Suicide: Can a Christian Commit Murder?

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I mentioned a few days ago when transitioning my blog to FaithWalkers that one reason I have not posted as frequently of late is that there have been some sobering events in my faith walk.I think death is about as sobering as it gets. And there have been a few deaths -- one a family member completing her time on earth after 94 years, the other a former pastor who left, it would seem, before his time.We were privileged to serve under his ministry for five years not all that long ago. … [Read more...]

How to Stop Lying and Speak the Truth — to Yourself

Ok. I admit it. I’m a liar. Or am I? Funny thing about liars. No one believes them even when they do tell the truth. Which I am doing right now. I think. If only I could stop lying -- to myself. Photo via http://www.tiffanydow.com/blog/liar-liar-pants-on-fire/ Here’s my problem. I am quite conscientious about speaking the truth to others – to you, for example. I’d put up with a lot of hurt to speak the truth to you. That’s not the problem. It’s when I talk to myself – inside, where no one else ca … [Read more...]

See How to Easily Schedule a Weekend Marriage Retreat

Like most guys, I don't like asking for directions. But when it comes to my marriage, I don't mind getting pointers.If I'm going to invest the time and money in a marriage retreat, I want the relaxing and transforming weekend I posted about here.Photo via http://stjohns-savage.org/612841.ihtmlMany friends have asked about the details of the schedule. How exactly do you schedule your time on a weekend marriage retreat? I suppose there are a lot of ways you could do it, but, for what it's … [Read more...]

See Why Parents Choose School Choice in Ohio

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National School Choice Week 2013, which runs from Jan. 27 through Feb. 2, shines a spotlight on the need for education opportunities for all. In only its third year, this bipartisan, grassroots effort features more than 3,500 events spanning all 50 states.This is a guest post by Sarah Pechan of School Choice Ohio. You can connect with them on Twitter & Facebook. This week in Columbus, Ohio, parents from across the city came to explore their school options at a community “school sh … [Read more...]

Marriage Retreat: How to Plan a Weekend Getaway

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Fifteen years -- and counting.I know. Ours is not the longest marriage on record. But it is the happiest.I have the certificate to prove it. Somewhere. It's right --  well, it's not important now. I'll look it up later.Right after we get the six kids to bed.Now that we've covered Why You Should Plan a Marriage Retreat, let's get practical and talk how to plan a weekend getaway. Well, it doesn't have to be a weekend getaway, as you'll see, but it would sure help.One excuse I've heard of … [Read more...]

Marriage Retreat: Why You Should Plan a Weekend Getaway

Want a weekend getaway? I do. How's your marriage? Mine could be better, too. A marriage retreat could be just the thing -- if only you knew why and how to plan it.Six kids and lot on my plate can cause me to lose focus on the important stuff in my marriage and family. If you think you've got it all under control for now, see my thoughts on How to Avoid the Parenting Blind Spots that plague us all.  Maybe what you need is a relaxing and romantic weekend getaway with your spouse.Not just a vac … [Read more...]

Parenting Fail: What’s In Your Blind Spot?

As much as I like my car, I must agree with my wife -- it does have a few blind spots.Backing up can be tricky. The narrow side windows and raised rear of the vehicle make it a challenge to see what's behind me. Or beside me. I nearly sideswiped a fellow traveler last week on a rainy freeway because of it.Fail.I think I can fix it with a couple of those wide-angle mirror attachments. But until I do, I'd do well to double check my blind spots instead of assuming I know what is behind or … [Read more...]

Answer the Call to Greatness: Give Someone a Nudge

We all know it doesn’t take much to start a lot of hurt. Still not sure who fired the first shot on the greens of Lexington.It doesn’t take much to start a lot of good either. Think Rosa Parks. Or Mother Teresa.It clearly doesn’t take a bulldozer to get big things started, although it sure can feel like it.All it takes is a nudge.But you can’t nudge someone else toward greatness until you have the courage to first nudge yourself toward greatness. Every day.At times that task can feel li … [Read more...]


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