In just a few days, the frenzy begins! (Maybe it’s already begun for you if you’re hosting Thanksgiving.) Flipping the calendar to December—if you still use paper calendars—shows you just how much you have to accomplish. Between shopping, decorating, parties, kids’ activities, and a longer to-do list in general, how are we supposed to get it all done? Do you realize just how little time is left?!
Wait a minute! If we’re not supposed to conform to the pattern of... Read More
Marquette University here in my hometown has been the scene of a minor hoo-ha over a student’s right to offer an opinion in a classroom. In a class entitled Theory of Ethics, a teaching assistant mentioned three controversial topics of today—gay marriage, gun rights, and the death penalty—and then erased gay marriage as a debatable issue “since we all agree on this.” A student approached her afterward and said that he didn’t agree with the concept of a right to... Read More
Thanksgiving is this week, and thankfulness is in the air! Or at least it should be. What are you thankful for? Friends, family, health? Those are some of the standard things we mention. But what about some of the countless other aspects of our lives that we often overlook? I had fun putting together a list for you of 21 unusual things to be thankful for this holiday season. Some are sincere, some are humorous, and some are based on... Read More
I come from many generations of the descendants of north-central Europeans. Beer and wine in that culture are not considered alcohol. They are considered food. My maternal grandfather, a fine pastor for more than 50 years, gave me my first glass of beer to drink with my grandmother’s pork roast when I was about 9. The very name of our city’s major league baseball team suggests the importance of brewing in our culture. I worked my way through school in... Read More
I have a little bit of a problem with the whole concept of Christmas cards. Don’t get me wrong; I love receiving them, but I just think we’re kind of missing the point sometimes. The activity of sending Christmas cards should be enjoyable and should be a genuine expression of love and care for the people who receive them. Unfortunately, too often the whole thing turns into 1) an obligatory, stressful addition to the already stressful holiday season or 2)... Read More
I don’t know about you, but this being-a-grown-up thing kind of stinks. A quick poll of your friends (and your life!) will show you that life is hard—and it doesn’t look like it’s going to get easier. So while I keep impatiently waiting for the whole “with age comes wisdom thing,” I find it’s more like “With age comes knowing I should know what to say but finding myself tongue-tied.”
A few months ago Pastor Jeske shared ten things not... Read More
The University of Pennsylvania is now offering a course called “Wasting Time on the Internet.” (Check the date; today is not April Fool’s Day. I’m serious.) Apparently the professor was tired of all the negativity surrounding the amount of time people spend online. “I'm very tired of reading articles in the New York Times every week that make us feel bad about spending so much time on the internet, about dividing our attention so many times,” said course professor and... Read More
It’s got to be getting harder for single Christian women to find decent guys these days.
Not that it was ever easy, but our culture seems to glamorize bad boys, and my pastoral experience is that bad boys don’t make particularly great husbands and fathers. They might not be all that much fun to date either, if you want to be treated like a lady.
I heard three stories recently that embarrass me on behalf of males everywhere.
First, excerpts... Read More
Recently I participated in a 31-day challenge to use social media to brag about why I love my husband. As I did this, I realized it’s hard to come up with 31 reasons! (I know that sounds bad, but stick with me!) You see, the ones I started listing such as He puts me second (God is in first) and He is a man of his word and He is faithful were actually too generic. So I started listing more tangible... Read More
CNN’s webpage declared that teens suffer from “like” and “FOMO” anxiety.* I have a teenager, which means her anxiety causes me anxiety, so I figured I should learn more about this. First, because I’m neither cool nor hip, I had to Google FOMO. (I’ll save you the trouble of looking it up: Fear of Missing Out.)
Diana Graber, cofounder of CyberWise.org, commented, “It’s almost like a little competition for the number of likes. I think that’s anxiety-ridden, because you get... Read More