Book Reviews

Book Review: The Bible

Title: The Holy Bible  Authors: 40+ men over 1500 years   Genre: Non-fiction   Publisher: God   Release Date: 1535  Pages: 1,200ish   Simply filling out the specs I'm picking a fight. My choice to label The Bible non-fiction communicates: Ignorance to secular scientists (Gah! Join the 21st century!) Intolerance to other religions (god wrote our book too) Combativeness to atheists (your god is… Continue reading Book Review: The Bible

Personal Journey

The Only Resolution You Need: Be Resolute

Resolute: 1. marked by firm determination 2. bold, steady. In a fit of New Year's zeal you wrote a bunch of resolutions. And in a fit of cold reality already broke at least one. Now you're starting 2017 as a failure. Why even bother with the rest?  New Year's resolutions are like trains. One car… Continue reading The Only Resolution You Need: Be Resolute

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The One Feared is the One Revered

I don't want to be worshipped-- I want to terrify. My rival covets worship, but I've never been so inclined. You could say between the two of us, I'm the humble one. And between the two of us, I'm the one providing a service: I scare you, don't I? Scare you into looking before you… Continue reading The One Feared is the One Revered

Personal Journey

The Downside of Being God, A Soldier, A Car Salesman

Raise your hand if you want to be honored today, Memorial Day. I don't want to be honored because I don't want to be dead yet. Neither did the ones we honor. Most didn't intend to die, either when they signed on or in the moment. Most hoped they could serve their country, come home,… Continue reading The Downside of Being God, A Soldier, A Car Salesman

Personal Journey

The Gift of a Thought

I woke up this morning and felt like staying in bed, where I could cuddle with that bit of holiday angst that took up residence in the pit of my stomach. Confession: under my covers is the safest place even at 42 years old. I worried about getting the sickness that's going around and all the… Continue reading The Gift of a Thought

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Just Show Up

A friend of mine texted me this morning asking for prayer.  As she should. She's about to embark on something that's way out of her league.  She does this for Jesus and for His people, especially those who feel most forsaken, who the world deems most filthy and most foul, but who are loved by… Continue reading Just Show Up

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Heal My Soul – Testimony Part III

Heal my soul, for I have sinned against Thee. - Psalm 41:4b My memory in the months before I acquiesced to Jesus is hazy. I know I was desperate. I know circumstantially I had everything-- as far as the American Dream goes, anyway. Although I had married my prince charming, I was disappointed that I… Continue reading Heal My Soul – Testimony Part III

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No Thanks, I’ll Do This Myself – Testimony Part II

I didn't kill her, of course.  I just moved my car into the spot as if she were invisible, which was hard to do because she was yelling her head off and waving her arms around like my own personal air marshal helping me park my plane.  That stick shift came in handy when I… Continue reading No Thanks, I’ll Do This Myself – Testimony Part II

Personal Journey

God Loves Even the Meanest Person – Testimony Part I

There was a time when I did not take God seriously.  But no matter.  He took me seriously. Of my early memories, this one stands out-- my husband and I at age 16 were climbing on a jungle gym, talking about the meaning of life, and blithely dismissing God's hand in parting the Red Sea… Continue reading God Loves Even the Meanest Person – Testimony Part I

Screwtape Still Speaks

What the Devil? Screwtape Talks Politics

After spending six weeks studying C.S. Lewis' The Screwtape Letters with my 5000 Words class, I feel like I know just what he would say... My Dear Wormwood, I am pleased to see you dabbling in politics. As even the most immature tempter knows, the passions that bubble up from the froth of political dissimilarity will… Continue reading What the Devil? Screwtape Talks Politics