Why I’m Glad Christmas Is Over

Christmas. Is. Over.I spent twelve years working in retail, both in a mom-and-pop and large stores. Christmas meant long hours, cranky customers, and avoiding being trampled on Black Friday.I don’t miss the retail rush of holiday gift-giving. Somehow squabbling over Tickle-Me-Elmo never made me think more highly of the birth of Jesus.Because of the hectic pace of the holidays, I always looked forward to the day after Christmas as much as Christmas day. As we took a deep breath and r … [Read more...]

Nelson Mandela’s Legacy in South Africa: A Unique Perspective

Privileged to feature a unique perspective on the legacy of Nelson Mandela in South Africa from Christina Quist. Christina and her family relocated there by faith  from the US Midwest just two years ago. You can learn more about their journey as FaithWalkers here. I thought her perspective as a transplanted Westerner might shed some new light behind the media coverage on the impact of Nelson Mandela in South Africa. The red, blue and green fishing boats in the harbor clang their bells and bob … [Read more...]

Why I Don’t Raise My Hands in Your Church

I know what you’re thinking.If I don’t raise my hands in your church, there’s probably something seriously wrong with the state of my soul. Clearly the Spirit ain’t moving if my hands aren’t lifting, right? [See my post Why I Left Your Seeker-friendly Church.]OK. So I don’t know what you’re thinking exactly, but after having experienced countless Evangelical worship services and having been harangued by worship leaders to clap more, turn and greet total strangers as if we were long-lost f … [Read more...]

Catalyst 2013: Tim Elmore on Growing the Next Generation of Leaders

People love people who go first.With that pithy remark, Tim Elmore set the tone for the Catalyst 2013 lab session in Atlanta entitled “Marching Off the Map: A Compass to Help the Next Generation Navigate New Technology and Spirituality.”Tim Elmore, founder and President of Growing Leaders and author of Habitudes for the Journey: Images That Form Leadership Habits and Attitudes, noted that we have to adjust to a new reality thanks to technology and the way the next generation, Generation i … [Read more...]

5 Truths Children Won’t Know About Marriage Unless We Teach Them

Marriage is under attack in our culture. From the sexual revolution to the rise of divorce to the fight over same-sex marriage, this precious institution is being bombarded from all sides.And our children are right in the middle of it.Hollywood, the media, our school systems, and sometimes even fellow Christians are constantly portraying an untrue version of marriage to today's children and teens. And it's taking its toll.Most girls spend lots of time imagining their fairy tale … [Read more...]

Stuart McAllister: 3 Steps to Resist the Worship of Self

Privileged to feature a guest post from Stuart McAllister, Vice President, Training and Special Projects, with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. Stuart, born in Scotland, has been a long-time Christian mobilizer in Europe, including several brief imprisonments for preaching the gospel in communist countries. Our culture embraces the diversity of idolatrous options manufactured and served up to us on a regular basis. Narcissism finds a welcome in many hearts. How do we resist? What can we … [Read more...]

What Does the Bible Teach about Drinking Alcohol?

This is a guest post from my friend, Dr. P. Andrew Sandlin, President of the Center for Cultural Leadership. This post is a response to a friend of his who asked the question, "What does the Bible teach about drinking alcohol?" I thought there might be others who struggle with this question on their faith walk. You can purchase his latest book here: Christian Culture: An Introduction.  Follow his blog here. Hello Andrew.  I know you’re not running an advice column, but I was hoping you could hel … [Read more...]

Why Walt Disney World is our Favorite Place to be a Family

The important thing is the family. If you can keep the family together–and that’s the backbone of our whole business, catering to families–that’s what we hope to do.  ~ Walter Elias Disney Over the Labor Day weekend, I talked to a few friends who are traveling to the "Happiest PLace on Earth" in the coming weeks. The conversation reminded me of some of the best family times we've ever experienced there at the house the Mouse built.Walt's dream for Disney parks was inspired by his desire to s … [Read more...]


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