Sooner or later your family will have to make some hard medical decisions about the care being offered to a loved one whose condition seems hopeless. Perhaps you’ve been through that already. The most likely scenario involves the decision process around a frail and elderly person for whom a complicated and expensive medical procedure might offer a few more weeks or months of life. Do you put a 94-year-old person through hip surgery, for instance? Or open heart surgery? Even... Read More
I am so good at not worrying.
Ha! . . . until I wake up at 2 A.M. And then all my stress catches up with me—and keeps me up for two hours.
That’s when I wonder how I am going to cram in all the things I need to teach my kiddos before I unleash them on society in just a few years. I am inadequate at parenting. I’m doing so much so wrong. And what if they make... Read More
I suppose it was inevitable.
One of the most popular social media websites uses as its tagline, “Broadcast Yourself.” Given the immense popularity of online pornography, I guess it was just a matter of time before people started to take naked selfies and send them to their friends and lovers. It’s so easy! The technology in your smartphone makes you a movie producer or boudoir photographer if you choose, and it provides an instantaneous distribution system.
But something like 10%... Read More
I thought I was doing well with my morning quiet time until I read this quote:
“Today we teach young Christians . . . to have devotions or quiet time. Normally this consists of ten to thirty minutes a day spent reading the Bible, praying, and perhaps reading something from a devotional book. Along with church on Sundays and perhaps involvement in a small group, we hope this will enable them to withstand the blizzard swirling around them.
“It won’t.... Read More
Do you ever read the “Comments” section underneath online magazine articles? You need a strong stomach. When they can hide behind a fake screen name, people come out with the most disappointingly abusive and vulgar statements. Even YouTube music videos seem to bring out the beast in people as they shout and curse at one another. We live in an age of h8ters.
I have also been pretty glum for many months, years actually, about the level of bitterness and... Read More
Ah, July Fourth, the day when citizens of the United States celebrate independence with fireworks and parades and cookouts. Really, though, the celebration of Independence Day comes with the opportunity to remember that all freedom comes with sacrifice. Not safety. Not comfort.
The people who fought for independence could have simply accepted the status quo and hid in their homes. But they craved freedom and were willing to sacrifice their personal comforts and possibly even their lives so that their... Read More
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