The Cleveland Browns won! Finally! After 635 days, this football team celebrated a victory. It’s amazing what one win can do to people who are waiting and waiting and waiting. The streets outside the stadium were packed with celebrating fans, social media went crazy, and the Bud Light beer fridges were opened. A good friend of mine is a lifelong Browns fan whose home was flooded by Hurricane Florence. Her celebratory posts were good news in the middle of all... Read More
This week, in the midst of reading my 17th article about Brett Kavanaugh, the latest nominee to the Supreme Court and the man recently accused of moral transgressions, a passage popped into my mind.
And I needed it.
Maybe it is my lack of political knowledge, but I get dizzy reading my digital paper. What is true? What isn’t? Did he? Didn’t he? Why now? Why not before? Who knew? And what? And when? And will they testify? And when... Read More
Recently, some people in Wisconsin where I live were considering building an ark because the rain felt like it was never going to end. At my house, we received 13 inches of rain in 17 days. Trees fell on cars and homes, farmers couldn’t get into the fields, and people lost so much to flooding. Churches weren’t spared either, and members scrambled to find new locations to hold worship.
To add insult to injury, the mosquitoes (that have usually tapered... Read More
A few weeks ago someone whose actions hurt me deeply a few years back sent me an email. After a few brief interchanges, I was invited to let the person know how I felt.
Granted, I was asked how I felt about a totally different situation, but I managed to craft a response that included not only data and evidence concerning that situation but the situation two years ago when said person wronged me and got away with it.
After... Read More
In my entire life, I have never heard such a deafening sound.
9:00 P.M.-ish. Tuesday night. Family asleep. Up watching Netflix. When . . . CRRRRRRRRRAAAASHHHHHHHH!
Instinctively, I screamed, if for no other reason than my brain didn’t know what else to do. I had no category for that decibel level in my home. A lightning strike?
But then I turned the corner to the kitchen and saw the wreckage.
Our upper cabinets—the ones that held all the plates, all... Read More
I just signed up for Instagram.
To be honest, it’s a new world for me. As a guy approaching 38 years old, I grew up in the days of Classic Nintendo, when you would blow the dust out of a Super Mario Brothers cartridge to make the television quit that dysfunctional buzz. So the latest array of social media platforms, like Instagram, intimidates me a bit.
But then I hear the statistics. Instagram has over 800,000,000 monthly users, 80% of... Read More
Right now things don’t seem to be going well for “the church.” According to Barna Group research, there are plenty of people who love Jesus but don’t love the church.
To be fair, the church hasn’t put its best foot forward. Big scandals make the news. Church leaders resign because of sexual misconduct allegations. It’s discovered that over the past 70 years, 300 priests in Pennsylvania abused more than 1,000 children—and the church covered it up. In some places, financial... Read More
Dan Brown, author of the Da Vinci Code and more recently Origin, is one of the most successful authors of all time. According to Brown’s own admission, he writes to undermine the beliefs of Christianity. His motivation goes back to a conversation with his priest when he was 13 years old.
In an interview with Parade magazine, Brown explained: “I was raised Episcopalian, and I was very religious as a kid. Then, in eighth or ninth grade, I studied astronomy,... Read More
Do you like to watch people? People are fascinating, aren’t they? And you see all sorts of them.
I especially like watching elderly couples. Sometimes you see an elderly husband and wife, and they are just crabby. They barely talk to each other as they sit across the table at a restaurant. And when they do, they seem short with each other and super critical.
That’s not everyone, though.
What I love the most is when you see an elderly... Read More
Thanks a lot, everybody.
Every single I-dropped-my-child-off-at-college-and-now-I’m-a-weepy-mess photo has reminded me that next year it’s my turn.
Now, mainly I’m on Team Excitement! After all, this is such a full-of-energy time of life, and I can’t wait to see what God has planned for my oldest.
I’d be lying, though, if I didn’t fess up to being on Team Panic too. Besides the fact that we will miss her deeply when she leaves; there are still so many things we... Read More