Category Archives: Christian

The Power of Doing Nothing

Busy, purposeful, efficient, enterprising — these are words of excellence and worth in American culture. When you think about it, the U.S. doesn’t actually have a culture, unless you consider going to work, thinking about ways to get rich, spending … Continue reading

Posted in america, Art, blogging, Christian, Culture, Daily Life, Encouragement, Family, inspirational, Life, Lifestyle, self-improvement, simple living | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

God Made the Boat. You’re the Boat. God’s Not Going to Burn up the Boat.

The American Evangelical “Christian” church has much to answer for in people’s confusion about God. After all, their central tenet is this: God made you. You’re a sinner. Because God is perfect and you’re a sinner, He can’t stand you … Continue reading

Posted in america, Art, Christian, church, Culture, Encouragement, Faith, God, inspirational, Life, Lifestyle, self-improvement, spirituality | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

The One Time It’s Good to Feel Small

Nobody likes feeling small — that feeling caused when one person lords him or herself over another. Or — something good, ordinary people feel every day — that helpless feeling we get after reading the paper, scrolling through social media, … Continue reading

Posted in Christian, Daily Life, devotional, Encouragement, Faith, God, inspirational, Life, Lifestyle, painting, spirituality | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

God Wants Us to Be Children, Not Stuffy, Boring, Arrogant Grown-ups

Children are fascinating. Oh, I know — kids are messy, noisy, disruptive. They break things, fall down and cry, tease one another, and chase any sensible cat or dog from the room simply by walking into it. But they are … Continue reading

Posted in children, Christian, Daily Life, devotional, Encouragement, God, home, inspirational, Life, Lifestyle, self-improvement, spirituality | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

Think Like a Child

Do you remember how you used to think as a child? Most of us don’t. Inoculated by the education and entertainment industries, we learned — while still far too young – to prize being cool over being honest. More important … Continue reading

Posted in acceptance, children, Christian, Culture, Daily Life, Encouragement, Faith | Tagged , , , , | 7 Comments

Is Anyone Interested in a Little Privacy?

Mother’s Day was brutal. Not because it was a bad one at our house — it was wonderful, filled with warmth and family and love, elements that make every day, and every holiday, special. No, it was the posts streaming … Continue reading

Posted in america, Art, Christian, Culture, Daily Life, Family, Life, Lifestyle, Relationships, simple living, Social Media | Tagged , , , , , | 3 Comments

Mind Control: The More You Read and Question, the Less It Happens

It’s easier to sit through a mindless movie than slog through a bad book. After all, most movies and TV shows demand little active brain involvement, so it’s possible (desirable, actually, from the perspective of the Media Myth Makers) to … Continue reading

Posted in america, books, Christian, Daily Life, Faith, Family, fine art, inspirational, Life, Lifestyle, mass media, Politics, reading, self-improvement, simple living | Tagged , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Skip the Trends and Be Yourself

For a nation that considers itself filled with maverick individuals, the U.S.A. is  increasingly a land of followers: we follow the leader, we follow fashions, we follow The Influencers, we follow trends. And in doing so — coolly repeating lines … Continue reading

Posted in Christian, Culture, Current Events, Daily Life, Faith, Family, God, mass media, media, self-improvement, spirituality | Tagged , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Why Do I Ask but Don’t Receive?

Christ’s words are challenging for us to believe, as is evidenced by the number of sermons attempting to explain away statements that seem fairly straightforward, like, ask and it will be given to you; or, don’t be anxious about what … Continue reading

Posted in Christian, Daily Life, Faith, God, inspirational, Relationships, religion, self-improvement, spirituality | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Church Christianity: Teaching Two Things That Can’t Be Simultaneously True

For years I struggled to believe two opposite statements that cannot possibly be true at the same time. But because they are standard teaching in evangelical church Christianity, and since for too long I believed that these statements reflect what … Continue reading

Posted in acceptance, Christian, church, Faith, God, Relationships, religion, spirituality | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment