Today is Star Wars Day… May the Fourth be with you!

Yes, today is May 4th... and you know what that means?  It's "Star Wars Day!" For Jedi fans around the world, it's a day to celebrate Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, C-3PO, R2-D2, and all the other Lucas creations we've come to love.What makes today even more special is that this month marks the 35th anniversary of the release of Star Wars, and fans seem as excited as ever about that galaxy far, far away.So WHY May 4th?The Telegraph (U.K.) explains:May 4th is dubbed “Star Wars Da … [Read more...]

Siblings: They Are Worth Celebrating!

Did you realize that last week -- April 10 -- was "National Siblings Day"?  Chances are you missed it like I did.  I didn't hear about it until after the fact, partly because it's not a very well-publicized occasion... but it should be!  Siblings make life fun and meaningful, and help create countless memorable moments among families both young and old.So how did Siblings Day start? National Siblings Day is the brainchild of Claudia Evart, who thought up the day as a way for siblings to … [Read more...]

Atheist Activism, Christian Compassion, and the Power of God

Recently Nancy French highlighted a story about Christians in Texas who raised money for atheist activist Patrick Greene, to help cover expenses while he was going through extensive eye treatment.You may remember that earlier this year, Greene was part of a fight against a Nativity scene that had been set up outside the courthouse in the town of Athens, Texas, and he had even threatened to file a lawsuit over it.  Malakoff News reported in February that: Greene has a history of activism … [Read more...]

Five Lessons From Tim Tebow’s Press Conference

When rumors that Tim Tebow might be traded from the Denver Broncos started growing amidst the drama surrounding Peyton Manning’s move last week, I paid extra attention to ESPN.  Like many of you, I’ve followed his career closely and traced the never-ending media coverage about his outspoken faith, his generous charity efforts, and of course, the highs and lows of his football performance both in college and the NFL.  I even reviewed Tebow’s book, Though My Eyes, for SixSeeds last year, which rema … [Read more...]

St. Patrick’s Day Surprises, and a Solemn Prayer

St. Patrick’s Day is the most widely celebrated saint’s day in the world.  Most of the coverage surrounding this unique holiday – at least here in the U.S. – focuses on revelers wearing green, drinking Guinness beer, eating corned beef and cabbage, and attending leprechaun-themed parades.There are 36.5 million U.S. residents who claim Irish ancestry, which is more than eight times the population of Ireland itself (4.5 million).  This festive occasion – which was originally recognized by C … [Read more...]

Eat Mor Chikin, Celebrate Good Food and a Great Man!

Earlier this week, Chick-fil-A founder Samuel Truett Cathy celebrated his 91st birthday!Many people know that Chick-fil-A is a Christian company, but do you understand how their core values drive everything from their restaurant service to their charitable efforts?Check out my post at The Salt Shaker, where I talk about Truett's example of excellence, integrity, and humility.  Then go enjoy an original Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich to celebrate good food and a great man! … [Read more...]

It’s V-Day… calling all the single ladies!

If you're a single lady this Valentine's Day (like me), I don't want to hear any complaining... instead, why don't you celebrate this sweet occasion with the girls in your life?I've always enjoyed V-Day, as it's a fabulous excuse to give out candy and cards to the special people all around you!  You'll be surprised how much it means to others when you remember them with a small yet meaningful gesture... you'll bring joy to their day, and warmth to your own heart!And you can go beyond … [Read more...]

Closed on Christmas?

One of the many highlights of my 45-day Indian adventure has been the opportunity to visit several different churches all over India.  There is something special about gathering with believers in another country and culture, especially in a Hindu-dominant place like India where less than 2% of the population is Christian.  Perhaps it is the instant bond I feel with these believers as brothers and sisters in Christ, or my appreciation for the immense challenges they face while seeking to shine t … [Read more...]