On Protecting Others

We must protect the most vulnerable among us! For those of you wishy-washy on this stance, let me mask you a question: Do you even care that people are dying? Twenty-nine and a half million people have died so far this year alone, according to worldometers.info! Twenty-nine and a half million in 8 months!That number…

This Appointment

This past year and a half has taught me some things. Mostly that human nature hasn’t changed much. But also that God is faithful and good even when the world is basically a dumpster fire. I think a valid word for many over the last eighteen months would be “disappointment.” I can personally relate to…

Jenga!

There’s a lot of deconstruction going on in the church. It’s kinda like Jenga. “I don’t agree with this piece, so lemme pull it out. Um..this one seems a bit harsh..see ya! Ooohh..this piece isn’t going to work for me, either..” Sooner or later, the whole thing comes crashing down. Now, you’re left with two…

I am not. He is.

Yesterday my pastor (known affectionately as Pastor PeePaw for some unspecified reason) asked a sobering question: “Are you one person at church and another with certain groups of friends?” Yikes. I don’t think this is true of me now (although I am not some great super-Christian and I do slip up with bad words every…

Just some Gratitude!

I have truly been feeling the love lately. I think we are blessed to live in a society where free speech and independent thinking are valued and protected. It is wonderful to know I won’t be judged if I hold a different opinion than my neighbor, and that someone I haven’t seen in years would…

Here’s what I’m offering..

I’m not an influencer. I can apply my make-up with just enough competence not to look crazy. I have no desire to be famous. I haven’t lived among Nepali people in the Himalayas or started a non-profit for underprivileged skate-boarders. I can follow a recipe but haven’t created crazy delicious flavor-combos like tomato-feta pasta (is…

Faceblock

I’m disengaging with social media for a little while. All of the back and forth liberally laced with vitriol and disdain for dissenting opinions leaves me anxious and disheartened. In layman’s terms: mean people suck. It’s not just the arguing and finger-pointing that’s got me down. I also have a weird compulsion to see what…

Wakey Wakey

This morning I’ve been weeping for the people of Afghanistan and the horrific nightmare that is now their reality. The Taliban is in full possession of billions of dollars worth of U.S. weaponry and are going door to door murdering anyone who isn’t on board with their reign of terror. People are literally clinging to…

Holding on to Good

This last year and a half has been challenging to say the least. And there’s no end in sight. The world is upside down, emotions are high, and uncertainty is the only thing we can expect. I know I’m not the only one who gets anxious reading the latest headlines, so I thought a shift…

Whaddya Know

When people are going against popular opinion at great risk to their personal reputation, livelihood, and even safety, you have to wonder why. If there is no reward other than a conscience compelled by truth, maybe it’s time to start listening. Such was the case with the first followers of Jesus. If Jesus did not…