The exodus of Christians from their ancient home in the Middle East continues. Can you blame them?
On Palm Sunday Islamist terrorists destroyed two Christian churches in Egypt. More than forty people were killed. ISIS claimed responsibility. Middle East observer Perry Chiaramonte wrote recently that 200,000 Egyptian Christians have fled the country, no longer sure that Egypt’s government is able (or even willing) to protect them, even though Coptic Christians are at least 10% of Egypt’s population. Syria’s ancient Christian... Read More
For almost two weeks, my kids’ schools were on a soft lockdown.
A man robbed a gun store about 30 minutes away from their schools and made threats against schools, churches, and the government. That city and all the surrounding counties were on alert—and it even became a nationwide story. The kids didn’t go outside for recess, one church closed on Palm Sunday, the Speaker of the House had additional security, and police increased patrols. While people were thankful for... Read More
I think I’m a better driver than most. I bet you do too, and most drivers probably do too. When there’s a slowdown or stressful freeway lane changes, I’m pretty sure it’s the fault of the dopes and idiots around me. Judging from all the road rage incidents every day, there seems to be a lot of blaming going on. Sinful human nature being what it is, we have figured out fairly quickly how to express our anger: horn honking,... Read More
The images from the past few days have been horrific.
The president of Syria (allegedly) launched a chemical attack against his own citizens. From the comfort of our homes, we have a hard time imagining the horror. Then we see the photograph of a father cradling his lifeless nine-month-old twins and the footage of a man convulsing and foaming at the mouth.
On Palm Sunday, ISIS launched an attack against Christians in Egypt while they were celebrating Jesus’ entry into... Read More
One of my heroes is going to serve God in a different way.
Rev. Tim Keller is 66 years old, and he announced this month that he is stepping down as senior pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan. Mentored by legendary theologians Edmund Clowney and Harvie Conn, he began his ministry as a pastor in Virginia and worked for the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) as a church planter. The PCA then called him in 1989 to plant one... Read More
I was in a hotel elevator last weekend. I couldn’t wait seven seconds, so I pressed the “close door” button. At crosswalks, I often press the “walk” button at least five times. (Because pressing it more often will make it work better and faster. Duh.)
You know what’s funny? Those buttons don’t do anything. An article in the New York Times last fall shared a secret. Those buttons are considered technological placebos. They are buttons that give you the illusion... Read More
I struggled a lot writing this post.
See, I’m really passionate about the intersection of faith and finances, and I had this idea to talk about how I don’t believe so many Christians should shy away from accumulating wealth.
I scoured the Bible for what God says about money.
And God’s Word reminded me that money is tricky.
There are so many stories, parables, and teachings that seem contradictory.
What are we Christians supposed to believe about money? Is it... Read More
I always find it interesting when people in business talk about “ethics” and “values,” as though it is commonly understood that there is a set of universal principles that are binding on all people. That is, of course, a profoundly Christian idea, but our age is not profoundly Christian. It is our assignment to live in an age of militant relativism, i.e., that every person (and, I suppose, every organization) may choose its own “truths,” since there is no absolute... Read More
Raise your hand if you’re feeling inadequate.
I’m worn out by the lies that whisper, “You can have it all. You should do it all. You aren’t doing it well enough.” Usually I end up believing those things, which makes me feel like God didn’t give me the right gifts because I don’t have other people’s gifts. Today, I’m posting this reminder for me—and for you, in case you need it too:
“There is a time... Read More
The photo at the bottom of this post is what I look like after 30 minutes with a makeup artist who used not one—but two—tackle boxes of makeup to make me look natural. To be honest, as someone who usually wears a ponytail and no makeup, it was fun to get to be someone I’m not for just a few hours.
It’s not a good thing when we cover up what’s going on inside. After Robin Williams committed suicide, everyone... Read More