Designer Genes!
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On October 23 the students, faculty, and staff of Chinook Trail Elementary in Colorado Springs, CO, wore jeans to school. If you’re wondering why that’s newsworthy, well, it isn’t really. But why they did it is. You see, it wasn’t so much about the clothes the kids wore that made that day special, it was that the kids wore jeans to bring awareness to those who have “Designer Genes.” Joshua is one of those kids—and his classmates wore jeans so... Read More
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Dear Brittany, Let me just start by saying your situation stinks. It’s beyond tough. I don’t understand, and I’m not going to pretend I can relate. I don’t have cancer, and I haven’t experienced your pain. I don’t even know you. But I don’t want you to end your life, to surrender voluntarily the few days and moments God still has planned for you here on earth—moments that have a purpose, at least to God.  I know all your reasons... Read More
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This past April was a rough month for pets in the Buxa house. In the span of five days, our cat disappeared and our yellow Lab died. After a few months of petless existence (if you don’t count the chickens), we recently brought home two barn kittens and a black Lab puppy. All was good—for a few weeks. Then it happened again. Leo, our orange-and-white kitty, disappeared. The reality of owning mousers in the country was sinking in. I started... Read More
Whose Church Is It Anyway?
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Are you a member of your congregation? Are you a customer of the services provided by your pastor and church staff? Are you an owner? Who really owns a ministry? Who has the last word? Those questions rarely come up when everybody is happy, but when there is conflict, suddenly people start looking around the constitution and bylaws (if they exist). Does it surprise you to know that all real estate, buildings, and furnishings in a Catholic church belong either... Read More
God and My Sex Life
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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
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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
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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
Not So Happy Meals
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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
Not My Circus
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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
When Does the Baby Become Human?
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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