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Video Post: Christmas and the Power of Belief

It’s Christmastime! And time for another new video post. Enjoy!

5 Reasons to Be Thankful All Year

If you’re like me, you’re finding it hard to believe¬†November is here. (And again, if you’re like me, you’re probably also¬†grateful that we’ll soon be putting this difficult year behind us.) But ready or not, here we are. Most of the leaves have fallen from my backyard maple, the sun goes down before dinner, and […]

A Good Time for Selah

Last Thursday, two days after Election Day, I made a visit to my doctor’s office. In the elevator I said hi to a woman who had joined me for the ride. She was pushing a stroller, and inside was a sleeping newborn baby dressed in pink. I asked about the baby’s name, and she told […]

Does Mental Illness Mean I’m Not a Christian?

I receive a lot of inquiries from people asking for advice about living with mental illness, loving someone with a mental disorder, and doing ministry among people with mental illness and their families. I can’t offer the kind of advice and help a mental health professional can give, but I can point people in the […]

Let’s Choose Love in Fearful Times

Remember the color-coded terror threat alert system implemented by the Department of Homeland Security after September 11? Each color represented a different threat level; the greater the threat, the more vigilant citizens should be. That scale was replaced in 2011 with the National Terrorism Advisory System, which offered more specific designations and steps communities, agencies, […]

Let’s Get Serious about the Sacred Mystery of Sleep

A few years ago, a Time article pointed enterprising readers toward an enticing business opportunity for our age: the sleep industry. “Don’t nap on this,” the headline urged. “Capitalize on insomnia as a growth business.” Our desperately sleep-deprived population is a market ripe for entrepreneurial harvest. They call it “the business of sleep.” And in […]

A Funny Way to Worship

Riding in the passenger seat while my husband drove, I stared out the window. As we passed a pond, I noticed five or six sets of tail feathers sticking straight up out of the water. The ducks were busy eating whatever delicious goodies they had found under the water, butts pointed skyward, with no idea […]

Don’t Look in your Bible for Lazy Excuses

“Boy, it would be nice if God would appear in a burning bush and tell me exactly what he wants me to do!” “I would be a lot more confident in my faith if I could see miracles happen all the time, like they did in the Bible.” Growing up in the church, and continuing […]

You Have Permission to Rest

As I’ve mentioned before, in 2010 I had the amazing privilege of touring Israel with a group of Christian journalists. It was an intense trip–both exhausting in its demands (we saw as much as we possibly could cram into the time we were there) and nearly overwhelming in its tutelage–and I had to come back […]

Have You Realized the Power of Being Known?

As a young student, I spent kindergarten through eighth grade in three different rural schools. These schools were tiny–one in particular, where I attended half a year and was the only third grader in the entire school (yes, I’m serious). I joined up with the first and second graders. Our classroom picture shows seven smiling […]

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