Recorded in Matthew 5-7 is the most famous of Jesus’ sermons, known as the Sermon on the Mount because, according to Matthew 5:1, it was delivered on a mountainside. I think we should consider giving it a more auspicious title, such as The Bombshell Sermon, The Upside-Down Sermon, or The Sermon That Ruined Religion. After […]
“I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord.’ And now here we are, standing inside your gates, O Jerusalem. Jerusalem is a well-built city; its seamless walls cannot be breached. All the tribes of Israel—the Lord’s people— make their pilgrimage here. They come to give thanks […]
I’ve got another video post for you this week. Thanks to the reader who contacted me with the question behind this one. And here’s a link to the article I mention in the video: The Problem with Self-Esteem. Enjoy!
Please enjoy this post from my friend Saleama Ruvalcaba (you can learn a little more about her and her book at the end of this post). Saleama is a writer, student, and home educator who loves to share her own story of transformation so others can find the freedom she has found. It was […]
I’ve always had trouble with school rules. This isn’t because I’m some kind of “rules are made to be broken” sort of person, although sometimes, like most kids, I did intentionally flout one rule or another. The more common problem was that I had a knack for accidentally discovering rules no one had bothered to […]
Burning with envy, I stared at that long dark hair as it fell over the plastic baby in the manger. It isn’t fair, I thought. I would make a great Mary. But there I was, once again clad in a white gown and sporting a battered pair of wings and a rickety halo made of […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
I’d like to introduce you to my friend Helen Cottee, a fellow coach and leader whose post I suspect will resonate with many of you. You can read about her work at the end of this post. In the meantime, enjoy this piece of her story and the encouragement she has for you. February […]
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