These days, I hear a lot of terrified people speaking in rather alarmist tones about how worried they are about who will be elected our next president. On both sides of the political spectrum. Recently, I heard a pastor on the radio urging people to pray for our nation right now "as we choose our … [Read More...]
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Mine was. (He still is sometimes, unfortunately.) He was always teetering on the edge of psychological imbalance, fully out of control of his emotions. If I did something wrong - either willfully or unintentionally - I risked his fury. If I didn't believe the exact right thing about a particular, … [Read More...]
For one year during my college years, I tutored a Korean-American high school sophomore named Stephen. Our primary focus was his Biology class (my degree was in the sciences). I mostly remember that he was a really great kid and that we laughed a lot. If you've ever taught anyone anything before, … [Read More...]
Tim Keller says that for you to know that you are loved, it is not enough just to be told. In order for you to really know and believe way deep down in your heart that you are loved, you must be shown. (Incidentally, every time I think about this idea, it blows off the entire top of my brain … [Read More...]
But I didn't go to a worship service for an hour on Sunday morning. Does it still 'count'? DISCLAIMER: I hope it doesn't sound like I'm at all bragging about my spirituality-infused life. I'm not. And I hope it doesn't sound like I'm saying that hour long worship services on Sunday … [Read More...]
Several days ago I received a sublime gift: to sit with a dear friend in her pain. It may not sound like a gift to you, but hear me out. My friend's life has been upended in so many ways; what were solid foundations of her spiritual, emotional, and physical life have been torn out from under her … [Read More...]