Protestants are taking special note of October 31, 2017, for that date marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s posting of his famous “95 Theses.” Although written in Latin and intended for scholarly debate within the university environment, the statements’ powerful challenges caught someone’s attention immediately, were translated into German, and were typeset quickly for publication. Copies began circulating. When Luther delivered a series of sermons denouncing the effects of the sale of indulgences and when they too were printed... Read More
As a military family, we have been members at a couple of churches and visited even more. We’ve held worship in our home. We’ve worshiped in large congregations. We’ve worshiped in small churches. Because we were always meeting new people and looking for a new church to call our own, I often asked people, “Where do you go to church?” And new people to my community often asked me too.
Now, I know that as a writer I’m pickier about... Read More
The stories of assault, abuse, and rape perpetuated by media giant Harvey Weinstein are piling up. The long list of women—from famous names to ones I’ve never heard of—who are speaking up is eye-opening and upsetting. For some, the harassment happened years ago. It’s not that these women didn’t want to tell, but allegedly Weinstein had surrounded himself with enablers—from the people who placed the women in vulnerable situations to lawyers who would threaten to ruin whistle-blowers financially. His power... Read More
Fire is tormenting northern California right now. The fire season can’t end soon enough for weary state firefighting crews. The lengthy drought that has been afflicting the state has left forests and ground growth tinder-dry. Steady “people encroachment” in forested areas has put a lot of homes and businesses in harm’s way of these annual fires.
The fires just pop up all over the place. Some are human originated, through carelessness or arson. Some occur via lightning strikes. There have... Read More
Every business has its jargon. Insiders use it to save time, demonstrate competence, and feel superior to outsiders and newbies. Medical professionals sling around terms like subdural hematoma, reflux nephropathy, and myocardial infarction. How can you not feel more powerful as you note the blank and uncomprehending looks on the faces of the patient and family? Financial service professionals talk knowingly about endowment contracts, embedded value, fiduciary rules, ERISA, LIMRA, FINRA, BCAR, ETFs, and REITs. Have you ever felt really... Read More
I probably don’t have to tell you that Chip and Joanna Gaines recently announced that season 5 of Fixer Upper will be their last. Tons of my friends are talking about it.
People are bummed, and I get it. No one likes it when one of their favorite shows ends.
I’m not sad, though, for two reasons:
1. I LOVE design shows, but I struggle watching them and not feeling discontent with my own home.
I adore Chip and Joanna.... Read More
You should study your Bible.
You should exercise.
You should go to church.
You should donate money to a charity.
You should go out with your friends.
You should volunteer more.
You should pray with your spouse.
You should join this committee.
You should spend more time with the kids.
Should. Should. Should.
I feel like I should myself to death.
Does should bother you too?
Should makes me wonder how I can possibly add one more thing to my... Read More
I asked a Bible study group one time if God always got everything he wanted. They all nodded. He’s omnipotent, after all. He can do anything. I asked if God was ever sad. They all shook their heads. He reigns supreme on his emerald-encircled throne, gazing imperturbably over the sea of glass, clear as crystal. Thunder rumbles and lightning flashes as he commands the angelic host to execute every detail of his every wish. Nothing could ever bother or disturb... Read More
How can you contemplate the Las Vegas shootings without immense heaviness of heart?
How can you wrap your mind around five dozen funerals this week? around the almost five hundred who were wounded, some of whom may still not make it? around the presence of such naked evil? This must be close to what Satan himself is like—utter contempt for the lives and families of others . . . imagining that shooting down unarmed people somehow is a remarkable feat .... Read More
If the stats are accurate, you’re probably stressed.
The Statistic Brain Research Institute and American Institute of Stress conducted a study in May that found that 77% of Americans “regularly experience physical symptoms caused by stress” and 73% “regularly experience psychological symptoms.” On top of that, one third of people report living with extreme stress, and almost half of us say our stress has increased in the past five years.
So what do we do about this? Let’s start by... Read More