What level of formality of attire do you choose for church? Necktie or open collar? Heels or flats? Dress or slacks? Khakis or jeans? Jacket or shirtsleeves? Sneakers? Shorts? Flip-flops?
I’ve overheard a few of my fellow pastors groaning at the level of dress at their worship services. “People! We are coming to meet the King of kings and Lord of lords! You look like you’re on your way to a barbecue!” To them there is only one way... Read More
"Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifice.” —President Harry S. Truman
President Truman was absolutely right.
But the daily news makes it sound like he was wrong. That maybe our country has forgotten the sacrifice of the over 1.3 million soldiers who have died in the line of duty. When a video challenge to stomp on... Read More
Just when you think you’ve handled one self-confidence issue with your girls, another pops up. Spin the “this will make your daughter insecure” roulette wheel and see where it lands.
Maybe it’s the #KylieJennerLipChallenge. Girls were worried that they weren’t beautiful because they didn’t have pouty lips, so they put their lips in shot glasses to create a suction effect and puff up their lips. (I'm not joking.) Of course, this backfired, and you can find all sorts of lip-challenge-gone-awry... Read More
I remember the first time I heard about someone I knew who was honoring the Sabbath in her own special way. Sabbath rest looks a little different to everyone, and I don’t remember exactly how she spent her time on those Sundays off, but the basic gist of it was 1) relaxation and refreshment, 2) time with God, and 3) no productive stuff.
I was fascinated by the concept. As a girl who loves to-do lists and finds enjoyment in... Read More
Last January, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers gave some Christian sports fans a little heartburn when he offered the opinion to Ryan Parker of the Los Angeles Times that “I don’t think God cares a whole lot about the outcome. He cares about the people involved, but I don’t think he’s a big football fan.” Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson, whose Seahawks vaulted into the Super Bowl after the Packers’ epic choke, was perhaps understandably more confident of the favor... Read More
Mother’s Day is this coming Sunday, and it’s going to be idyllic.
Any experienced mom knows her family is frantically scrambling to figure out what to give her or to do for her. In the interest of keeping it real (and keeping expectations low), I asked some friends to share their more memorable gifts. And here are some of the contributions:
When the givers give out of love, but maybe didn’t think it through . . .
"I love... Read More
Dear mamas, I know you’re trying really hard. I know many times you feel like you’re not doing enough. Your kids’ birthday parties aren’t Pinteresty enough or your house isn’t clean enough or you’re not volunteering at church enough . . .
I give you permission to not do it all.
In fact, I beg you to please not do it all.
See, I’m not a mama yet, but that doesn’t mean I don’t see what’s going on in... Read More
Even if you don’t watch the E! channel or read gossip mags, the name of Bruce Jenner has probably come across your radar screen. Remember Bruce? One of America’s sports heroes, winner of the decathlon at the 1976 Olympics. Or maybe you know him from celebrity TV shows. He is, after all, Queen Kim Kardashian’s stepfather. Her mom is one of Bruce’s three ex-wives. Bruce has set Hollywood, and therefore America, abuzz with a series of revelations that he is... Read More
Congregations that were built on immigration are getting killed, especially in cities.
Members of the Armenian Orthodox Church here in Milwaukee were rejoicing at a recent influx of Armenian immigrants. One leader remarked to a local reporter, “It’s hard to be an ethnic church without ethnics.” By my rough estimate, here in Milwaukee over 30 Lutheran congregations and almost 40 Catholic parishes are no longer in ministry under their original name: some have merged, some moved out to the suburbs,... Read More
“How are you? How have you been?”
Have you noticed how many of us answer that question that way? (Guilty.)
Some people are very aware of the busyness epidemic. In a culture where simplicity and minimalism are becoming huge trends, some treat the word busy like it’s a four-letter word, like busy is ruining our lives.
To be honest, the minimalist, ultra-simple lifestyle is not a goal of mine. If I decided to get really worked up about never... Read More