When the Person You’re Caring for Isn’t Very Nice

Have you ever experienced that stripping moment when you realized God had assigned you to pour yourself into someone who had nothing to give you in return … or who wasn’t particularly nice to you … or who was bad-tempered much of the time? Maybe you’re there right now. When the call comes, we dread saying yes—but we will say yes if we realizeContinue reading “When the Person You’re Caring for Isn’t Very Nice”

The 2016 “Let’s Put an End to Facebook Christianity” Challenge

Let’s talk honestly for a minute about the growing prevalence of “Facebook Christianity”—you know, those 101 ways we equate burying ourselves in social media with interacting with God. Just one example: those posts that claim that a Like = Amen, or that a Comment = a prayer—or, better yet, a Share = a hundred prayers. It appears that all weContinue reading “The 2016 “Let’s Put an End to Facebook Christianity” Challenge”

Christmas: a holiday for the wealthy… unless we do something about it

Let’s face it: the Americanized concept of Christmas is for the wealthy. There are many who look to this season with dread because they cannot keep up with the demands that we, as a society, have put upon ourselves. As Christians, we can pretend that Christmas is still centered around Jesus, but in reality we know theContinue reading “Christmas: a holiday for the wealthy… unless we do something about it”

The Scandal of Holiness

Too often we assume that holiness is dignified and well-mannered, even stuffy. It is nothing of the sort. Jesus is holiness itself, yet He overthrew tables in the temple courts and plunged into hell for three days to rescue the lost. There is nothing remotely dignified about bleeding, naked, on a cross. Believe it or not,Continue reading “The Scandal of Holiness”

To Those Who Are Brave Enough to Dream

Is there someone in your life who has an approach to faith that borders on reckless, impulsive, even foolish? Do you wish you had that same kind of faith? Then learn to dream. My husband, who will say yes to just about any dream that God puts in his heart, has taught me more aboutContinue reading “To Those Who Are Brave Enough to Dream”

Christians and Depression: Another Look

I keep hearing about believers who are suffering from depression, and we all know it gets worse this time of year. So I’m going to repost an article that ran in a LifeWay publication awhile back, and about which I received emails from numerous Christians thanking me for speaking about the taboo subject of depression. OneContinue reading “Christians and Depression: Another Look”

We’re All Still Beggars

We human beings love to clump ourselves into categories. Depending upon what we feel is important, we long to be part of this group—but exempt from that one. This is why so many of us spent our high school years trying to snag a place with the cool crowd while maintaining distance from the not-so-coolContinue reading “We’re All Still Beggars”

Following Jesus into the Unknown

Lately, the Lord’s been prompting me to do some video blogs along with written blogs. I suppose the correct word is “vlog,” but I’m not entirely sure because I’m technologically challenged—which explains, I hope, the rather poor quality of this video. In short, I have no idea what I’m doing regarding the technology, but God’sContinue reading “Following Jesus into the Unknown”