The Words Christians Throw Like Confetti

A single day brought good news from several friends: A young mom seems to be beating the odds against a virulent cancer; a family friend finally landed a new job; an elderly loved one made it through a difficult surgery. Each time I caught myself responding, “God is good!” As I typed the words one last time, I realized I, like (more…)

When Words Become Toxic

So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them.—Genesis 1:27

For years now, my husband has been complaining about a trend in TV commercials and shows in which men are depicted as cavemen-like bumbling fools. But you can always count on the woman to set others right.

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The Only Box That Ever Contained God

And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths and laid Him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.—Luke 2:7

Many people people today try to put God inside a box. There’s Cosmic Genie God, who lives to grant our wishes. There’s Social Justice Warrior God, whose primary concern is equity. (more…)

Give Thanks in All Things

Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.—1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

I love Thanksgiving. I love the family gatherings and the food and the laughter and the photos and the traditions and all the leftovers. I love having a long weekend to enjoy with loved ones. I love the fact that Thanksgiving (more…)

Knowing God vs. Knowing About God

You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.—James 2:19

Years ago, I worked for the popular pastor of a large church. People were draw by his charismatic personality. He shared so many personal anecdotes in his messages that people felt they knew him. This made for some borderline creepy scenarios, both in person and via email. 

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