At the time you read this, my daughter will be married. The thoughtful planning and time and energy to make it a very special wedding day will be complete, and she and her husband will be on a wonderful journey of the discovery in marriage; the companionship, self-sacrifice, serving, caring, … [Read more...] about The First Christmas Marriage
There are plenty of times when it seems that it would be better or easier to tell a “little white lie” than to speak the truth. When that thought enters our minds, it is a good idea to stop and ask ourselves whether we really want to go down the path of deception. We may realize that, while not … [Read more...] about Avoid the Tangled Web
I have often thought that “Random Acts of Kindness” are a really wonderful thing. You know, doing something kind to someone you may not know that is unexpected and unanticipated. These acts give the sense that maybe the world is not such a bad place as we see it in the news every day and that there … [Read more...] about Outreach with a Purpose
There is an important difference between an object which is loved because it is worth something, and an object which is worth something because it is loved. Rev. Ian Pitt-Watson said he learned that distinction when he and his family moved from Scotland to California. The most traumatic part of the … [Read more...] about Worth Something Because of Love
It struck me the other day after I finished up a meeting at Caribou Coffee when a man, sitting at another table, came up to me simply to ask about my notebook computer. He obviously came over for a reason more than just my computer. “What was his interest?” I thought. After a few more questions, I … [Read more...] about Listening Evangelism
During the past few weeks, massive relief efforts have been underway, intent on helping hurricane victims in Texas and Florida. Paul Singer, the Washington correspondent for U.S.A. Today, recently informed his readers, “If you donate bottles of water, diapers, clothing, or any other materials to … [Read more...] about Faith Brings Relief
Almost all Americans agree that “hate groups” are not a good thing. The racist attitudes and promotion of violence which characterize the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis, and other “white supremacists” are rightly denounced across the political spectrum. Controversy has developed, however, over attempts to … [Read more...] about Does the “Hate” Label Fit?
One of the reasons I love C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia is because of passages such as the following, which are full of simple, but profound insight into the truth. “People who have not been in Narnia sometimes think that a thing cannot be good and terrible at the same time. If the … [Read more...] about Not Safe, but Good