Patient in affliction
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Some people get away with a lot for a long time. And year after year, as prayers regarding the situation go unanswered, it’s easy to wonder why. If you are in this situation, you are in good company. Noah built an ark while the partying went on around him. Mordecai loyally supported King Xerxes, even saved him from an assassination, and Haman, not Mordecai, received the king’s council and attention. Remember David, Israel’s hero who defeated her enemies only to... Read More
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I’m a sucker for videos of parents who put their kids in front of a mirror and have them repeat positive affirmations. Every morning those kids hear they are loved, valuable, strong, kind, or whatever else the parents mention.  A friend of mine tells her kids each day, “Learn lots. Have fun. Be strong and courageous. You are a champion!” Now one of her children repeats the mantra to her college roommates. When I was in college, one of the... Read More
Are you grace-based?
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Are you a Ben Shapiro fan or a Ben Shapiro despiser? If you haven’t heard of him, you will. Mr. Shapiro is an outspoken political conservative, but he was also an early voice in the Never Trump movement. He is a Harvard Law grad, former Breitbart News editor, and now edits The Daily Wire. His brilliant mind and sharp social and political commentary make him a high-demand speaker, but he arouses such left-wing loathing and sometimes violent antagonism that a... Read More
Where everybody knows your name
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Were you a fan of the most famous tavern on TV, the Cheers bar in Boston? The show ran from 1982 to 1993 and launched the further acting careers of a number of its alumni, including Ted Danson, Shelley Long, Rhea Perlman, George Wendt, Kelsey Grammer, Bebe Neuwirth, Woody Harrelson, and Kirstie Alley. My favorite part of the show was the opening song about going to a place where everybody knows your name. My hometown, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has a deep... Read More
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On Saturday, around 8:07 A.M., Hawaii residents received an emergency alert on their phones: “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.” From the moment they got the warning, people had decisions to make. One man chose to evacuate his hotel room, grabbing only his wedding ring. Parents put their kids in bathtubs and said prayers. Students at a wrestling meet called their families.  In under 15 minutes, Hawaii Emergency Management Agency tweeted that... Read More
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One of the lessons I continually learn is that consequences are usually not fixed instantaneously. The weight I put on over the course of years comes off pound by pound with better diet choices and regular exercise. The clutter my husband and I have accumulated over 21 years of marriage goes away bag by bag. And when my husband and I cringe over something our children do, I’m reminded it’s our habit to break; no one will parent our children... Read More
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It’s still early in the year, but I bet 2018 has already let you down in some way.  Maybe it’s even flat-out knocked you on your face. Maybe you’ve already suffered great pain, tragedy, or frustration.   It’s a tough blow to face circumstances that make you feel so hopeless, especially when that hopelessness comes right on the heels of one of the most hopeful, optimistic times of the year.  Are you already tired of hoping and fighting for 2018 to... Read More
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This past fall, Christ Church in Alexandria, Virginia, made news when they decided to remove plaques from the front of their church that noted famous parishioners from the past—George Washington and Robert E. Lee.  A statement by Emily Bryan, senior warden of the church, explained why: “The plaques in our sanctuary make some in our presence feel unsafe or unwelcome. Some visitors and guests who worship with us choose not to return because they receive an unintended message from the... Read More
Epiphany myths
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It is the Feast of the Epiphany as I write this. The 12 days of Christmas are over, and I didn’t see a single French hen, turtledove, or partridge, and though I may have idly spotted a pear tree, it’s hard to tell in this tundra time because pear trees are deciduous. In Hispanic culture, they call this day El Día de los Tres Reyes Magos, the Day of the Three Magi Kings, and it’s a big deal. Kids get... Read More
The new year and setting goals
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December has slipped away, and January and new things are upon us. It’s maybe a cliché to make New Year’s resolutions, but it’s a great idea for Christians to seize political rhythms in life, or calendar things, or secular things that coincide with Christian virtues. It was not really a church holiday to celebrate Thanksgiving, for instance, but what a perfect time to stop in your tracks and make a great noise of thanks to the Lord. Mother’s Day was... Read More