I always find it interesting when people in business talk about “ethics” and “values,” as though it is commonly understood that there is a set of universal principles that are binding on all people. That is, of course, a profoundly Christian idea, but our age is not profoundly Christian. It is our assignment to live in an age of militant relativism, i.e., that every person (and, I suppose, every organization) may choose its own “truths,” since there is no absolute... Read More
Raise your hand if you’re feeling inadequate.
I’m worn out by the lies that whisper, “You can have it all. You should do it all. You aren’t doing it well enough.” Usually I end up believing those things, which makes me feel like God didn’t give me the right gifts because I don’t have other people’s gifts. Today, I’m posting this reminder for me—and for you, in case you need it too:
“There is a time... Read More
The photo at the bottom of this post is what I look like after 30 minutes with a makeup artist who used not one—but two—tackle boxes of makeup to make me look natural. To be honest, as someone who usually wears a ponytail and no makeup, it was fun to get to be someone I’m not for just a few hours.
It’s not a good thing when we cover up what’s going on inside. After Robin Williams committed suicide, everyone... Read More
Carolyn Hax writes a personal advice column for the Washington Post. A recent letter: “Dear Carolyn, I have read study after study documenting that modern people have fewer friends than in previous eras and that, as time goes on, more and more people report feeling isolated and friendless.” I expected that the next sentence would be a strenuous disagreement with this “common knowledge.”
In fact, the next sentence read: “I am one of them. You have said that you often... Read More
The Trump campaign in 2016 and many other Republicans in other races made substantial reform or even repeal of Obamacare a central plank in their platforms. To the surprise of many observers (me included), the party now controls the White House, Senate, and House. So what are they going to do about the federal role in health care?
Obamacare was easier to oppose than to replace. As of this writing, the Republican right wing has nothing but scorn for the... Read More
One minute you’re an expert on the South Korea impeachment scandal.
The next you’re a viral video because your kids crashed your Skype interview with the BBC.
I’m sure you’ve seen the video by now—and laughed. We’ve all been there, haven’t we? I mean, not live on BBC World News discussing the South Korean president being forced out of office, but we’ve all had our kids surprise and embarrass us a little. People across the globe are laughing so much... Read More
I must confess that when I saw that title on an online article by a man named Aaron Damiani, I could feel a rant start to boil up inside my soul. “Just more ‘spiritual but not religious’ gas,” I thought. Then I read the article and saw that Mr. Damiani is a Christian pastor and was actually making some good points, not about Lent itself but about the Lenten custom of self-denial. He wasn’t talking about the value of Lenten... Read More
There’s a pretty good chance you’re one of the over 1 billion people on Facebook.
Now, I mainly love Facebook. I really do. (Well, except for this past presidential race. Then I didn’t love it so much.) Anyway, as a military family, social media allowed me to stay in touch with family and friends across the country and world. From baby pictures to status updates, we could connect with each other, even though we lived thousands of miles away.
Little... Read More
It may have slipped past you this week, but people of Welsh ancestry always take note of March 1, St. David’s Day. David is as important spiritually and emotionally to the Welsh people as Patrick is to the Irish. Wales is one of the Celtic “Seven Nations,” the corners of Europe where the Celtic peoples withdrew who didn’t want to assimilate into the Roman Empire: Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, Isle of Man, Brittany (in NW France), and Galicia (in NW... Read More
There’s no Lent calendars out there. Have you noticed that? I mean, at Christmas, you can get Advent calendars filled with chocolate, wine, or Star Wars Legos. Now, as delicious and fun as those things may be, none of them really helps focus on Jesus coming to earth to be our Savior. So maybe six weeks of wine and chocolate and toys wouldn’t help us focus on Jesus and how he earned our salvation for us either. Plus, when we... Read More