How to Stop Being Afraid

For my Patheos friends, this post kicks off a series over the next few weeks as we unpack the following steps from Psalm 46 in more detail to discover God’s wisdom on how to stop being afraid.  Enjoy! Smack dab in the middle between real life and real faith is — real fear.  Fear of failure. Fear that we’ll look foolish. Fear that everyone will laugh when we do. Fear that __________ — fill in the blank with your own fear. There’s… Read more

Is Washington’s Original Thanksgiving Day Proclamation a Warning for All?

By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation. Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful… Read more

Review: See “Rise of the Guardians” for Enchanted Family Fun

If you’re looking for a fun family film this Thanksgiving holiday, you found it. No, it’s not Red Dawn, dads. Sorry. Rise of the Guardians, new from DreamWorks and in theaters November 21, 2012, is the ticket for 90 minutes of enchanted animated family fun. Like Red Dawn, Rise of the Guardians has unexpected invasions, courageous resistance against impossible odds, and an inspiring call to dig deep to discover who you really are — come to think of it, it’s likely not much different… Read more

The FaithWalkers Daily — Nov. 21: Stacked Deck for Israel, Charlie Brown, Santa Monica Nativities

The FaithWalker’s Daily is a quick review of key news stories of the day from the perspective of a conservative Christ-follower living in, but not of, the world. Deck Stacked against Israel’s Survival The Basics — As Israel pushes back with military force against Hamas-led Palestinians firing rockets into their country, many from the UN to the Egyptian mediators seem eager to oppose Israel’s right to defend itself. Dig Deeper: Via The New York Times, a senior Egyptian official (the Egyptians… Read more

I’ve Got Plenty To Be Thankful For: 101 and Counting…

Sometime it’s the simple stuff that means the most. As we prep for Thanksgiving Day celebrations, I’m tempted to focus on everything I could complain about. All the stuff that hasn’t gone my way. There’s no shortage of them, that’s for sure. But I choose to take a page from Bing — Bing Crosby, that is — and recall this song from Holiday Inn. I’ve got plenty to be thankful for / I haven’t got A great big yacht To sail from… Read more

The FaithWalkers Daily — Nov. 20: Thanksgiving Shopping Protests, Benghazi Smoke-Screen, Creationism Surprises

The FaithWalker’s Daily is a quick review of key news stories of the day from the perspective of a conservative Christ-follower living in, but not of, the world. Retailers Opening on Thanksgiving Triggering Protests The Basics — More retailers, including many WalMart stores are opening on Thanksgiving Day to try to capture the Black Friday shopping spree. The holiday extra hours are triggering complaints and protests from employees. Dig Deeper: This Fox News story notes that unions are trying to capitalize on… Read more

How I Can Be Pro-Life — and Support the Death Penalty

I am pro-life — and yet I support the death penalty for those who intentionally murder another person. Some find my position incongruous and untenable. Quite a few commented as much on my recent post “5 Things I Don’t Understand about Christians Who Voted for Obama.” The charge goes something like this: how can you claim to be so concerned about the life of the unborn if you support death in any way? Many thought I was, at the least, inconsistent. I disagree…. Read more

The FaithWalkers Daily — Nov. 19: French Marriage Battles, SanFran Cover-Up, Israel Defends Itself

The FaithWalker’s Daily is a quick review of key news stories of the day from the perspective of a conservative Christ-follower living in, but not of, the world. Traditional Marriage Battle Heats Up in France The Basics — A day after 100,000 gathered in support of homosexual marriage and adoption in France, another 100,000 took to the streets to protest the law to be considered that would redefine marriage and expand same-sex adoption. Dig Deeper: Full story here from France…. Read more

How to Prepare for a Crisis: Ministry Lessons from the Chardon Shooting

We are all told to expect the unexpected. Those of us in ministry certainly know one thing: we never know what’s coming next. Hurricane Sandy or other natural disasters, unexpected plant closings that leave thousands unemployed, or the tragic shooting right here in my own hometown of Chardon earlier this year — a crisis like any of these can blindside us, leaving ministry leaders wondering how to best prepare their ministry for a crisis they can’t see coming. We certainly saw this happen… Read more

Movie Review: Spielberg’s “Lincoln” Portrays Politics Behind 13th Amendment

I try not to know too much about movies before I review them. With Lincoln, Steven Spielberg’s latest entry into historical drama released across the US Nov. 16, 2012, I confess I had two biases at work. The first came from the headline of an early review that proclaimed Daniel Day Lewis’ portrayal of Lincoln to be “wooden.” My second bias was that I already knew a good deal about Lincoln as a student of history. Although I respected much of his leadership,… Read more

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