You make countless decisions each day. What to wear. What to eat. How to spend your time. Some decisions are more critical than others. In fact, there seems to be one decision that affects almost every other decision that you make.
The most important decision you’ll make is your community, the people with whom you spend your time.
The biblical author Paul puts it negatively: “Bad company corrupts good character” (1 Corinthians 15:33). If you hang out with the wrong... Read More
Aside from the obvious ones like raindrops on roses and warm woolen mittens, I have another favorite thing: a good old-fashioned church potluck. People from all different walks of life come together for food and fellowship, and everyone brings their best specialty dish for the meal. Perhaps a secret family recipe for spicy meatballs or cheesy potatoes. And don’t forget to save room on your plate for something from the dessert table . . . And there’s always room for... Read More
If you’ve read the gospels, you’ve come across the lists of the 12 disciples. Peter is spoken of the most, then John. James gets mentioned because he was in Jesus’ inner circle with Peter and John, but not because of anything he said or did. Judas’ betrayal gained him infamy; Thomas’ skepticism means he is well known. Philip and Andrew had a few brief interactions. Not one word Matthew said was recorded, though he wrote an entire gospel. The rest... Read More
Recently, I posted a picture on Instagram that got as many comments as my previous 19 pictures combined. What caused the stir? My tattoo.
While some loved the design and meaning behind my ink (which you can read about in the post itself ), others were confused, especially given the fact that the Bible seems to forbid getting a tattoo so clearly. The reaction was expressed so often that I felt it important to reply.
Here’s a portion of what I... Read More
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