Are You Ready for Christmas? (And Why It’s Okay If You Aren’t)

“I’m not ready for Jesus to show up, and perhaps that’s exactly as it should be.” [Read more…]

Don’t You Care If We Drown?

In the midst of a raging storm, “The disciples wanted Jesus to pitch in, to do his part in solving the crisis. But Jesus had other things in mind altogether.” It’s true in my life as well. [Read more…]

Why I’m Both Spiritual and Religious

A lot of my friends describe themselves as “spiritual but not religious.” I think I know what they mean. I think they don’t want some of the restrictions that come with religiosity–the rules that mandate saying certain prayers or feeling lots of guilt. They don’t want to find themselves in the category of “closed-minded” or [Read More…]

Are You Satisfied With Your Life?

In John 10:10, Jesus says, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” It’s easy to settle for a less-than-full life, whether by assuming that relationships will end in disappointment, or that God doesn’t really answer prayer, or that [Read More…]

Another Reason to Love Your Neighbor

In case we needed another reason to love our neighbors as ourselves, it turns out that it might just come in handy. As this NPR story reports, “A researcher’s data suggest that ambulances, firetrucks and government aid aren’t the principal ways most people survive during and recover after a disaster. Instead, it’s the personal ties [Read More…]