I am often tempted to start sentences with the phrase, "What's wrong with this country is..." and then finish with what I think is wrong with this country. Then I usually want to add how mad I am about it. I'm fed up, I might say. Can we last must longer if we do this? I might add. I may even allude to sacred forefathers sacredly rolling over in their sacred graves. This is because it's pretty … [Read more...] about What’s Wrong With This Country?
Dear Parent, Hello! I’m your child’s new soccer coach for this season. I love soccer and have played for many years on a couple of different continents (ooh, impressive!), mostly many years ago. At present, the two best parts of my game are tripping over the ball and getting hurt. Sometimes, defying the critics, I do both at once. Despite my own limits, I believe I have something to offer … [Read more...] about A Note to The Parents of the Kids On My Soccer Team
Well, this is special. You are, for some strange reason, reading my 1,000th post at this blog. I started blogging many moons ago and now have a garage-full of posts to be half-embarrassed and half-proud of. OK, maybe not half and half. I'll leave it up to you which is more likely, the pride, or embarrassment. I have always struggled between those two things, really. I aim to be neither. I want to … [Read more...] about A Crooked Finger Pointing: My 1,000th Post
My daughter knows I’m thinking about her because, every night, I move the turtle. Let me explain. One night our family watched a documentary about the life of a sea turtle. Afterwards, their little plastic toy turtle (named "Sparky") became a focus of attention for us. We joked about his life and his journey and this led, first to some laughs, then a game. For some reason, we joked about the … [Read more...] about Moving the Turtle
Note: This was originally posted in 2010, but has been polished up a little. A very little. --Sam Advent is upon us once more. For those not familiar with (or frightened by) Advent, it’s not something only Roman Catholics do, but an ancient Christian celebration (begun in 380 AD, I’m told) that is growing in popularity among ordinary evangelicals like me. For some reason, a lot of people ask us … [Read more...] about Advent: Living On Purpose
It’s election season, which is a hunting season where you and I are the game. But we can try to avoid being taken down, strung up, and mounted on a wall. We can try. We’re going to hear things like, “Jesus was a liberal.” He was? Has he changed his mind? Whatever Jesus was, I’m guessing he still is. “Jesus was a conservative?” Really? He was? Have the conservatives heard about the Resurrection? … [Read more...] about Jesus Was a Liberal, or Was He a Conservative?
Our character emerges from our deepest held beliefs --our deepest held religious beliefs. This is true because who or what we worship is at the root of all our moral choices. So, that’s deep, right? Well, how about an easier test? When we are watching a movie and a character does something that’s disappointing, irritating, or wicked, how do we react? We react against him and inwardly distance … [Read more...] about The “That Kind of Guy” Question
Christians from "camps" which many in my history would (improperly, I believe) deem entirely hostile have been serving me over the last few years. I now appreciate some books I would have been ashamed and afraid to have had in my house ten years ago. Thank you, God of Abraham, for expanding your influence over me beyond the borders of my ignorant, ungodly biases. … [Read more...] about I Love You, Irene