WOMEN IN MINISTRY, VOLUME ONE

The Tragic Nature of the Exodus of Beth Moore

Most Southern Baptists have heard by now that Beth Moore has officially left the denomination. Some, including Ed Stetzer, a Southern Baptist pastor and executive director of the Wheaton College Billy Graham Center, and J.D. Greear, current Southern Baptist Convention President, have called on denominational leaders to have some hard conversations and do some serious […]

Women Preachers

THE CLEANSING OF DR. SEUSS

A Christian Perspective on the Stereotype

Reading has been an acquired taste for me. It wasn’t until graduate work in theology that the reading bug hit me. Books are now a daily part of my life and the people who write them are some of my best friends. That’s why recent events in my beloved book world have me thinking deeply […]

Dr. Seuss and Censorship

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 […]

snowmageddon

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