Does everyone on earth have a soul mate? By that I mean a person of your approximate age of the opposite sex who is the perfect match, the perfect life partner for you.
The Bible does not speak about such a thing, so you can’t expect God to guarantee it. Your answer will have to be drawn from literature, movies, your friends, or your personal experiences. I just found some very thoughtful and helpful writing on the subject of soul... Read More
A few months ago, I decided to stop being proud of my kids. Seriously.
I noticed that I often said “I’m proud of you” after my kids attained a certain measure of success. I said it sincerely with a full heart and tears in my eyes. As I thought about it, I didn’t want them to think my pride is based on their performance. After all, I love them. Their successes don’t make me love them more. Their struggles don’t... Read More
It is fashionable these days to heap scorn and guilt on those whose favorable social or economic status is seen as the result of unearned “privilege.” Being Caucasian leads the list of unfair life advantages, of course, but being male, employed, having two married parents, and being comfortable with your birth gender also counts against you in the “privilege” department.
The leading champion of “privilege studies” is Prof. Peggy McIntosh of Wellesley College, who has been writing about this type... Read More
What’s the 1 reason why you need to talk about 13 Reasons Why?
Because you’re the parent.
If you don’t know what I’m talking about, here’s a bit of context.
In 2007 author Jay Asher wrote a book titled 13 Reasons Why. It didn’t dominate conversations and news feeds until Netflix adapted it for a 13-episode series and released it on March 31. The fictional show tells the story of teenager Hannah Baker’s suicide—both the events that led up to... Read More
This year marks the 500th anniversary of the event generally recognized as having launched the Protestant Reformation—Dr. Martin Luther’s public issuance of his famous 95 Theses, i.e., propositional statements, regarding the sale of indulgences to Christians and the true nature of repentance and forgiveness according to Scripture. Five hundred years is a long, long time. Some Protestants will celebrate that anniversary this October; others are completely oblivious to its significance, or are so caught up in the struggles of the... Read More
Please forgive me for that, but I think it’s time we start planning. Not for decorations and presents (although I love buying off season and on clearance), but for which friend, coworker, neighbor, or family member we are going to invite to church.
Because Christmas and Easter are the only times that some people are really open to coming to church, it’s the perfect time to start planning to invite them—and then living in a way that gets them open... Read More
The Minneapolis Star Tribune recently quoted some pretty grim statistics from Scott Thumma and the Hartford Institute for Religion Research. According to Mr. Thumma, average weekly worship attendance for American churches has sagged from 129 to 80 just in the decade from 2005 to 2015. Arrgh! I knew our country was becoming more secular, but I didn’t think it was happening that fast. The median in my tribe is 75 in weekly worship.
One of the coping strategies that the... Read More
It’s not unusual for the Royal Family to be in the news. But this time the reason is unusual. For the first time, two princes have broken protocol and are talking about mental health issues, including their own. They sat with the Duchess of Cambridge and promoted the first-ever mental health marathon, which was held in London on Sunday.
Through the Heads Together campaign, the young royals’ goal is to end the stigma surrounding mental health issues. According to the World... Read More
What do you do when people approach you on the street and ask you for money?
Sometimes their clothes are raggedy, but not always. Sometimes they are unkempt and smell of booze, but often not. Sometimes their message is on a handheld cardboard sign, and sometimes it’s verbal. One thing they all have in common—a story of woe. Around where I live, the panhandlers gather near the local Walgreens (which must drive the store manager nuts) and on the sidewalk... Read More
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