TAL #021 JUSTIN BILLS

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TOPICS OF NOTE:

  • A close friend's cancer returns and what Justin learns from the experience
  • How to speak to someone who is suffering
  • The story of meeting his wife
  • The blurred line between being friend and pastor
  • How to save faith in the face of death
  • The acceptance of what can not change
  • Removing the responsibility that a terminal illness is our own fault
  • Consciously choosing not to add blame and shame to grief
  • How to answer to the people who come out of the woodwork during illness
  • Dropping the pressure of agenda
  • Filling the space with words vs sitting in silence
  • The heavy mantle of being expected to seal someone's fate
  • How to overcome the fear that keeps us from doing the thing we want to do
  • How to say, "You aren't alone"
  • His one regret with his friend while she was in hospice
  • Where faith brings us during suffering

 

QUOTES OF NOTE:

What can I give? What can I listen to? How can I understand? How can I begin to feel what they feel?
— Justin Bills
It always feels like I’m stumbling through the dark and by some grace, something beyond myself happens. And isn’t that just the truth of all of us?
— Justin Bills
Just let everything get smashed to bits because the only things that last are the wonderful things, the beautiful things, the loving things, the things that actually help people.
— Justin Bills

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SHOW NOTES:

Justin on Instagram

Justin's sermon "That Was the Worst Christmas Ever" (scroll to 11.20.17's podcast)

 

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