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
Are you a buyer of lottery tickets? I hope you aren’t, but I would still like you if you were. Garrison Keillor said that the lottery is a tax on people who are not good at math.
Early this year somebody bought a Powerball ticket at a gas station in Pewaukee, Wisconsin. In the March 22 drawing, that ticket became a winner. The jackpot by then had grown to $156.2 million. But here’s the thing—you don’t register your name with... Read More
My post last week focused on suicide, mental health, and depression in teenagers. But you’re a grown-up now. What about you—and the struggles you’re going through?
This world isn’t what we thought it would be. Maybe you’re a millennial and adulthood hasn’t been everything you were promised. For those in the military, serving your country sounds great, but the things you’ve seen and the stress you’ve been under means you understand why the suicide rate is so high among those... Read More
Does everyone on earth have a soul mate? By that I mean a person of your approximate age of the opposite sex who is the perfect match, the perfect life partner for you.
The Bible does not speak about such a thing, so you can’t expect God to guarantee it. Your answer will have to be drawn from literature, movies, your friends, or your personal experiences. I just found some very thoughtful and helpful writing on the subject of soul... Read More
A few months ago, I decided to stop being proud of my kids. Seriously.
I noticed that I often said “I’m proud of you” after my kids attained a certain measure of success. I said it sincerely with a full heart and tears in my eyes. As I thought about it, I didn’t want them to think my pride is based on their performance. After all, I love them. Their successes don’t make me love them more. Their struggles don’t... Read More