Let me begin by saying that I’m the daughter of two accountants, and I’m a former nonprofit fundraiser, which makes me highly qualified to write about money.
Actually, it really makes me no more qualified than anyone else. However, the way my parents raised me has made me really thoughtful about the concept of money—how we acquire it, what we do with it, etc. Stewardship is one of my favorite words ever. The concept excites me in the geekiest way... Read More
A year ago I stuck my neck out and delivered a Sunday message about domestic violence (later broadcast on Time of Grace). I wondered why women would choose to stay in abusive relationships. I had heard once that some women in troubled homes were more afraid of being alone than of being hit. I got a few reader responses that opened my eyes a little wider. “I stayed,” one woman wrote, “because I was terrified of his threats to come... Read More
We spent last year in a near-constant state of chaos. We were so busy settling in with a new home, community, school, jobs, friends, hobbies (yadda, yadda, yadda) that sometimes we felt like we were barely hanging on.
So this summer I told myself (but no one else) that this school year was going to be different. I was looking at late August as my New (School) Year’s Resolution, part II. I had it all planned out. The school supplies... Read More
Emma Sulkowicz was raped in her Columbia University college dorm room on the first day of school and no one cared, so she started toting her mattress around campus with her everywhere she went until someone paid attention.
The police and Columbia U had swept her claims about the incident under the rug, but Emma refused to be silent about what happened to her. Since then, countless other voices have joined with hers in protest, both at Columbia and at universities... Read More
The news just keeps getting worse for the NFL. As if the Ray Rice case wasn’t bad enough, Panthers’ franchise tag defensive end Greg Hardy has been placed on the “exempt” (nonplaying) list for assaulting a woman, and Cardinals’ running back Jonathan Dwyer has been arrested for aggravated assault on a woman and her 18-month-old son. He has been deactivated. People are starting to holler for commissioner Roger Goodell’s resignation.
Last week there was more. Pictures surfaced of Minnesota Vikings’... Read More
In the sixth century B.C., God’s people were forcibly dislocated from Judea to Babylon, capital of the land between the two great rivers Tigris and Euphrates. In one of the bitter ironies of history, God’s people today are being forcibly dislocated away from the land between the rivers. Psalm 137’s lament is being sung again, but with exiles going in the other direction.
As we slide past the 13th anniversary of 9/11, every Christian with a pulse has to be... Read More
Silicon Valley may soon need to be renamed to Immortal Alley. Last week, Dr. Joon Yun—an interesting combination of radiologist and hedge fund manager—announced the Palo Alto Longevity Prize. Offering a $1 million carrot from his personal wealth, he introduced The Prize by saying, “I feel it’s inevitable that we’re going to solve aging.”
Within one day, teams worldwide were signing up for the race to hack the aging code. Stanford professor James Doty suggested that—through science and technology—people will... Read More
Tim Tebow’s back on your TV screen as of today. But you won’t find him in a football jersey anymore. Think business suit plus TV makeup. Yes, Tebow has joined the nation’s #1 team—for morning shows, that is—ABC’s Good Morning America. He'll be on the show a couple of times a month with a new segment called #MotivateMeMonday.
Do you think Tim Tebow ever dreamed of becoming a newscaster when he was a little boy? Doubtful. The first college sophomore... Read More
He got away with the first video footage.
Ray Rice is an All-Pro running back for the Baltimore Ravens. He wears a 2013 Super Bowl ring. Video recorded outside an elevator in the Revel Casino in Atlantic City in February showed him dragging his unconscious fiancée, Janay Palmer, through the elevator doors. After some procedural commotion, he received a two-game suspension. Somehow the celebrity news show TMZ obtained additional footage, which allegedly the NFL main office has had for many... Read More
Apparently “Brangelina” (Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie) just tied the knot. I don’t know if I’m embarrassed or proud to say I found this out a couple weeks after the fact only because a friend brought it up.
While I may not be the type to gush over the latest celebrity wedding, weddings and marriage have been on my mind a lot lately. We’ve received over a dozen wedding invitations this summer, and this week marks our third wedding anniversary.
As... Read More