Recently a young woman told me, “I’m really concerned about the environment. I keep on hearing that all my purchases are changing the climate. And I know Christians who don’t seem to care at all about the earth. Why aren’t we doing more to save the planet?”
I responded, “You’re right. Many Christians treat this world as if it is the Titanic, and our only goal is to get people on the life raft before it goes down. That’s not... Read More
With the suicides of both Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, suicide is again at the top of our national conversation—and for good reason. Last week the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a report showing suicide rates in the US rose across the country from 1999 to 2016, with 25 states having an increase of at least 30 percent.
This bad news is made worse because data also shows that after high profile suicides, the suicide rate temporarily increases... Read More
When is the last time sins of your past kept you up at night or haunted your waking hours of the day?
Recently I heard this anecdote about the reformer Martin Luther. The account written after Luther’s death explained that the devil (it wasn’t clear if it happened in a dream or bodily form) brought to Luther a long list of sins Luther had committed. Upon presenting it to Luther, Luther corrected the devil’s list by adding several sins and... Read More
My kids have been known to make summer bucket lists, writing down every single fun thing they’d like to cram into the weeks that they have off of school. I am all for writing down things so that we are intentional. After all, without that list, I would be tempted to just hang out at home and not drive anyone anywhere.
I like the bucket list idea. However, instead of things to do, I came up with ways that I... Read More
My friend is a new Christian. And she smiles during Communion.
While everyone else averts their eyes and stares ahead like I’m a drill sergeant searching for my next push-ups-til-you-puke victim, my friend locks eyes with me and smiles.
Because she believes what I taught her.
I’m not sure what you believe about Communion, but I want to suggest that Communion is a smiling sacrament. Here are three reasons why:
This is forgiveness—Jesus said, “This cup is the new covenant... Read More
On a Saturday morning just a little more than a month ago, I was getting ready to speak at a women’s conference with fellow Time of Grace writer Linda Buxa. A week earlier my hair stylist cut several inches off my hair. A lot of people tout short hair as easier, but that morning the minutes ticked by and combing, primping, and praying left me no closer to being presenter ready.
Thank you, Jesus. I finally realized I needed to... Read More
What if everyone reading this post invited a friend to church next week? A thousand people might read this post. Do you think a thousand more people will be in a church next week?
Well, what about 50%? If we all invited one person, would 500 more people be in church next week?
If every single one of us invited one person to church next week, I bet only about 50 more people would be in... Read More
As a child, I was taught that when you pray you close your eyes and bow your head. Well, obviously that makes sense—because a kiddo with eyes open and hands available to touch and grab and reach is easily distracted. As an adult, I still default to that prayer posture.
Last week, though, I was talking with a friend in front of her home and, before we said goodbye, we stood on the steps, held hands, and asked God for... Read More
I hope pastors can say the word poop. Because our hamster poops. A lot.
Last Christmas, the girls and I twisted my bride’s arm and convinced her to let us buy a hamster. Nibbles became our first family pet, and my daughters couldn’t be happier.
Most Saturday nights, we put Nibbles in her plastic ball to explore the basement/avoid early onset hamster diabetes. But, as the children’s book claims, everybody poops. Even hamsters. Even in their exercise balls.
And no... Read More
My mom once told me she thinks parenting today is harder than when I was a child.
I want to agree, but then I realize every generation since the beginning of time has struggled with youth.
Adam and Eve had plenty of regrets about Cain.
Jacob’s teenagers and young adults SOLD another one of his kids. (Um, my kids may have talked about that but never followed through!)
Eli was a priest who lived at the temple (kind of like... Read More