I Dare you.

Why not love if you have the option between that and hate?  Why does hate come so easily?  Why judge? Or condemn?  Why is it that Christians so often are known for how they judge others? Jesus said blessed are the peacemakers. But we don’t bring peace.  We rejoice in someone’s suffering.  Bin Laden is…

We Are The One Percent

I’ve never really cared to prove that God exists — before today.  My son looked at me with his huge blue eyes the color of warm ocean and cried: “If God is real, why doesn’t he stop all the bad stuff?  Why Mom?  Why?” I felt as if I’d been slapped hard across the face…

Miscellany that Bewilder Me

Midnight. Last night, my ten year old son said he wanted to stay up until midnight — insisting that he had to do it. — But why? I asked slightly bewildered. “If I do, I will have not cracked my knuckles for a whole day!” he told me in all seriousness.  He has a nervous…

On Complaining and Criticizing, Part 2

[This is a follow-up to On Complaining and Criticizing, part 1.] On Feb 17th, 2011 I decided I was going to stop.  Stop contributing to the negativity in our culture.  Stop verbalizing my negative thoughts about people. And criticising and not affirming or building up others.  And perhaps become a more positive person. So far,…

Why “For Women” is not “For Me”

Why I don’t like “women’s” ministry, seminars & conferences specifically for women, or special Bibles and studies written only for women. It  is not that I’m against women (or men) gathering together as a tribe, but I have other, deeper concerns. First of all, fundamentally it comes out of this notion that men and women…

Aging, Legacies and more Time with our Family

I often wonder if I am too hard on the memory of my father.  As the years go by the memories fade good and bad ones.   A couple of things happened this weekend that made me think of my father.  He died in his early sixties.  He should have had another thirty years. 92-year old…

Waiting? I don’t think so.

Waiting.   We hardly know what to do with waiting in our culture. Waiting on things makes me frustrated and sometimes even angry.  I want doctors to be on time, fast food lines to be, well, fast, children to be efficient, packages in the mail to be on schedule — all of it irks me.  I…

re|think everything

(re|think) noun Pronunciation:/ˈriːθɪŋk/ [in singular] a reassessment, especially one that results in changes being made. I am thinking about many things including the future of this blog.  I was particularly challenged by a conversation this weekend.  My sister questioned why I “live so much in the past?”  She was wishing for me that I would…

Do you ever wonder why we are here?

So, Tom has been experiencing some strange pains in his neck and face — odd twitches and discomforts.  It has gone on  for a long enough period of time that he jokingly calls it his tumor.  But the truth is he is afraid.  We joke about it, then we get serious and a little scared,…

Ack Americans! Is it time to head for the border?

Seriously, the lack of compassion for and understanding of Muslim culture and the Koran by your every day American has me thinking. Although I kind of take pride in the fact that I am an open-minded person (not like the Crazies), I really don’t know anything about Muslim culture. Like, is it the Koran or…