I come from many generations of the descendants of north-central Europeans. Beer and wine in that culture are not considered alcohol. They are considered food. My maternal grandfather, a fine pastor for more than 50 years, gave me my first glass of beer to drink with my grandmother’s pork roast when I was about 9. The very name of our city’s major league baseball team suggests the importance of brewing in our culture. I worked my way through school in... Read More
I have a little bit of a problem with the whole concept of Christmas cards. Don’t get me wrong; I love receiving them, but I just think we’re kind of missing the point sometimes. The activity of sending Christmas cards should be enjoyable and should be a genuine expression of love and care for the people who receive them. Unfortunately, too often the whole thing turns into 1) an obligatory, stressful addition to the already stressful holiday season or 2)... Read More
I don’t know about you, but this being-a-grown-up thing kind of stinks. A quick poll of your friends (and your life!) will show you that life is hard—and it doesn’t look like it’s going to get easier. So while I keep impatiently waiting for the whole “with age comes wisdom thing,” I find it’s more like “With age comes knowing I should know what to say but finding myself tongue-tied.”
A few months ago Pastor Jeske shared ten things not... Read More
The University of Pennsylvania is now offering a course called “Wasting Time on the Internet.” (Check the date; today is not April Fool’s Day. I’m serious.) Apparently the professor was tired of all the negativity surrounding the amount of time people spend online. “I'm very tired of reading articles in the New York Times every week that make us feel bad about spending so much time on the internet, about dividing our attention so many times,” said course professor and... Read More
It’s got to be getting harder for single Christian women to find decent guys these days.
Not that it was ever easy, but our culture seems to glamorize bad boys, and my pastoral experience is that bad boys don’t make particularly great husbands and fathers. They might not be all that much fun to date either, if you want to be treated like a lady.
I heard three stories recently that embarrass me on behalf of males everywhere.
First, excerpts... Read More
Recently I participated in a 31-day challenge to use social media to brag about why I love my husband. As I did this, I realized it’s hard to come up with 31 reasons! (I know that sounds bad, but stick with me!) You see, the ones I started listing such as He puts me second (God is in first) and He is a man of his word and He is faithful were actually too generic. So I started listing more tangible... Read More
CNN’s webpage declared that teens suffer from “like” and “FOMO” anxiety.* I have a teenager, which means her anxiety causes me anxiety, so I figured I should learn more about this. First, because I’m neither cool nor hip, I had to Google FOMO. (I’ll save you the trouble of looking it up: Fear of Missing Out.)
Diana Graber, cofounder of CyberWise.org, commented, “It’s almost like a little competition for the number of likes. I think that’s anxiety-ridden, because you get... Read More
These are turbulent times for the Christian church. On the one hand, there are encouraging stories of great advances in the spread of the Christian faith in the Far East, in places once thought difficult or impossible for evangelism. On the other hand, there are sad stories of Christians being driven out of ancient churches and communities in the Middle East.
And sad stories of retreat in the United States. Perhaps you’ve heard of the growing number of colleges and universities... Read More
I’m drawn to social injustices like flies to a summer picnic. Perhaps it’s my background in nonprofit work or the fact that my mom was constantly taking on some new charity initiative as I was growing up, but whenever I hear about a noble cause, I immediately start thinking how I can get involved.
Can you relate? You witness your friend collecting school supplies for struggling families or listen to a missionary speak at church or see the family with... Read More
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