If you spend enough time in Christian circles, you’ll realize that the ministries and classes directed toward women are vastly different than those designed for men. Men get hardball Christianity: deep doctrinal studies, tough talk regarding cultural battles, and an emphasis on spreading the gospel. Women get softball Christianity: messages like “pearls of wisdom,” being… Continue reading Ladies: No More Softball Christianity
I recently learned that it's become popular to call zealous Christians fundies. I first heard one Christian say it about another; something along the lines of, “Hey fundies, stop ruining Christianity for the rest of us Christians.” It made me laugh, but I’ve thought about it quite a bit. And I’ve decided that if anyone… Continue reading Go Ahead, Call Me a Fundie
There are passages in the Bible that have been turned into cartoons in the minds of Christians, mostly because of their iconic fame and the fact that they are child-friendly stories that many of us have been taught since kindergarten. Instead of thinking of terrifying floodwaters raging across the earth, we imagine smiling animals waltzing… Continue reading The Armor of God as Practical Inspiration
My husband and I recently celebrated the fifth anniversary of our first date. One half of a decade…I know we are still early in the game, but to me it’s still worth celebrating. So what have I learned in five years? I’ve learned that I used to be (and probably still am) really, really stupid.… Continue reading Five Years In
Today I’m going to break Ronald Reagan’s 11th Commandment: Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican. I don’t care much for the label anyways; I prefer Christian Constitutional conservative. However, I’ve never voted for a Democrat. Self-examination is healthy in our personal lives and in the Christian walk, and if Washington would engage… Continue reading I’m a Conservative. Here’s What I Can’t Stand About Republicans.
The national brouhaha over gun control has inspired some deep thinking on my part that I’d like to share with you. In no particular order, here are my thoughts on the issue: Outrage is cheap. People are justifiably angry that 17 kids lost their lives. But serious and productive debate requires research, reflection, and emotional… Continue reading Some Thoughts on Gun Control
Thanks for returning for the final installment of my worldview series. There are three primary monotheistic religions: Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. The Christian worldview is unique in that it centers on Jesus Christ. Today we will look at six important pillars of the Christian worldview. Christians believe that God created the world and all things… Continue reading Worldview Series Part 3 of 3: The Christian Worldview
Thank you for returning to my series on worldview. Today we’ll look at the secular worldview, particularly at its rejection of absolute truth. The secular worldview rejects God. Darwin cut God out of the founding of Earth and life; Freud reduced man to so many urges; Nietzsche declared the death of God; and Marx's Communist… Continue reading Worldview Series Part 2 of 3: The Secular Worldview
This is the first of a three-part series I’ve wanted to do for some time, a subject that is of supreme importance but sadly neglected in mainstream Christian circles: the topic of worldviews and their impact on society. Today we will explore the very basic concept of a worldview; part 2 will cover the secular… Continue reading Worldview Series Part 1 of 3: What is a Worldview?
We all struggle with perfection. We fall short as spouses, parents, Christians; we don’t look how we want to look. We didn’t get the education we’d hoped for or the career we dreamed of. These insecurities can eat away at our contentment and quality of life. Add to that our 24/7 exposure to advertisements and… Continue reading Attainable Perfection