For today’s female athletes, June 23 probably passed without even a thought about its significance. This year, that date marks the 45th anniversary of the signing of Title IX, which requires gender equality in every educational program that receives federal funding. That includes athletics, which is important because in 1971 only one percent of college athletic budgets went to female sports and high school male athletes outnumbered female athletes 12.5 to 1.
Forty-five years is a long time, enough for... Read More
I recently read some comments appended to an online article on Christian art. The anonymous critic ridiculed the portrayal of a “white Jesus” as a racist holdover from the era of “white oppression and white cultural imperialism.” Ouch. What color should Jesus be in your church art?
Look around your congregation’s building. Do you see the face of Jesus anywhere? If you come from a strongly Calvinistic tradition, your church might not have much imagery or perhaps none at all.... Read More
It sits in Louisville’s Cave Hill Cemetery facing Mecca. Made of gray granite, the stone arch simply reads “Ali.” In Louisville, and in most of the rest of America, that is all the name that is needed. Muhammad Ali, known as Cassius Clay until his conversion to the Nation of Islam in 1964, is regarded by many (most?) (all?) as the greatest heavyweight boxer ever. He died in June of 2016 at the age of 74. The Champ had suffered... Read More
Back when my kiddos were small, it seemed like we had plenty of time for everything. Now, with only two years before my oldest graduates from high school, trying to hold on to the time we have left feels like holding on to sand. That’s why this summer was going to be my “Choose Wisely” summer. Last summer, we said yes to just about every opportunity for my kids to stay involved and active. It was too much.... Read More
Ah, June! The most popular season to watch people get married—to themselves.
In a small, yet growing trend, women are practicing sologamy. At this self-wedding ceremony, the woman wears a wedding dress, gives herself a ring, and vows to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, until death do us part. The website IMarriedMe.com (which will sell you a self-marriage kit for $230 if... Read More
Do the members of your congregation clap in worship? Are they allowed? Bring up this subject and get ready for fireworks:
“When we worship God, we must simply follow that which He has revealed to us in the New Testament. Hand clapping as an act of worship is not revealed in the New Testament. Therefore, in order to please God, we must leave it out of our worship! God demands respect for His Word. To add to it or to... Read More
Moms, let’s all admit that we’re good at the busy mom martyrdom game. We love to play the victim of our circumstances.
I suggest you avoid asking me about our family’s schedule anywhere between May through September each year, because I will likely whine/subtly brag about how we have 12 weddings to attend and how nearly every weekend is booked and how I have soooo little time for myself or my own little family. If I’m honest, there is sin—both... Read More
Sometimes it’s just hard, isn’t it?
This world is heavy. The more you grow up, the more you live with the reality of pain and sadness and loneliness and messiness. This is why we are constantly looking for something to make this world better.
A new leader, a new boss, a new exercise, a new job, a new spouse, a new diet, a new pair of shoes, a new house, a new drink, a new year. All because “new” gives... Read More
We are all believers in the miracles of modern medicine. We like to assume that all problems associated with infant mortality will just go away. But even though the rate has been significantly reduced in first-world countries, babies still die before they are even born:
Through miscarriage, usually defined as a death occurring in the first 20 weeks. They are much more common than most people realize. Researchers estimate that 15-20%, or even as high as 25%, of all pregnancies... Read More
Congratulations! I’m sure you’ve heard all the speeches now about going out and changing the world. If you’re a big dreamer, I hope you reach those dreams and persevere until they come true. And, frankly, if you want to change just your corner of the world in quiet, little ways, I hope you reach those dreams too. After all, the world needs quiet, gentle citizens just as much as it needs bold, dynamic leaders.
For all the plans that you... Read More