For a woman who mainly writes about Jesus and grace, this past week I did something that might have seemed just a bit out of character. A friend of mine is a makeup artist who needed to practice special effects techniques. Gory, creepy makeup techniques.
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For two hours, layer after layer of makeup was added, transforming me from a wife and mother of three who lives in a rural location and tends to chickens into an undead... Read More
“Why do we have to keep studying poverty? When are people going to start studying human flourishing and act on that?”
I read that line, quoted in an article in World magazine by writer Mindy Belz, a couple of years ago and it’s been quietly buzzing in the back of my head ever since. It was spoken by Paul Larsen, cofounder of Aslan Global Management. Mr. Larsen’s organization has been working in two places in the world considered impoverished—Ukraine and... Read More
If you attend church regularly, maybe you’ve noticed your pews aren’t quite as filled as they used to be. The Pew Research Center confirms your suspicions. A 2015 survey of more than 35,000 U.S. adults showed that the number of people who believe in God, pray daily, and regularly go to church or other religious services has declined in the past ten years. In addition, more and more Americans consider themselves religiously unaffiliated. These “nones” now make up 23% of... Read More
Do you like your life?
You know the correct answer to that one, don’t you? As a Christian, you know you’re supposed to be content with who you are. You are not supposed to be envious of others or grumble about what you have or don’t have. “Be content with what you have” (Hebrews 13:5). “I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation,” said St. Paul (Philippians 4:12).
And yet, let’s be real. We are... Read More
I asked the people in my Bible study group once, “Can you know what God is thinking?” “Oh, no,” they all replied. They were all sure that God is inscrutable and remote. His ways and thoughts are far beyond our comprehension, aren’t they? He is aloof and unknowable, distant and mysterious in his perfect heaven.
Hah! Actually, the reverse is true. When you read the Old Testament prophets, God tells you exactly what’s on his divine mind. The 5 major... Read More
I would hate to be a presidential candidate right now. For Donald Trump, his recorded words are coming back to haunt him. The way he talks about using his fame to his advantage with women is sickening. For Hillary Clinton, the words she used to smear her husband’s rape accusers are being replayed and hurting victims all over again. It’s the stuff of campaign manager nightmares.
I can’t imagine living with the reality that any and all of my reprehensible... Read More
In my own personal situation and in our marriage, an organized life has without a doubt helped us make more space in our schedule, budget, and life for what matters.
So I wanted to write a post about the specific ways in which this is true. It’s just as much for my own sake as it is for yours.
If you’re like me, this post is to help you see the blessings in your natural tendencies, to make sure you’re... Read More
The United States is in the middle of an opioid epidemic.
A few words of explanation and definition: Opium poppies have long been the source of drugs that have an amazing painkilling ability. They are cultivated primarily in Afghanistan but are found elsewhere in central and south Asia as well. The milky latex that drips from their seedpods is loaded with morphine, codeine, thebaine, and other substances. The drugs made from that latex are called opiates and include:
Opium. Its... Read More
It’s not a secret that most Americans aren’t really feeling the love for either of the major political parties’ presidential candidates. While my Libertarian friends are all fired up, most friends—on both sides of the political aisle—are reacting like the character from the 90s sitcom 3rd Rock From the Sun.
A few hours before last week’s presidential debates, I was praying for our country and the candidates. Honestly, I was a little anxious. That’s when it hit me. I am... Read More
John G. Stumpf was a financial services superhero. The ratings agency Morningstar named him CEO of the year in 2015. Under his leadership, Wells Fargo has become one of the top two banks in the nation, rivaled only by JP Morgan Chase, with a market capitalization around $250 billion. Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway is a major shareholder. Mr. Stumpf made $20 million in 2015, plus a great deal more in future stock options. He recently received a $4 million bonus... Read More