Michael Hidalgo

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THE SHEER STUPIDITY OF GRACE 11.19.2015

I indulged my guilty pleasure of perusing Facebook and was outraged and surprised by the many hateful and discriminating responses I saw in the wake of the Paris Attacks. Predictably enough the responses are cloaked as smart or reasonable. But the cloak is not thick enough to hide the fear beneath it. Hate is hate – whether from terrorists or from Christians. But there are other responses; beautiful, simple and true. Responses that  bring us to tears. Those refusing to return hate toward the attackers. Those forgiving the terrorists for killing their loved ones. Those receiving refugees with open arms. Some believe these…

ON JUDGMENT AND ACCUSATION 11.9.2015

One of the earliest stories recorded in the biblical narrative involves two people, mostly naked, hiding from God in a garden. They had done the very thing God told them not to do. Now, God came around and they were terrified. God asked the man, “Have you eaten from the tree I commanded you not to eat from?” This question demanded a direct response, but the man’s response was to blame the woman. God asked the woman what happened, and she blamed the serpent that deceived her. Neither the man nor the woman could admit what they had done. They…

GETTING LESS BUSY (OR HOW TO GET HEALTHIER) 11.5.2015

Every person who has ever lived has the same exact number of minutes given to him or her every day. How we spend those moments makes all the difference. With so many busy people in this world it’s clear many of us constantly overspend on time. My last blog ( you can read that here) explored how we never have enough time to do anything due to the expectations we place on ourselves to get everything done. This reality is often the most true among pastors. Of course, this is not good for anyone. So, if pastors are often too busy,…

WHY BUSY IS NOT HEALTHY 11.3.2015

“I cannot imagine how busy you are.” This was the first line in an email I received just last week. It’s a statement I’ve heard many times before. My reply is always the same: “No, you probably cannot.” My reply does not speak of my insane calendar, multiple appointments, demanding meetings or general busyness; rather is speaks of how busy I am not. For some, not being busy is equated with laziness. Many assume staying busy shows strong work ethic or ambition or a drive to serve others well. However, what I’ve learned (and continue to learn) is that busyness…

WHY WE NEED TO OWN HOW THE CHURCH HAS HURT OTHERS 10.26.2015

I met someone recently who had not attended Church service in more than 14 years. Yesterday was his first day back. This is not unusual. Nearly every week I meet men and women who tell me it’s their first time attending a church service in years. It is often an emotional conversation. As one person put it, “It’s the first time I’ve stared the Church, my abuser, in the face.” One woman said, “I’m returning, for the first time, to the scene of the crime.” These conversations are moving, because those who have the courage to return often share with…
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