It was Christmas night. Our 18-month-old daughter hadn’t taken a nap, and she was exhausted. But not the exhausted-so-she’ll-sleep kind of tired. More like the exhausted-so-she’s-bouncing-off-the-walls kind of tired.
It happened in the blink of an eye. Our kiddo climbed on an end table, fell off, and landed on the base of an upright lamp with her arm tucked under her. Off we went to the ER. An X-ray confirmed our suspicions. Our toddler had a broken arm.
Thankfully we... Read More
One day Jesus asked his disciples who people thought he was. They responded that most people assumed Jesus was a prophet of some sort. Then Jesus asked them point blank: “But what about you? . . . Who do you say I am?” (Matthew 16:15).
Whether we realize it or not, every day we answer that question in the way we live.
When trouble and hardship come our way, who is Jesus? If we fret and despair, then we are... Read More
At the beginning of summer, our three teens spent a week with some friends in California.
After the kids got home, our friend left a voice mail for my husband. While he talked about how much fun the week was, he ended the message with this: “It’s fun to see them grow up, and I’m just so proud of them.”
Oh, man, our hearts were full. After a week of missing them and thinking, “Boy, I hope they behave and... Read More
The Bible can be bad for you.
Will I get in trouble for saying that? Because I mean it. It might be safer for your soul to read 50 Shades than the four gospels. Because bad things can happen when you pick up the Good Book.
Why do I say that? Because too often we treat the Bible like breakfast. At breakfast, you can wolf down your eggs and toast like Joey Chestnut at Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest (YouTube... Read More
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