection at The Wild Goose Festival back in 2012. Their music playfully wooed me to weep over the passing of my younger self. I stood in the red North Carolina dirt under a tent filled with their songs and realized that the...

Beware of New Year’s Resolutions

By: Erik Guzman on Tuesday December 30, 2014

It’s exciting when someone calls his shot. A baseball player points beyond the stands to the parking lot and then lifts his bat. The sales goal is written on the whiteboard in the office for all to see. A boy runs in from looking at the starry sky and proclaims he’s going to be an astronaut....

Christianity Is for the Weak

By: Erik Guzman on Thursday December 11, 2014

Why didn’t I want to go? It wasn’t because I’d miss football games. It wasn’t because I don’t know how to step away from the demands of everyday life. It wasn’t because I’m avoiding Jesus. I didn’t want to go to the men’s retreat because I’m so very weak. Men Suck It’s been...

Beauty from Brutality

By: Erik Guzman on Wednesday October 15, 2014

I’m not a masochist. Really, I’m not. I know what I wrote in Pain is Your Friend, but I don’t go looking for opportunities to suffer. Well, there was that time I agreed to go on a church men’s retreat, but Jesus made me do it. Here’s the thing, the worst pain in my life has come from my...

Pain is Your Friend

By: Erik Guzman on Wednesday September 24, 2014

Yeah, I was too stubborn to listen. I wasn’t going to let pain push me around. I gutted it out for six months before the disc blew and almost left me gimpy and without bowel control or sexual function. If I had been humble enough to listen, I would have heard my friend pain warning me...