What Eminem taught me about Jesus
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No one taught me more about Jesus this week than Eminem. Do you know him? For nearly 20 years, Eminem has been rapping about any and everything controversial. His critics call him misogynistic, homophobic, and dangerous. But, despite his flaws, Eminem reminds me of what I adore about Jesus. A few years back, Eminem released a song called “Rap God,” a display of the superhuman rapping speed. The song currently has over 642 million views on YouTube. The success of... Read More
Cohabiting boomers
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Nobody who pays the slightest attention to our society should be surprised that the number of men and women who choose to move in with each other and not get married has been on a steady increase for many decades. Songs like Joni Mitchell’s “My Old Man” were the soundtrack for boomers who wanted to be free, including free from the traditional societal stigma over “shacking up.” In her words, she and her old man had no need of a... Read More
Death cleaning
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Have you ever heard of Margareta Magnusson? Probably not. But she is attracting a fair amount of attention right now because of the publication of a new book: The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning. She admits to being north of 80, and so presumably the prospect of her passing from this earth is a little more on her mind these days. The Swedes even have a name for this phenomenon—they call it döstädning. The idea is that you do... Read More
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Last week Larry Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison for sexually abusing more than 150 girls and women while he was the USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University doctor. When Aly Raisman, an Olympic gold medalist, took her turn to speak up, she said, “It’s your turn to listen to me.” Then she went on, “If over these many years just one adult listened and had the courage and character to act, this tragedy could have... Read More
Patient in affliction
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Some people get away with a lot for a long time. And year after year, as prayers regarding the situation go unanswered, it’s easy to wonder why. If you are in this situation, you are in good company. Noah built an ark while the partying went on around him. Mordecai loyally supported King Xerxes, even saved him from an assassination, and Haman, not Mordecai, received the king’s council and attention. Remember David, Israel’s hero who defeated her enemies only to... Read More
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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
Are you grace-based?
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Are you a Ben Shapiro fan or a Ben Shapiro despiser? If you haven’t heard of him, you will. Mr. Shapiro is an outspoken political conservative, but he was also an early voice in the Never Trump movement. He is a Harvard Law grad, former Breitbart News editor, and now edits The Daily Wire. His brilliant mind and sharp social and political commentary make him a high-demand speaker, but he arouses such left-wing loathing and sometimes violent antagonism that a... Read More
Where everybody knows your name
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Were you a fan of the most famous tavern on TV, the Cheers bar in Boston? The show ran from 1982 to 1993 and launched the further acting careers of a number of its alumni, including Ted Danson, Shelley Long, Rhea Perlman, George Wendt, Kelsey Grammer, Bebe Neuwirth, Woody Harrelson, and Kirstie Alley. My favorite part of the show was the opening song about going to a place where everybody knows your name. My hometown, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has a deep... Read More
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On Saturday, around 8:07 A.M., Hawaii residents received an emergency alert on their phones: “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.” From the moment they got the warning, people had decisions to make. One man chose to evacuate his hotel room, grabbing only his wedding ring. Parents put their kids in bathtubs and said prayers. Students at a wrestling meet called their families.  In under 15 minutes, Hawaii Emergency Management Agency tweeted that... Read More
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One of the lessons I continually learn is that consequences are usually not fixed instantaneously. The weight I put on over the course of years comes off pound by pound with better diet choices and regular exercise. The clutter my husband and I have accumulated over 21 years of marriage goes away bag by bag. And when my husband and I cringe over something our children do, I’m reminded it’s our habit to break; no one will parent our children... Read More