Did you spend a lot of time watching the Winter Olympics? NBC won the broadcast rights this year, and snow/ice sports programming was pretty much wall-to-wall on the network for the last couple of weeks. People love the stories of human drama and emotion; everybody cheers underdogs like the bobsled teams from tropical countries; and it’s a chance for little countries like Norway (39 total medals!) to dominate the big ones. Sports are like life—some days you fly down the... Read More
There is no doubt that our parents have the greatest impact on how we turn out as human beings. How could it be any different? They spend the most time with us in our formative years. They are God’s personal gifts to us, his agents of development, to guide us to be the people he wants us to be. But next to them, who has had the most profound influence on your life? Who are your life mentors?
The most... Read More
We learned this morning that Rev. Billy Graham died at the age of 99.
Billy Graham was recognized as one of the most well-known Christian evangelists in modern history. He was known as “America’s Pastor” and served as an advisor to U.S. presidents since the 1950s. He preached to hundreds of millions of people in the U.S. and around the world. His desire was to tell people about Jesus as the Savior of the world.
In his 1997 autobiography, Just... Read More
After the school shooting in Florida last Wednesday, a number of debates have reemerged about guns, mental health, parental responsibility, government, prayer, teachers, sin, evil—and all the other topics related to this horrific event.
I have watched my friends debate some of these issues on Facebook and had multiple conversations with the people too. Everyone agrees that seeing teenagers murdered in their school is tragic, but not everyone agrees on how to help address these issues.
You know what else... Read More
Recently my daughter fell ill. A virus struck hard and fast. Influenza headlines flooded my mind. Google was no solace. Thirty children had died, and the predictions called for more, many more, before the influenza season comes to an end.
After Jesus finished feeding the five thousand, he sent his disciples across the lake on a boat while he went up a mountain to pray. For those experienced fishermen, I suppose it wouldn’t have been such a big deal to... Read More
It takes a lot of courage to say this, but sometimes (a lot of the time?!) I question God and his timing. I bet you do too, right? Maybe you, however—unlike me—aren’t dumb enough to say (or write) it out loud.
However, our thoughts are betrayed by our questions that insinuate that God hasn’t acted quickly enough for us . . . “Why am I not in heaven yet?” “Why am I still single?” “Why can’t we get a diagnosis?”... Read More
Let’s be honest. As people stand in front of church promising to love, honor, and cherish until death parts them, we know it doesn’t always work out that way. The reality is that divorce will continue to happen until Jesus returns because this world is hard and broken and messy.
Often, the church—and by “church” I mean the members who worship there—don’t know how to act when a marriage ends. A funeral? Well, we offer meals and send flowers and... Read More
No one taught me more about Jesus this week than Eminem. Do you know him? For nearly 20 years, Eminem has been rapping about any and everything controversial. His critics call him misogynistic, homophobic, and dangerous.
But, despite his flaws, Eminem reminds me of what I adore about Jesus.
A few years back, Eminem released a song called “Rap God,” a display of the superhuman rapping speed. The song currently has over 642 million views on YouTube. The success of... Read More
Nobody who pays the slightest attention to our society should be surprised that the number of men and women who choose to move in with each other and not get married has been on a steady increase for many decades. Songs like Joni Mitchell’s “My Old Man” were the soundtrack for boomers who wanted to be free, including free from the traditional societal stigma over “shacking up.” In her words, she and her old man had no need of a... Read More
Have you ever heard of Margareta Magnusson? Probably not. But she is attracting a fair amount of attention right now because of the publication of a new book: The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning. She admits to being north of 80, and so presumably the prospect of her passing from this earth is a little more on her mind these days. The Swedes even have a name for this phenomenon—they call it döstädning. The idea is that you do... Read More