In the past two weeks, I’ve had a couple of people from two different schools say things—either outright or subtly—to let me know we wouldn’t be able to get along simply because of the high school my children attend.* I countered that just because we wear clothing from different teams doesn’t mean we can’t get along. I’m not sure I convinced them.
I’m not hugely competitive, and my personality craves harmony, so these exchanges wore on me. I wanted to... Read More
One of the great benefits of living at this time in history is the wealth of resources and encouragement that believers who lived before us have left behind. Among those treasures are the hymns and songs. Some of the people from the past who loved Jesus also loved to write down Bible truths in eloquent poetry. Those gems set to music still carry the Bible’s comfort, encouragement, and hope to the hearts of people generations later.
I’d like to share... Read More
By now, I hope you’ve seen the video of Brandt Jean hugging Amber Guyger. Actually, I hope you’ve seen it more than once, because it’s stunning.
If you haven’t heard the story, a Dallas police officer was going home after working a double shift. Instead of going to her apartment, she went to the floor above hers and walked in. Seeing a man inside, she shot and killed Botham Jean, a native of St. Lucia who worked as an accountant. ... Read More
If words mean anything, I am technically a televangelist.
Tele = “TV.” Ev = “Good” in Greek. Angel =“Messenger” in Greek. Since I am a messenger of good news (aka Jesus) who shows up on TV, the title fits.
(Which means I can no longer tell my daughters, “No, we cannot buy that! Who do you think Daddy is, a televangelist?” I guess I’ll have to default to that money growing on trees line . . .).
Recently, I read... Read More
Recently a teen got the attention of the world when she tried to wake people up to the issue of climate change. She was harsh in her criticism of people in positions of power who tiptoe around the issue and have made only miniscule steps toward change. She unapologetically declared we don’t have time for small changes. If drastic change doesn’t happen soon, it will be too late.
We tend to assume we’ve got years. We’ll start the diet, quit... Read More
I drove by a strip club today.
Well, a former strip club.
This place of business closed down and went up for sale after an employee was indicted on federal charges of sex trafficking, torture, and money laundering. The evidence and testimonies are powerful.
The news reports about this club, which was located in a rural farming community, shocked neighbors. (To be fair, some members of the community had to have known. After all, the club obviously generated enough revenue... Read More
How many people know you? I mean, really know you? Your spouse or close family members, your best friend, someone you’ve worked closely with for years? Most of us can list off a few people who know us pretty well, but when you walk into a crowd (unless you’re famous), it’s not likely that a whole lot of people will recognize you and know you by name.
Knowing someone’s name is a significant step toward building a relationship. Remembering someone’s... Read More
I met her at the airport. Within a few minutes, the woman told me, “I’ve been at two funerals in the past two months—and both were from suicide.”
A week later, on World Suicide Prevention Day, megachurch pastor and mental health advocate Jarrid Wilson performed a funeral for a member of his church who died by suicide. Hours later, he was dead—by suicide.
You don’t have to look far—whether in your personal life or on the news—to hear about suicide... Read More
That is my question.
Many of you already wear an activity tracker device. You have an Apple Watch, Fitbit, or a Garmin running watch. And I’m considering joining you.
I like to set goals.
I like to work out.
I like to record my progress.
So a Fitbit seems like an obvious purchase.
But I’m apprehensive about taking this step. It’s not just the cost or the hassle of checking and charging another device. I’m apprehensive because I don’t think... Read More
Perhaps you’re familiar with the saying “forgive and forget.” This concept takes its cue from God’s Word in Jeremiah 31:34: “I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” God chooses to forget the sins of the people he loves. And we would do well to do the same. Marriages are happiest when we forgive our spouses and forget the offenses. The relationship between parent and child doesn’t work well when keeping score. But that doesn’t mean we... Read More