Fifty Shades Of Not Okay

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I used to think men were the primary consumers of porn, though I've known a few women over the years who admitted to their own porn habit. The Fifty Shades "Mommy porn" phenomenon has changed the conversation in our culture. Women, you may think that the dreck you're reading on your Kindle during naptime - or the movie you're planning to see this weekend to celebrate St. Valentine's Day - is between you and (maybe) your husband or boyfriend, but it's not. It spills into your kids' lives in ways … [Read more...]

Passing On A Legacy Of Epic Marriage

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Mike and Diane Siri offer a great example of what a second act in life and ministry might look like. They'd each built successful careers in the business world during the first half of their lives.“After twenty-five years in the corporate world, I realized I wasn’t pursuing my passion, which is the development and nurturing of God-honoring relationships,” Mike told me. “As I began pursuing a path of helping others restore, nurture and celebrate relationships, a vision began to form of a famil … [Read more...]

Parented By Grandparents

Afew weeks ago, I was at a McDonalds PlayPlace with my two grandsons, ages 6 and 11. There were a half-dozen other older caregivers in the room watching the kids burn off some of that Happy Meal energy. When a little girl took a tumble down a slide and cried, “Grandma!” we all rose to our feet to see if it was our grandchild who needed comforting. Boomers hear a lot about the stresses of the "sandwich generation," caught between caring for aging parents while still raising our own families. Plu … [Read more...]

By “Rightsize”, I Mean “Exorcise” These Nine Church-y Words

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As a writer, I spend my days playing with words. This also means I spend too much time - usually when I'm writing a first draft - watching cat videos, rearranging my cabinets, thinking about what to make for dinner, and watching the squirrels re-enact West Side Story outside my window.When I'm not watching Tony Squirrel woo Maria Squirrel, I do try to pay close attention to how people use words. Language is a living thing. I'm fascinated by the lists of words that have become tired, lazy … [Read more...]

Bitter|Sweet 2014

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I'm a sucker for all the year-in-review lists that pop up at this time of year. I'll read with glee those wry month-by-month summaries of the past year like Dave Barry's annual column, or those annual lists of the worst movies of the year (or ever made, which will no doubt be rejiggered to include this stinker). Maybe it's because as the calendar year winds down we're all prone to a bit of reflection before we dive head-first into our regularly-scheduled lives again. Or maybe it's because I like … [Read more...]

The Absurdity Of The Incarnation

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I was contracted to write a small Advent prayer booklet at the beginning of this year. I've done a good measure of devotional writing over the years, and rarely expect to hear from those reading the words I've penned. My job is to behold Jesus, then share using imperfect, broken words what I've witnessed. I pray those reading my words get a glimpse of what I've seen without too much Michelle getting in the way.Shortly before Thanksgiving, I brought copies of the booklet to share with the … [Read more...]

Mona Lisa In A Plastic Orange Frame

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He told them a story. Then he told them another one."The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed," he said. "The kingdom of heaven is like yeast kneaded into dough."Jesus told them stories meant to help their souls awaken to the life to which he came to invite them. He told them stories that held up a mirror that allowed them an unfiltered look at who some of them really were, instead of who they pretended to be.I've been thinking about the way in which we tell stories about God to … [Read more...]


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