This Thanksgiving, as part of our prayers, my family will say, “O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good.”
At one church we attended, every worship service began with:
Pastor: God is good.
Worshipers: All the time.
Pastor: All the time.
Worshipers: God is good.
When people I love talk about healing, recovery, restored relationships, and seeing God say yes to their prayers, they say, “God is good.”
As we are all encouraged to list the things we... Read More
Thanksgiving to Christmas is supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year. Except, of course, when it’s not. When we are too hurried and frantic about getting everything done, buying the perfect presents, and attending every holiday party dressed to impress, it's so easy to forget to prepare our own hearts for Jesus' coming.
If you need some help slowing down amidst the busyness of the Christmas season, please join me in the 2015 Advent Challenge. Starting this Sunday, November 29,... Read More
It’s harder to be self-aware than it may seem. How do we really appear to others?
The Huffington Post is a huge online “news aggregator” and blog site that puts out a generally left-of-center point of view. It irritates Rush Limbaugh so much that he mocks it as the “Huffington Puffington Post.” HuffPo recently reprinted a Religious News Service article that described how the Southern Baptist Convention was cutting eight hundred jobs in its overseas mission agency. The board that... Read More
The coordinated terrorist attacks on Paris shone the spotlight on the topic of Syrian refugees.
Governors are divided over whether to accept refugees into their states. Citizens are divided over how to stay safe and how to live out the words on the base of the Statue of Liberty. Christians are torn between the desire to protect their families and living out Jesus’ command to love their enemies.
Conversations online and in person are filled with people debating it all... Read More
How do you help your kids process the news from Paris this week?
When a relatively small number of people are willing to give their own lives to take the lives of other innocent people, people whom they don’t even know, and take those lives in as grisly and spectacular manner possible, this is not a short-term or easily fixable problem. Islamist terrorism has become a part of the permanent landscape, sort of like organized crime, and it will probably... Read More
That was the question coming to me from an anguished phone caller. What to do? He was a biblical Christian and believed that homosexual activity is forbidden by God, and yet he loved his grandson and didn’t want to offend that part of the family.
We talked for quite a while. I don’t think there is an absolutely right or wrong response here. On the one hand, I would understand if biblically motivated Christian relatives would find themselves unable to... Read More
Have you heard about the Starbucks red cup brewhaha? (See what I did there?)
Joshua Feuerstein, a former pastor who uses social media as his pulpit, went online to stir up trouble all because Starbucks’ 2015 Christmas cup is simply red with a logo on it. (Other years’ cups featured ornaments, doves, Christmas trees, snowflakes, carolers, and snowmen.)
Calling it a war on Christmas, Feuerstein encouraged Christians not to boycott, but to go into their local Starbucks and say their name is... Read More
And what we need to start saying instead
How often do you say something like this?
I’m too busy to . . . (fill in the blank)
I’m too busy to work out.
I’m too busy to make it to Bible study.
We’re too busy to schedule date nights.
I’m too busy to volunteer.
Trust me, I used to say things like that ALL. THE. TIME. (Okay, I still do sometimes.)
Probably almost all of us have... Read More
In late October and early November, the leaves up here in the tundra are in full glory, homeowners are scurrying to do last-minute caulking and painting, and Halloween costumes are everywhere. A few history-minded Protestants celebrate the birth of the Reformation on October 31.
This week also marks a significant milestone in English-speaking Christianity—it was on October 27, 1978, that the New International Version’s (NIV) full Bible was released. It was immediately an overwhelming success and is the leading Bible... Read More
As far as rivalries go, Michigan vs. Michigan State ranks right up there as one of the big ones. You are either maize and blue or green and white. Residents of the state are deeply loyal to their team—and slightly hostile to the other.
This year, on October 17, there was a twist. The Michigan fans turned on their own team. Michigan was 10 seconds away from victory when one of their players fumbled the punt. Michigan State recovered the... Read More