Changed Lives & Donny Pauling

16 Mar

Over the last few weeks, my heart has nearly exploded with joy and excitement as so many people have committed themselves to living Christ’s way.  Yesterday we had three people embrace this life of sacrifice.  Congratulations to Scott, Gail, and Ron!

Today has been just as good…well, except for Brandi’s stomach flu and three hyper daughters with nasty cases of cabin fever.

This morning, I found a blog by a guy who used to be a big-timer in the production of porn flicks.  And then he was transformed.

Donny Pauling is his name and his story is radical and compelling.  He’s a tremendously gifted and entertaining writer, too.  Check out his blog.  This guy is the real deal.  He is honest and sincere and has the fantastic ability to cut through religion and Christianese (you know that language if you’ve been a Christian more than about 10 years or 5 if you’re an early adopter).

We all need to be more like Donny because he is transparent (which really freaks out the legalistic Pharisee is all of us) and he’s calling others to be the same way.

God is smiling.




4 Responses to “Changed Lives & Donny Pauling”

  1. Amelia Ellington March 23, 2009 at 2:23 am #


    I think this was an incredible story. Mostly though; I’m just glad that I found you; which in turn means that I’ve found my friend Brandi. Remember me? Amelia from Normal? I’d love to reconnect with Brandi if she’d like to email me at the above address. Peace and Love to you. God Bless, Amelia Ellington

  2. Neil Schori March 23, 2009 at 6:12 am #


    It is wonderful to hear from you! Brandi will be thrilled. But…I don’t see an email address, so can you please email me?


  3. Gail March 31, 2009 at 9:04 pm #

    As one of those who recommitted to following Jesus, Neil, I am blessed to know you and be a part of the NCC family. I am looking forward to God’s direction in my life and at NCC.


    • Neil Schori April 1, 2009 at 6:28 am #


      I’m also blessed to know you and Scott and I’m so happy that you guys became members on Sunday! I’m looking forward to many God-infused adventures with you and Scott!

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