After the school shooting in Florida last Wednesday, a number of debates have reemerged about guns, mental health, parental responsibility, government, prayer, teachers, sin, evil—and all the other topics related to this horrific event.
I have watched my friends debate some of these issues on Facebook and had multiple conversations with the people too. Everyone agrees that seeing teenagers murdered in their school is tragic, but not everyone agrees on how to help address these issues.
You know what else... Read More
Recently my daughter fell ill. A virus struck hard and fast. Influenza headlines flooded my mind. Google was no solace. Thirty children had died, and the predictions called for more, many more, before the influenza season comes to an end.
After Jesus finished feeding the five thousand, he sent his disciples across the lake on a boat while he went up a mountain to pray. For those experienced fishermen, I suppose it wouldn’t have been such a big deal to... 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
Let’s be honest. As people stand in front of church promising to love, honor, and cherish until death parts them, we know it doesn’t always work out that way. The reality is that divorce will continue to happen until Jesus returns because this world is hard and broken and messy.
Often, the church—and by “church” I mean the members who worship there—don’t know how to act when a marriage ends. A funeral? Well, we offer meals and send flowers and... Read More
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
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
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
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
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
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