I’m amazed at how much I used to care about the little details of Christmas, in a mostly self-serving way. (Disgusting evidence here.)
Truth be told, God has worked on me and he still does, especially every time I have a “good” idea that actually isn’t . . . because of what it will cost my joy and sanity.
Here’s the thing: Fussing over details and enjoying Christmasy things is not straight-up sin. I’m not here to make you feel... Read More
Every time I prepare for a holiday, I scramble like a crazy woman to make sure the house is clean and the food is prepped and ready. (My family will verify.) So, frankly, when I hear I need to use Advent to prepare my heart for Christmas, I get a little overwhelmed thinking of how long that to-do list could be.
This year it dawned on me that the best family times are the ones where I keep things simple.... Read More
So how did you like the election? Are you exulting? grieving? bewildered? all of the above? The election of Mr. Trump motivated extremists on the right to spray-paint some racist slogans on walls, while the lefties took to the streets chanting, “Not my president.”
I’ve voted in 12 presidential elections, and I can’t remember any like this one. Our country seems more polarized and bitter than ever before. Neither can I remember an election where so many people told me... Read More
There are times when I’m proud to be an American. And then there are days like Black Friday.
I can hardly stand hearing the day called that. Although it reminds us of the terminology used when the Great Depression began, it actually refers to the time of year when businesses can finally get into the black (i.e., be profitable). The media frenzy that stokes our already out-of-control consumerism on the day after Thanksgiving is a national embarrassment. We must look... Read More
Have you seen the newest recipient of Japan’s Good Design Grand Award? It’s a map. That might seem strange when you hear that the 2015 award went to the design for a personal mobility chair, and a robotic arm won in 2014.
So . . . a map? Really? Well, this map is different. The map of the world that most of us have grown up with actually doesn’t give the proper perspective of this planet. Greenland and Antarctica have... Read More
Carey Nieuwhof is the founding pastor of Connexus Church north of Toronto. He blogs often about churches and church leadership. A friend sent me a recent post that I found significant and would like to share some of his information with you (Google his name to read more of his stuff). Why are even committed church members attending less often?
1. Greater affluence. Making more money is good, right? Well, maybe. It’s a sad corollary that the more financially secure... Read More
It’s been a rough week, hasn’t it?
My heart has been heavy as I watch relationships crumble over political beliefs. On Facebook, I’ve watched relatives fight and unfriend each other. People continue to dig in their heels and vent their frustration, anger, and defensiveness, yet call for peace and healing (from others, apparently).
I don’t know about you, but the sheer volume of opinion and half-truth made me really wish for solid, dependable, unshakeable truth. So today, I came up... Read More
I never thought a blog post about outsourcing would garner so much hatred and ridicule.
A few months ago, I posted a job description for a personal assistant on my blog, outlining the household responsibilities our current assistant was doing for us that we hoped our new assistant could take on as well.
Yes, there were people who loved the post and who picked up great ideas, but there were also a lot of people who attacked me and even... Read More
The conversation went like this . . .
Child #1: OH NO! I forgot to study for the quiz. Well, it’s okay; I’ll just study in passing period.
Child #2: You can’t do that! Cramming doesn’t actually help.
Child #1: It’s not cramming. It’s mildly pressing.
(What?! Apparently “mildly pressing” is not as bad as “cramming.”)
After discussing how using softer words doesn’t actually make the behavior better, Child #1 jokingly said, “When I grow up, I should be a... Read More
Colin Kaepernick sure started something.
The San Francisco 49ers’ backup quarterback chose to use the singing of the national anthem before a game to make a personal statement of his disappointment in the United States of America. First sitting, and then on another occasion kneeling during the anthem, he refused to stand at attention with the other players. The team management decided to allow his gesture as a form of freedom of speech. Now there are athletes all over the... Read More