The shopping mall is a dangerous place. You know that, right? And I'm not just talking about the potential thief in the parking lot or the danger of having someone steal your credit card information. I'm talking about something much worse. I'm talking about danger for our souls.
I think you'd be hard-pressed to find a word in the English language that is more overused and a concept that is more underused than "love."
Those of us who consider ourselves conservatives need to understand that conservatism to the Republican hierarchy is defined differently than we define it. And those who consider themselves Republicans because they still believe the party represents what it did at its inception or what it did under President Reagan must understand that's no longer the case.
What are you standing on?
When's the last time you've felt excited about giving an offering at church - I mean really excited? If you've been reading this column for the past month, you might remember that when I was in Nigeria, I wrote about how excited the Nigerians got about "offering time!" with the dancing and music accompanying the bringing of their gifts, spending at least an hour of their service giving their monetary offerings.
I wonder if our intrepid public servants at the Gold Dome understand how arrogant and out-of-touch they look to We the Unwashed - or if they even care.
Have you ever been confused by the Bible? Ever been scared by something you've seen or read there? At the beginning of the year here as we think about improving our lives and getting into and staying in good habits (hopefully they've lasted more than three weeks), I pray that many of you have committed to read more of your Bible this year. But as you do, are there things that confuse ...
Health care reform or rather an alleged repeal of health care reform is in the news.
The beginning of January always carries with it certain rituals for me. I clean out my files, both paper and electronic, and replace the batteries in the smoke detectors. I review my insurance policies and start preparing my annual report to the IRS.
If you remember the story of the wise men from Matthew 2, you probably remember that they did something that might strike you as a little odd. They brought stupendously valuable gifts to a baby, gold and incense and myrrh. And these three kings, these powerful, influential, important men, bowed to a child.
I have two granddaughters, Maia and Audrey, who light up my life. I treasure their sweet smiles and big hugs.
While on a mission trip to Honduras, I visited a gift shop that featured handmade items from the local community. I wanted to support the economy of that village, still struggling to pull itself out of the mire left behind by Hurricane Mitch. Some rustic earthenware might be a nice addition to my ceramic collection, I thought. But there among the pots was an ornate wooden cross, obviously handmade out of native wood ...
Happy Epiphany! I know that greeting isn't as popular as "Merry Christmas" or "Happy New Year," but it is a big day. Immediately following the 12 days of Christmas, Epiphany is a day (Jan. 6) when the church celebrates the fact that God has shown us his love. He's revealed (that's what the word "Epiphany" means) to us who he is and what he's done for us. So Epiphany is ...
I learned recently that Tanzania is proceeding to cut a highway through the Serengeti National Park, endangering one of the last pristine wildlife refuges in the world. Add this to other worrisome topics, like the economy, the Wiki-leaks fiasco, or Ted Turner's opinion that we should adopt the Chinese policy of one child per family, and the list of world woes can seem impressive.
Wives, do you wish your husbands were better communicators? Guys, do you wish your wives didn't read things into what you say that were never there? You know what I'm talking about:
As you listen to Christmas music on the radio, you may notice two songs that get played more often than others.
It was just a pack of three dishcloths, a small and simple purchase. At home, I tore off the label holding them together and learned that my miniscule purchase would help support the Giving World Foundation. I Googled the name and found the website for Giving World, of Williston, Vt. Its motto is "Helping People to Help Themselves," further explained as helping the disadvantaged become self-reliant with an emphasis on programs to aid ...
What if George Washington had lost? Would you still know his name, or would Benedict Arnold be the guy that all the third grade history projects are on?
Do you remember your first Led Zepplin album? Their first album had a song on it, "Your Time is Gonna Come," that had the line: "Lying, cheating, hurting, that's all you seem to do." I thought of that line when Wikileaks released the "cablegate" documents. The stash of diplomatic cables shows the United States or rather its diplomats, have been lying, cheating and hurting for at least the last 40-plus years. ...
Everyone knows that there's no surer way to make friends than going around telling people they are wrong, right? OK, I know you're wiser than that: People hate to hear that they are wrong. They fire back with insults, accusations, rationale and everything else to avoid the dagger of those words. We don't like to hear that we are wrong, but that's the message John the Baptist was screaming in our section of ...