Monthly Archives: November 2014

The Dangers of Staying Asleep

At my house, if you walk away from the toaster, your breakfast will burn. In the same way that people in my household who want decent toast do not leave the room or drink tea, dreamily incognizant  of the evil appliance … Continue reading

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If We Don’t Trust God Enough, Does He Still Answer Our Prayers?

Commonsense goes a long way, and if we used more of it, we wouldn’t rely on Dr. Phil, or Oprah, or, within the religious realm, the myriad of psycho-spiritual counselors writing books telling us how to live our lives to . . … Continue reading

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When a Christian Leaves the Group

Self-defense is a good thing to know — many women wish we possessed enough simple martial arts skill that we could tumble an assailant to the ground, whimpering. But physically defending ourselves isn’t the only arena of importance, and even if we can’t find, or afford, … Continue reading

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Autumn Dance: The Story of This Painting

Autumn Dance: The Story of this Painting by Steve Henderson at Start Your Week with Steve — Autumn is a season of transition, and one of its best aspects is also its worst: one day, it can be bone-chilling cold, … Continue reading

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Love without Fear — Want That?

“Jesus is love.” How often do we hear this? If we’re around Christians, or within Christian circles, then we’ve probably heard it a lot. At the same time, however, it wouldn’t be unusual if we were confused, because, though people talk about Jesus, and … Continue reading

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Bullying from the Pulpit

I don’t tend to keep up on “Christian News,” because it pretty much looks like the standard misinformation and disinformation that the rest of the media world puts forth, only with the words “Jesus” and “God” thrown in enough to … Continue reading

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Speaking up for Truth — Even at Church

We humans are funny creatures: we extol how unique and individual we are, and yet we like to belong to groups. The two can go together, sort of, but the larger the group, the more the pressure on the person … Continue reading

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Christians: Do It Your Way, Not Tradition’s

One of the problems of formal, prescriptive Bible studies is that, frequently, they mooooooooooove soooooooooooo slooooooooooowly through the Scriptures, focusing on one or two verses at a time and haranguing the poor words until they collapse, exhausted, and pant out, … Continue reading

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Autumn Sail — The Story of This Painting

The story of the painting, Autumn Sail, by Steve Henderson at Start Your Week with Steve: Anyone who spends any time at all outside knows that not all days are sunny and warm — what we term “perfect.” And while … Continue reading

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God Knows We Don’t Confuse Him with Santa Claus

As Christians, we scold ourselves a lot, not the least of which is about prayer. Have you heard this one? “God isn’t Santa Claus, you know, and He gets tired of our putting a wish list in front of Him … Continue reading

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