When Lent Loses its Impact – What Then?

“I’m giving up Facebook for Lent” profile photos popped up last week. A girlfriend changed hers and asked not to contact her this way, “Please use some other method– not Facebook or Messenger.” Another said, “I’m doing it again this … Continue reading

The Empty Chairs

In this week after Thanksgiving we’re still aglow with positive posts and tweets of family meals and gatherings. Long tables decorated to make Martha Stewart envious; pies perfect enough to tempt Paula Deen ask for the recipe; and over-achievers getting … Continue reading

Know Who’s in Your Cloud? Time to Learn Some Names

The writer of Hebrews beat Apple to the cloud concept by a few millennia. More than a binary data storage bank for easy access, the cloud in Hebrews 12:1 is composed of the faithful who’ve successfully completed the project. Their … Continue reading

How Comfortable Are You With Questions?

“There wasn’t space to ask questions or express doubts in my high school youth group, so I pulled away from the church,” said the young mom now married to an evangelical pastor. “I wasn’t content being spoon fed verses from … Continue reading

Why Doom and Gloom are Not the Way to Go

There will be ripples from the recent SCOTUS decision to permit same-sex marriage nationwide, but how far they will extend remains to be seen. Fear-mongers paint doom and gloom scenarios, and slippery slope skiers are lined up for a fast … Continue reading

All I Needed to Know I Learned in First Grade

Published in 1988, the book All I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten made a splash. American pastor Robert Fulghum compiled 50 short essays originally written to friends and family about essential lessons he learned early that adults would … Continue reading

The Real Afterlife Tourist

CT recently reported on the decision by LifeWay Christian Resources to pull “heaven tourism” books from the store shelves. Included in the spring cleaning are mega-selling titles 90 Minutes in Heaven and Heaven is For Real. A decision made easier … Continue reading

Found Yourself Saying, “But I Did All the Right Things”?

The recipe promised a quick and easy quiche dinner with no need to roll out a crust, instead the ingredients would separate during baking. A lovely crust would form on the bottom while the bacon, eggs and cheese gently browned … Continue reading

An Average Blog Post

The first point of ten under the Stress Test Conclusions heading was, “Exercise capacity was good and average.”  Point ten concluded, “Findings consistent with … average conditioning… Exercise capacity was average.” There it was, three times in half a page, … Continue reading

Firecrackers and Epiphany

Firecrackers pop, pop, popped. Young men on horseback rode down the street in groups of three whooping and shouting. A festive mood hung over the small Puerto Rican town our taxi driver drove through en route to the airport. It … Continue reading