When A Parent Is “Left Behind”

There has been much written about the exodus of Millennials from the Church. But I haven’t seen much discussion about the effect of that exodus on those they’ve left behind; specifically, the parents who sought to pass on their faith to their children both at home and via involvement with their local church.This was highlighted for me when I was in what I thought was a casual conversation with a couple of other veteran moms after a church service one Sunday. We began chatting about the cha … [Read more...]

True Influence: The Mordecai Option

The Jewish feast of Purim took place this year from sundown Saturday, March 11th through sundown of the 12th. It is for me an opportunity each year to revisit this remarkable story of survival in the face of super-size, demonic anti-Semitism. The book of Esther found in our Bibles never once mentions God’s Name, yet his unseen hand is visible in every moment of this drama. I’ve always loved Queen Esther’s brave words when faced with the news from her uncle Mordecai. He informed her that her peopl … [Read more...]

6 Things Christians Can Do Right Now To Combat Anti-Semitism

A few days ago, I wrote about the relative silence by Evangelical leaders in regards to the uptick in anti-Semitism we're seeing in this country. I have been appreciative of the expressions of concern and support by Gentile believing friends, but discouraged by the lack of attention this problem has been given by Evangelical church leaders. Martin Niemöller's well-known words are a prophetic warning for all of us when it comes to acting on behalf of the marginalized and persecuted. First they … [Read more...]

Living The Jesus Creed This February

Hear O Israel, the Lord our God. The Lord is One. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these. Readers familiar to this blog will recognize the words of the Jesus Creed. The last few months have stretched my understanding of the challenge and necessity of living these words. Not that I ever thought they were easy words. They’re dying t … [Read more...]

Why Your Deflated Retirement Dream Might Be God’s Open Door

Some of my favorite Seinfeld episodes feature Jerry’s visits to see his parents in Del Boca Vista, a fictional south Florida retirement community. In one scene, Jerry reacts to the petty politics and middle-school social dynamics among residents by saying, “These people work and wait their whole lives to move down here, sit in the heat, pretend it's not hot, and enforce these rules."Before they passed away, my parents lived in a retirement community near Ft. Lauderdale. My visits there con … [Read more...]

Sykes, Eliason, And the Hard Work Of Regret

This past weekend, I heard an expression of regret from a man who had shaped the faith and politics of thousands of of people over the last two decades. The chastened accounting of some of the damage he'd done was a rare and welcome admission. Though it has come so late in the game, I am a firm believer in the old adage that it is never too late to do the right thing. If that's the case, his admission came right on time.I have spent of time pondering the subject of regret. In fact, I even … [Read more...]

A map of my pilgrim’s road trip

I long for clear direction for my journey with God, but more often than not, my pilgrim's road trip resembles the twists, turns, and switchbacks of a labyrinth walk. … [Read more...]