12 Gifts of ChristX – Peace

If I were to ask you to say the first thing that comes to mind when I say “peace,” it’s unlikely you would respond with “Jerusalem.” Unless it was Opposite Day. The Middle… Continue reading

12 Gifts of ChristX – Belonging

Curse you, Madison Avenue. Your perfect little family Christmas….you know, with all the smiles and hugs, the busy kitchen and cozy fireplace, the beautiful and bountiful presents under the tree and sons and… Continue reading

12 Gifts of ChristX

  On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me,A partridge in a pear tree. On the second day of Christmas…blah, blah, blah A partridge in a pear tree? Seriously?… Continue reading

The Big Guy

It’s time to haul out and dust off my poignant, heart-warming, Hallmark Channel-worthy Christmas commentary. The one about how I hate Santa. Grab a tissue. I expect I’m about to be called a… Continue reading

Turn that frown upside-down

Thanksgiving is almost here, and friends on Facebook have been posting what they’re thankful for every day this month. I’m a pretty grateful type so I considered doing that. But then I thought… Continue reading

That’s why we get monthly bills

I can’t remember Thanksgivings. With nine brothers and sisters, who eventually were bringing spouses and children, you would think every one would be memorable, if only for the chaos and commotion. But my… Continue reading

The wise vote right

Lots of influential people are stumping for their preferred candidates in this week before the mid-terms. God also is throwing his unmatched weight behind his picks. Somebody please put this on a billboard.… Continue reading

Parents practice this prayer principle

If we had good parents, and/or are good parents, we’ve experienced this. When a child asks for something special, his or her behavior factors into whether or not the something is given. You… Continue reading

Some possibly true positions on prayer

A note to the reader as I continue my series on prayer: I could be wrong. Shocking, I know. I’ve been pondering problems with prayer, praying for perspicacity, and putting my presumptions into… Continue reading

A particularly powerful problem

I have to believe that prayer is not meant to be problematic. No passage in the Bible that I can think of suggests that it is. And I am not suggesting that everyone… Continue reading

Even more problems

Many Christians have at least one story of how God answered prayer for them. I have a pretty cool one that I shared a number of years ago. You can find it here.… Continue reading

More problems, pray tell?

We truly are in a battle for the soul of the nation, just not in the sense that our president means it. We are in an ever-escalating spiritual war battling the enemy of… Continue reading

This is what passes for virtue today

Before I talk about prayer anymore I have to say something about parents and perversion. Little children are being sexualized…in the schools, in the entertainment media, and in “kid-friendly” drag queen shows. You… Continue reading

Problems, pray tell?

The struggle is real. How do I use this hotline to heaven without getting stymied and stumbling, or wondering and wandering, or doubting and dropping the call? How do I pray well? Prayer… Continue reading

The love we need

She was poor and downtrodden. With little to call her own and even less hope for a better future, she felt virtually enslaved by her helplessness. But worse than this, she was disagreeable,… Continue reading