I’m usually pretty good about scrolling through sappy videos on Facebook. Mainly because there isn’t enough time in the day to watch every video about gender reveal, sweet wedding dance, or stepchild asking to be adopted. So why I watched a particular video about a man who was given a pair of Enchroma glasses, I don’t know. But I did. (And I’m thankful because it gave me an idea for a blog post!)
For 66 years, this tough bodybuilder had... Read More
One of the main reasons why Jesus’ parable of the prodigal son (perhaps better called the parable of the two sons) is so well-known and well-loved is that it has multiple points of self-identification. Most of us know the taste and feel of rebellion against God and can identify with the prodigal son, throwing money around in vain search of fulfillment. Perhaps you have been the “good” son, sniffing at the sins of others.
Or maybe you resonate with the... Read More
My husband and I agree that if we had lived in the same city when we were dating, we probably wouldn’t be married. At the time, I thought I wanted to find someone who liked volleyball, words, and music. Instead, I was introduced to someone who likes hunting, math, and wonders why anyone would sing when they could just talk. (Plus, in an especially fun twist, we cheer for rival football teams.)
I see now that I wanted someone like... Read More
One of the most bitterly contested teachings of the Bible within Protestantism is the meaning of Baptism. The great reformer Martin Luther largely embraced the historic Catholic understanding of Baptism, that it is a sacrament that brings God’s grace unconditionally to a sinner of any age and intellectual development. But beginning in the 1520s, a resistance movement arose that proclaimed a radically different idea of Baptism. Because they rejected the validity of all child Baptisms, all who wanted to be... Read More
I’m pretty good at sinning, and I already know that marriage illuminated a lot of my flaws, so I should have expected motherhood would bring on a whole new flavor of sin in my life.
To be honest, I could list at least 87 different ways I’ve sinned as a mom, but I’ll focus on two big categories:
How I’ve sinned in pride:
Where do I even begin? Mom life gives you endless opportunities for comparison... Read More
The outpouring of support and the rescue efforts for those affected by Hurricane Harvey have been amazing. Having been a Coast Guard family, I’m partial to seeing the stats of how many thousands of people were rescued by Coasties, many of whom had lost their homes too but continued to serve others. I watch J.J. Watt’s Twitter feed, simply to be astonished by how his initial goal of $250,000 to help those affected by the hurricane is now over $28 million! ... Read More
One of the most miserable days of our first year of marriage came when we were gone for most of the day and came back to find two inches of water in our basement. An even more distressing discovery was the presence of our own running garden hose stuck into one of the basement window wells. An out-of-control neighbor kid thought it would be a great thrill to put some water in our basement. Carol was distraught—she had cardboard boxes... Read More
With apologies to Mr. Dickens, his characterization of Victorian England could be ours today. How the worlds of employment and finance have changed! Here are some features of life in the 21st century for which I am grateful:
Credit cards. I don’t have to carry as much cash as in the old days, when there was always risk of losing it or being held up. Widespread card use goes back, amazingly, only into the 1970s. The technology for almost instant... Read More
For many parents, the phrase “Back to school” really means “Back to bleachers.” As high school sports are beginning, now is the perfect time to give our student-athletes a reminder to be compassionate competitors. And Pastor Jared does a great job in this Your Time of Grace video, helping parents talk to their teens about that.
Ah, but Christian parents, what about being compassionate competitors in the stands? As we settle in to cheer for our favorite team, let’s consider... Read More
For the next few weeks, many parents are dreading saying goodbye to their kids as they drop them off at college. For parents of new military recruits and cadets at military academies, however, there’s a different set of concerns. With training lasting for 7 to 12 weeks, these parents know that their children are about to head into a lonely and physically and emotionally exhausting time.
While we hear so much about how self-absorbed this generation is, we see in... Read More