To be honest, I did not want to write about this topic. Nope. Not one bit. When a message appeared in my inbox suggesting I blog about sexual atheism among Christians, my head thought, “No way. Don’t wanna go there.” Christians and their sexual choices . . . it’s such a sensitive, heavy topic. I didn’t want to deal with it at all. It’s so hard to talk about this stuff without sounding judgy. And I never know what to... Read More
Stacy was five months pregnant when her water broke. She was put on complete bed rest, but one week later, Kora Ruth was born at home. She was delivered and baptized by her earthly father—and two minutes later went to live with her heavenly Father. Though her parents know she is healthy and whole in heaven, their empty arms still ache to hold her here on earth.
They aren’t alone. Painful statistics remind us that, for all of our medical... Read More
This week marks two years since my little cousin Joey passed away. He lost his earthly battle to leukemia and won an eternal victory those of us on earth can only dream of. Joey’s short life was filled with a lot of pain, sorrow, and uncertainty. Yet his parents and brothers would tell you that there was so much more than just the bad stuff.
While I don’t have a terminal illness, I do have a chronic illness—rheumatoid arthritis—that I’ll... Read More
The kids who grew up on Happy Meals aren’t so happy with McDonald’s anymore. The Wall Street Journal reported that the percentage of 19- to 21 year-olds who visit McDonald’s on a monthly basis has dropped nearly 13% since 2011. Among the slightly older crowd of 22- to 37-year-olds, there’s no decline yet, but they’ve seen zero increase.
What’s the deal? What’s wrong with good ol’ McDonald’s? Is this culture shift because younger generations have taken to heart 1 Corinthians... Read More
Have you seen this saying on Facebook lately?
“Not my circus, not my monkeys.”—Polish Proverb
Now, I am pretty skeptical about quotes on Facebook because I’ve also seen this:
“You shouldn’t always trust quotes on the Internet!”—Abraham Lincoln
Because I wasn’t sure that the fine people of Poland actually did have that as a proverb, I employed all the hard-hitting investigative techniques this blogger could muster and searched on Snopes and five pages of Google’s search results. I found nothing... Read More
The abortion debate in America just got a little more insane.
Last Friday was the sentencing of Brandy Payne, age 23, on the charge of first degree reckless homicide. In June of 2012, Ms. Payne had been involved in an argument with her baby’s father, who had denied paternity and refused to help her. In a fit of anger, she took the one-week-old baby and dashed him to the floor. Putting a little cap on his injured head, she took... Read More
The statistics are sobering.
Already seven years ago, a Duke University study found that 85 percent of seminary graduates entering the ministry leave within five years and 90 percent of all pastors will not stay to retirement.
Another study they published last year showed that the anxiety rate among clergy was 13.5 percent, and more than 7 percent of clergy experienced depression and anxiety.
This isn’t exactly good news as we head into Clergy Appreciation Month. But it is eye... Read More
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