“So, what did your parents teach you about sex?” one of my friends asked a mutual friend as we devoured pizza on his back deck. His blank expression answered the question even before he replied, “I only knew what I learned from porn.”
“Pastor, do you agree with everything in that marriage book you gave us?” a newlywed husband asked me. “Hmm . . . what is bothering you?” I responded. “Oral sex,” he quietly mentioned. “That’s wrong to do,... 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
Did you know that Thomas Jefferson cut up his Bible?
He didn’t believe in miracles. So he cut them out.
He didn’t believe in hell. So he cut it out.
He didn’t believe in Jesus’ resurrection. So he cut it out.
Isn’t that horrible? Who would do that to the inspired Word of God?
Every time we ignore a difficult part of Scripture, we’re cutting up our Bibles.
One teaching that we seem to “cut out” is eternal... 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
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