At age 15, Frank Abagnale started his six-year stint as a con man. (The movie Catch Me if You Can is based on his life story.) When he was 16, he posed as a pilot, passed the bar exam, masqueraded as a doctor, and became a master at forging checks and embezzling. After being caught at age 21, he spent six years in prison. He was paroled with the condition that he would turn his life around, using his powers... Read More
The Bible over and over uses farm imagery to teach believers how to think about their lives, how God designed things to work, how to make big decisions. This not only made sense to Scripture’s original readers, the majority of whom worked in agriculture-related jobs, but it still resonates today because there’s no cheating and there are no shortcuts in farming.
If a farmer plants corn, corn there will be. He shouldn’t expect a wheat crop. If he’s too lazy... Read More
Socrates said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” Like other philosophers in the single-digit centuries, he asked a big question: What gives life meaning? He answered with ideas that became basic material for the philosophical building blocks of Western civilization. Such as, because we are people and not animals, vegetables, or rocks, we can take a long, hard look at ourselves. We can live an examined life.
The examined life is the cornerstone of the Christian life. Embracing our... Read More
February is the month of love. How is that going for you? Are you more loving in your interactions? Have your feelings for your spouse, children, parents, and friends increased and resulted in renewed expressions of love?
If we’re honest, most of us are operating like cell phones on low battery mode. The busyness of life and the hassles and heartaches drain us till we feel, well, nothing.
Our cell phones give us a warning. A box appears to let... Read More
Parents really love it when their 20-something kids start settling down with a steady boyfriend or girlfriend, and they really get excited when there is engagement news. Pre-grandparents get all giggly when they envision holding a baby in their arms again.
Those feelings are understandable and natural. But parents (and grandparents) need to be careful about marriage pressure. It’s okay to want to set up your granddaughter with your friend’s handsome grandson. But accept and respect the fact that singleness... Read More