SNOWMAGEDDON 2021

Reflections from a Frozen Texas Tundra

Another crazy Texas weather crisis is in the history books. It is no laughing matter. Hurricanes and tornados we can manage, but Texans in sub-zero weather are about as clueless as penguins in Palm Beach. We’re not equipped. There is only one invincible arrow in our quiver: the indomitable spirit of gratitude.   Snowmageddon Gratitude […]

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ASH WEDNESDAY

The Journey to Resurrection

Today is Ash Wednesday. For many Christians, it is a day of prayer and fasting and the beginning of the journey to Easter. Before the joy of the resurrection, comes the realization of the human condition and the painful reminder that our sins made the crucifixion necessary.  What does Ash Wednesday mean for you?   […]

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IT’S A MAD, MAD WORLD

Five Things Happy People Learn from Jesus

There is a certain amount of anger, anxiety, and angst in our nation today. The news networks, rife with conflict, discord, and disdain, may only be a reflection of us. The Jerry Springer Show, now in its 28th season, has proven that we all love to see a good train wreck. We seem to enjoy […]

It's a mad, mad world

LIFE IN REALITY TELEVISION

Jesus and Living in Three Dimensions

Watching the news has become too much like watching reality television — a lot of drama with little substance — out of balance. I don’t like reality television. The problem with this is that watching can be addictive. Too much of anything can destroy your spirit. What does Jesus teach us about the value of […]

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THE DANGEROUS BIBLE

Three Ways We Try to Tame the Bible

One of three “Slave Bibles” known to exist is on display at the Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC. The “Slave Bible” was given to European missionaries working with African slaves in the Americas. Slave owners wanted their slaves to become Christians but also wanted them to remain compliant. Printed in London in 1807, […]

The Dangerous Bible

INAUGURATION DAY 2021

Jesus, MLK, and How to Pray for Our Nation

My mom was involved in politics from an early age, a legacy handed down by her father. Some of my earliest memories are of her campaigning for Nixon. She fought hard for Ford but greatly admired Carter (and does to this day). Needless to say, Inauguration Day was always special in our house … no […]

Inauguration Day

STRENGTH IN A CRISIS

A Way Forward When Things Go Wrong

Our country is in crisis. Trust is at an all-time low. Violence is increasingly a normative form of expression. And the institutions and values that have traditionally held us together lie largely abandoned on the side of the American road. What can Jesus teach us about navigating a crisis?   Strength in the Crisis Jesus […]

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GOING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS

What We Learn About Family at Christmas

This will be a difficult Christmas for many who are separated from family by a tiny virus. The celebration of Jesus’ birth is something that usually draws families together. It may be the nostalgia of childhood Christmases or the smells of home cooking; whatever it is, thousands will hit pause on work and school and […]

Family Christmas

THE SPIRIT OF GENEROSITY

What Christmas Teaches Us About Generosity

I’ve almost completed my Christmas shopping two weeks before the big day. That’s a record. I credit the anxious push of the pandemic and my new Amazon Prime membership. Buying gifts has never been easier. Generosity has never been more accessible … and without excuse. What does the Christmas story teach us about generosity?   […]

Christmas Generosity

LESSONS ON HEALING

Listening to Veterans on Healing

We are a nation ripped apart by a contentious election that has affirmed a polarizing national divide. The election results in litigation and the pandemic raging, many are hurting. Today is Veteran’s Day. What can we learn from Jesus and our Veterans about finding healing?   Veteran’s Stories of Healing   Three Stories from the […]

Veteran's Day