Will the Hobbit Inspire Your Own Unexpected Journey?

I confess it. I think I may be the only person left who has not seen Peter Jackson's latest rendition of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic tale The Hobbit.Usually I would be among the first at the theater. I made the midnight showing for The Return of the King -- the sound cutting out during the scenes in Mount Doom made it especially memorable. I've watched the DVD versions of The Lord of the Rings countless times with my children.I've read Tolkien's Middle Earth saga multiple times, even reading it … [Read more...]

America’s Founders on Gun Control and the Evil at Sandy Hook

The following post appears courtesy of my friends at Wallbuilders, founded by David Barton. Wallbuilders is an organization dedicated to presenting America's forgotten history and heroes, with an emphasis on the moral, religious, and constitutional foundation on which America was built. In the wake of the heart-rending massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, a cry has arisen for gun control. But such calls are misdirected.The lessons of Scriptures and history are clear that the key is … [Read more...]

The FaithWalker’s Daily — Jan. 16: Gun Control Wednesday, Property Rights and Wetlands, “Liberal Tax” on Smoothies

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.  NOTE: There is a special guest post on my site today from my friends at Wallbuilders: America's Founders on Gun Control and the Evil at Sandy Hook President Obama Launches Gun Control WednesdayThe Basics -- President Obama will present his proposals for new gun-control legislation today and up to 19 executive actions he is con … [Read more...]

How to Stop Feeling Overwhelmed

You've stared at the list of things to do for days. You've tried sorting it into neat piles, but the list of piles itself only gets longer. You're starting to feel overwhelmed. The lists of your lists are starting to run several pages.You wish you could just stop the crushing feeling, but wave after wave of stuff to do keeps pounding you into the surf, leaving you wondering if you'll ever get a chance to come up for air. And that's not even counting the important stuff you know should be on … [Read more...]

The FaithWalker’s Daily — Jan. 14: French Bomb Mali Terrorists, Pro-Marriage Protests in France, Idaho Citadel

  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.   French Send Troops to Mali, Bomb Islamic TerroristsThe Basics -- The French, under the leadership of President Francois Hollande, unexpectedly took military action to stop the rapid advances of Islamic jihadists in Northern Mali in Africa. They launched a military campaign that included bombing and "boots on the ground," … [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...]

How to Stop Being Afraid? Trust in the Strength of God

Welcome to a series here at Patheos to follow up on my post How to Stop Being Afraid with wisdom from Psalm 46. I don't know about you, but whenever I feel afraid, I start think about what I can do. I look for some way to solve the problem. I confess that my first move for overcoming fear is often to trust in my own strength and not in the strength of God.I don't think I'm alone.As I noted earlier in this series How to  Stop Being Afraid, when we're facing tough stuff in life God Is Our … [Read more...]

5 Inconvenient Truths about School Shootings [VIDEO]

From Reason’s Nick Gillespie and Amanda Winkler: "No one wants to ever again see anything like the senseless slaughter of 26 people – including 20 children - at a school. But as legislators turn toward creating new gun laws, here are five facts they need to know." HT: HotAir … [Read more...]