The night lightning struck my house
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In my entire life, I have never heard such a deafening sound. 9:00 P.M.-ish. Tuesday night. Family asleep. Up watching Netflix. When . . . CRRRRRRRRRAAAASHHHHHHHH! Instinctively, I screamed, if for no other reason than my brain didn’t know what else to do. I had no category for that decibel level in my home. A lightning strike? But then I turned the corner to the kitchen and saw the wreckage. Our upper cabinets—the ones that held all the plates, all... Read More
Should a Christian use Instagram?
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I just signed up for Instagram.  To be honest, it’s a new world for me. As a guy approaching 38 years old, I grew up in the days of Classic Nintendo, when you would blow the dust out of a Super Mario Brothers cartridge to make the television quit that dysfunctional buzz. So the latest array of social media platforms, like Instagram, intimidates me a bit. But then I hear the statistics. Instagram has over 800,000,000 monthly users, 80% of... Read More
It’s your job
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Right now things don’t seem to be going well for “the church.” According to Barna Group research, there are plenty of people who love Jesus but don’t love the church.  To be fair, the church hasn’t put its best foot forward. Big scandals make the news. Church leaders resign because of sexual misconduct allegations. It’s discovered that over the past 70 years, 300 priests in Pennsylvania abused more than 1,000 children—and the church covered it up. In some places, financial... Read More
God or science? Wrong question.
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Dan Brown, author of the Da Vinci Code and more recently Origin, is one of the most successful authors of all time. According to Brown’s own admission, he writes to undermine the beliefs of Christianity. His motivation goes back to a conversation with his priest when he was 13 years old.  In an interview with Parade magazine, Brown explained: “I was raised Episcopalian, and I was very religious as a kid. Then, in eighth or ninth grade, I studied astronomy,... Read More
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Do you like to watch people? People are fascinating, aren’t they? And you see all sorts of them. I especially like watching elderly couples. Sometimes you see an elderly husband and wife, and they are just crabby. They barely talk to each other as they sit across the table at a restaurant. And when they do, they seem short with each other and super critical. That’s not everyone, though. What I love the most is when you see an elderly... Read More
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Thanks a lot, everybody.  Every single I-dropped-my-child-off-at-college-and-now-I’m-a-weepy-mess photo has reminded me that next year it’s my turn. Now, mainly I’m on Team Excitement! After all, this is such a full-of-energy time of life, and I can’t wait to see what God has planned for my oldest.  I’d be lying, though, if I didn’t fess up to being on Team Panic too. Besides the fact that we will miss her deeply when she leaves; there are still so many things we... Read More
Go into the deep
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In Luke chapter 5, we read that Jesus was teaching on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. Simon and his companions had fished all night and were on the shore cleaning their nets. As the crowds pressed against Jesus, Jesus went and sat in Simon’s boat. Simon dutifully did as Jesus asked and rowed a ways from land so Jesus could teach the crowd.  When Jesus finished speaking, he told Simon, “Put out into the deeper part, and let... Read More
The Sunday after you sin
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“So, obviously,” she explained, “I couldn’t come to church on Sunday.” A sister in the faith was confessing her Saturday night sin to me over the phone, looking for forgiveness and encouragement. I forgave her in Jesus’ name and encouraged her with God’s Word, but that word stuck in my brain. Obviously.  Obviously she believed that Saturday’s sin disqualified her from Sunday’s service. Obviously she believed that only a hypocrite would dare to sing about loving God after a night... Read More
What matters most
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School is starting, and your teenager is looking for just the right outfit. No matter what she tries on, she hates how she looks. You’ve tried to tell her, “Honey, you look great. Besides, it’s what’s on the inside that counts.”  Her eyes roll like a Las Vegas slot machine. She knows what’s on the inside doesn’t get more Instagram followers. What’s on the inside doesn’t get more points on Snapchat. What’s on the inside doesn’t get a date to... Read More
15 perfect days
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Apparently you only have 15 perfect days a year. That’s the result of a survey of two thousand American adults commissioned by the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council. (Did you even know that council existed? Me neither. And I’m not sure why a blueberry association needed to study that, but, whatever, it gave me a great blog topic.) The fine blueberry folks discovered that the average person wants their perfect day to start at 8:15 A.M. with a forecast of sunny... Read More