Searching for Tom SawyerOf Dolphins, Hazings, Boys, and Manhood
The “bullying” story coming out of the Miami Dolphins locker room has dominated the news for the last few weeks. Though the details still aren’t fully known, it hasn’t stopped the public debate over hazings and bullying. The responses to Jonathan Martin leaving the team over alleged bullying by his teammate, Richie Incognito, have illustrated [Read More...]
Mama: MonkLight Your Candles Quietly: Keeping Advent with Mary, Vol. 3 (A Repost)
Note: This was first published last Advent, following the shootings in Newtown… Vol. 3 – Defiantly Demanding Redemption “In sober fact there is little romance or beauty in the thought of a young woman looking desperately for a place where she could give birth to her first baby… it is a bitter commentary upon the [Read More...]
Building CathedralsPray to End Hunger on December 10
We don’t usually post on weekends, but I just read about the Pope’s request that we pray to end world hunger. I thought I should help spread the word. Read more here: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/billykangas/2013/11/pope-francis-is-setting-off-a-global-wave-of-prayer-to-end-hunger-on-december-10th.html
Bristol's BlogAnother Milestone for Mom!
She's my mom, and I'm so proud of her! Read why.
Searching for Tom SawyerWhy You Should Care About the “Boy Crisis”
My concern for the future of boys is personal. I have two grandsons, both nearing age three. I’m the pastor of a church with boys of all ages. These are real boys, boys I care about, who are growing up in a world: Where boys are increasingly falling behind girls in school Where the reading [Read More...]
The Homeschool ChroniclesBoston Strong: Our Family’s Halloween Tribute
Maybe most of us make art in response to loss. Roadside memorials, video montages, elaborate masses with incense and organ music, and tattoos like those that sprang up all over town after the Boston bombings. Our family responded with Halloween costumes. Boston Strong!
Wordy NerdyWelcoming Advent–and Win the Chance for a Free Advent Book!
Tomorrow marks the 2nd Sunday in Advent. With 2 high schoolers and an 8th grader, rather than celebrating 6 times in the past 6 days, we’ve hit it 1 1/2. (Yesterday I was so grumpy that no one had cleaned the kitchen and that despite leaving out the rice hinting for someone to store it in [Read More...]
French RevolutionChristians Must Use Explicitly Biblical Arguments
“Don’t come at people with the Bible. They don’t find it persuasive, and it immediately shuts down the conversation.” Is this true?
Man on the RunBored by too much to do
“I’m bored, Mom. Give me something to do!” The woman standing behind me at the checkout line of the hardware store handed her son her smartphone, and said, “Here…play with this.” Children seem to be growing up bored today. And not because there is less to do, but because there are too many over-stimulating options. [Read More...]
Thin PlacesWhat I’m Tweeting
TinselFirst Look: New Trailer for Life-Honoring Movie “Gimme Shelter”
GIMME SHELTER centers on Agnes “Apple” Bailey (Vanessa Hudgens) and her incredible path to motherhood as a pregnant, homeless teenager.
A Few Grown MenWhat Abraham Lincoln knew about being a man
Maybe we think it couldn’t happen in today’s complicated world ... A man pulling himself up, self educating and rising to the top. But the lights that guided Abraham Lincoln are still around. We may be surprised if we apply them to our own lives.
Muslimah Next DoorThe Unbearable Lightness of Being
Last night, after dinner, with my in-laws out visiting my sister-in-law and my husband upstairs putting our youngest to bed, I drew the curtains on the world and called Lil D to join me on the family room sofa. Amal was already there, nose buried in a Nancy Drew mystery. And Lil D came bounding [Read More...]