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 […]

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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?   […]

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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 […]

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COVID-19 AND SUICIDE

A Christian Response to Suicide

Covid-19 is not the only deadly disease plaguing us in 2020. The social distancing, financial bankruptcy, and loss of community associated with Covid-19 have propelled mental health issues in general, and suicide in particular, to the forefront of the national struggle. September is Suicide Awareness and Prevention Month. What did Jesus have to say about […]

Covid-19 and Suicide

MY INVISIBLE, FOREIGN HEROES

A Tribute to the Immigrants Who are Dying For Me

The year 2020 will go down in history as one of our nation’s most difficult. We’ve dealt with pandemics, economic recessions, angry civil discourse, and racial tension in the past. We’ve never had to deal with all of them in a single year. There are some who are suffering more than others. We should acknowledge […]

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NAVIGATING THE NEW NORMAL

Smart is Always Better Than Afraid

The Covid-19 global pandemic will most likely be a seminal event. When we return to normal it will be a new normal. How do we surf the turbulent waters of a seminal event? How do we live smart so that we don’t have to be afraid?   The Seminal Event My Grandfather’s generation was shaped […]

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A BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVE ON THE CHAOS

5 Reminders for Those Who are Tired, Stressed, and Anxious

Things are getting crazy. Every issue is getting dogpiled by anyone with a computer and an opinion. The democratization of media and publishing has brought an avalanche of dime-store “experts” offering their (often flawed and simplistic) perspectives. It’s enough to drive a person crazy. Here are five gentle biblical reminders for those suffering from Facebook […]

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COVID-19 SHELTERING STRESS

12 Coping Skills Jesus Practiced for Stress

Do you ever feel like you’re drowning? In March, 40% of Americans reported that they were scared of getting the virus. In June, that number had risen to 60% (Covid-19 Tracker). Not surprisingly, those with pre-existing mental health issues are reporting even higher rates of fear and anxiety. Sheltering could wipe out a significant portion […]

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The Tragic Loss of the Art of Listening

Six Ways Jesus Modeled the Spiritual Practice of Listening

Technology has effectively democratized publishing and mass communications. Anyone with a computer can publish their message to millions. Unfortunately, the technological gold rush didn’t come with a manual or a course on ethics. Our digital conversations seem to have one volume: Loud. Who is listening? With so many shouting to be heard, we are in […]

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