How Jesus Beat Loneliness

Ever felt alone? Jesus did too. That’s right. Messiah. Creator. Savior of the world. Even he dealt with loneliness. After all, one of the reasons he became one of us was to understand what we go through each day on this terrestrial ball. But unlike us, Jesus refused to give in to the temptation to fixate on that feeling. Jesus beat loneliness by speaking the truth to himself.It happened at least once, most noticeably as he gave his disciples a final briefing just prior to his crucifixion. He k … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Stop Envy Before It Starts

It's been called the green monster. Invidia in the Latin texts. A deadly sin. And a common one. Photo via Envy. It's what's for dinner -- or at least it's what's often in our hearts by the time we get to that point of the day. By then, we've usually encountered someone having some success. More than we're having, at least.And that's all it takes.I confess to wrestling with this one. I think most writers -- any creative souls really -- know the struggle … [Read more...]

The Hunger Games: Battleground for Gender Wars

This is a guest post by Kate O'Brien. She is an exceptional teacher of Ancient Literature and History at Cornerstone Christian Academy near Cleveland, Ohio. I asked her to share her thoughts on The Hunger Games from a Biblical perspective as I am traveling today to an event with John Maxwell and Michael Hyatt -- A Day About Books. Kate graciously agreed to do what she does with excellence every day in the classroom. Enjoy.Not many things will convince me to read teen fiction.  As an ancient … [Read more...]

How to Read the Bible Every Day and Enjoy It!

We all know we should read the Bible every day. As people of faith following Christ, the Author of the Bible, we want to enjoy it. Truth be told, though, we often find ourselves staring blankly at the pages as the words blur before us. Often we walk away from our “quiet time” feeling there was way too much quiet and not much to look forward to next time. If there is a next time.Sometimes the problem is in our own hearts. We hold on to sin in our heart's blind spot that keeps us from rel … [Read more...]

Waiving Away the Law: God, Obamacare, and Immigration

President Obama once again this past week took action that raises a question that sounds like a child’s joke – but it’s no laughing matter. In fact, it reminds me of the fifth and final reason I believe God objects to the health care law commonly known as Obamacare.For those just arriving, you can find more about me here and my latest project here. I am passionate about connecting real life with real faith.The question raised by how Obamacare has been enforced and by the President's lates … [Read more...]

Violating our Conscience: God and Obamacare (Part 4)

My two previous arguments for a God-oriented take on the President's signature health-care law were both matters of degree. Far from being clear expressions of right or wrong, they pointed out the danger of significantly tilting toward an unbiblical result. In such cases, it can be hard to tell exactly where that line gets crossed, but history tells us it will get crossed eventually. Somewhere. By someone.The wisdom from Scripture can be summed up in the Biblical warning to "avoid it, don't go … [Read more...]

Heydi Mejia: Why She’s Not the Real Immigration Problem

I’m taking a brief break from my series on President Obama’s signature health-care legislation as the case of Heydi Mejia has captured my attention – and my heart. As a school principal, I know first hand what it’s like to balance the need to enforce the rules yet  be quick to show mercy as a child of God.In case you’ve missed her immigration problem, Heydi Mejia graduated last Friday as an Honors student from Meadowbrook High School near Richmond, VA. She had taken AP classes. Her diploma gl … [Read more...]

Why Obamacare Fails to Get God’s Vote (Part 3)

Often as we probe real life with real faith,  there are no easy answers. Only shades of grey. Not fifty of them, thank God, as my friend and author Joel J. Miller points out in his critique of that latest fad.  But there is a vital need to maintain a healthy balance between two equally essential values that exist in tension with one another. And that’s not a bad thing.My home site is here for now for those who want to know more about me. My latest project is here. My passion is connecting rea … [Read more...]