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Perspective on Awards Day

(Originally posted May 30, 2013) It’s that time of year when children can be tempted to think their value is measured in Standards of Learning scores or report card grades or how many certificates they receive on Awards Day or whether they are named MVP at the sports banquet. These things are so hard for…… Continue reading Perspective on Awards Day

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Free Lunch, Government Programs & Entitled Brats

There has been a lot of talk recently in our nation about government handouts and free lunch and feelings of entitlement. Last month at the Conservative Political Action Conference, Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, made what appeared to be a joke about telling Bernie Sanders there is no such thing as a free lunch. In December,…… Continue reading Free Lunch, Government Programs & Entitled Brats

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Why I Migrated Away From The Tribe of Right-Wing, Conservative, Evangelical Christians

Recently several different people have expressed surprise (not in a  good way) that I have changed in the past five to ten years. I have had so many responses rolling in my head for months now that I decided it warranted coming out of blog-hiatus to write. So here it is – why I migrated…… Continue reading Why I Migrated Away From The Tribe of Right-Wing, Conservative, Evangelical Christians

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Christians, Refugees, and the Threat of the Trojan Horse

By now, we have all heard about the Syrian refugee crisis. Many Christian leaders and teachers are encouraging Christians to “stand up and be the Church,” as Ann Voskamp puts it. But as I scroll through Facebook or search for information about the Syrian refugees on the Internet, I also see dire warnings about how this…… Continue reading Christians, Refugees, and the Threat of the Trojan Horse

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When The Novelty of Snow Wears Off

All week, we have had snow and temperatures much too cold for a state that was part of the Confederacy. With more snow today and negative numbers on the thermometer tomorrow, my children may not go to school for the rest of the week. Naturally, I am thinking back to this post I wrote last February, when my children…… Continue reading When The Novelty of Snow Wears Off

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When God Disappoints Us

Sometimes I read the Psalms and I think David had multiple personality disorder. One second he’s crying out in anguish that God has forgotten him, forsaken him, that God remains silent and hides his face. Then with the very next breath, David is saying things like, “I will sing to the Lord, for he has…… Continue reading When God Disappoints Us

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The Elephant On My Plate

Sometimes life is hard. Sometimes that’s because one really big, really bad thing is going on. Sometimes it’s the hundred little things piling on. Lately, I’ve had a hundred little things piling on. Small stresses adding up. And the past couple days I have indulged in quite the full-blown pity party. The thoughts and emotions…… Continue reading The Elephant On My Plate