Archives For February 2018

The Problem with Boys

February 27, 2018 — Leave a comment

The gun discussion will go on. Now, it’s time to seriously discuss boys. They are the real issue.

Mitch Teemley

I don’t believe there’s a single fix-all solutionto America’s “gun problem.” I do believe gun sales need to be better monitored; that semi-automatic rifles should require even more tightly-controlled licensing (perhaps the NRA can help with this process, rather than fight it); that an early-warning system needs to be instituted among psychiatrists and psychologists (including school counselors), requiring additional counselling and clearance before flagged persons can purchase guns; and that much harder long-term sociological steps need to be taken.

But another crisis has emerged: The Problem with Boys. Last month, a high-schooler less than an hour from where I live shot eighteen people. The incident got limited national attention because “only” two kids died, a number that’s no longer front page worthy.

The 15 year old shooter’s answers to police questions were startling. He is not obviously “mentally disturbed.” What he is is deeply alienated: from his family…

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Bernard Nathanson had been a leader in the movement to liberalize America’s abortion laws. After he became, first, pro-life, and later, a Christian, he admitted that the pro-abortion side had lied. He and his colleagues had claimed, “that the number of illegal abortions was more than ten times higher than it actually was.”

After Nathanson’s conversion, Robert P. George had the opportunity to hear the former abortion doctor (Nathanson’s term) speak. George asked Nathanson a pertinent question: since he had been willing to lie in order to produce what he had thought was a good thing–legal abortion–would he now be willing to lie “to save babies”?

The question stunned Nathanson–but he answered no. When the two met privately later, Nathanson expanded upon his answer. Continue Reading…

The man told them his darkest secret. He had a problem with pornography.

Not a secret, really. He’d told others. But these were teens.

I wondered: Would parents call? Complain? Remove their kids from his supervision?

They didn’t. They knew something I did not know.

I was witnessing something I had seldom seen: transparency.

It’s when we let others see what makes us stumble–what our personal struggle is–the part we wish didn’t exist and we hope no one would ever know about.

But here he was spilling the chili beans out in the open right on the carpet for all to see.

Then I began to see. Kids opened up about their own struggles. Not right then and there, but over time. They were honest. They were transparent–just as he had been. Continue Reading…

He was a faithful man. Faithful to his Lord and his wife and his ministry.

He was one of the few “famous” evangelists who never seemed to stumble–who never got caught in a moral quagmire.

A lesser-known fact about evangelist Billy Graham is that he worked with Cardinal Karol Wojtyla in Poland to take the Gospel behind the Iron Curtain. When Graham landed in Wojtyla’s Poland, however, he was unable to meet with Wojtyla–who had been called to Rome to became Pope John Paul II.

Billy Graham preached in Wojtyla’s pulpit. He carried the Gospel wherever God led him–wherever people let him.

He was America’s pastor. He was the world’s pastor too.

He belonged fully and completely to Jesus Christ.

May we follow in his footsteps. Continue Reading…

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful, Colossians 3: 15.

Twenty-two years ago yesterday, I married my best friend. Only then we weren’t quite best friends yet.

God had brought us both through nasty forests before we could be together. But once we married, life was still not all sunshine. There were mountains to climb and valleys to endure. Sometimes life rained trials.

Joy comes with the sunshine. But marriage is hard work. It isn’t the days of sunshine that keep people together. It’s enduring the climbs, the low points, and the rain together.

We were impressed by the number of climbs we faced in one year alone. Continue Reading…

I’ve signed a contract with Morgan James Publishing for Restoring the Shattered (working title).

Restoring the Shattered discusses my experiences in poverty as a single mother and how Christians helped me and my children climb out of need. Our journey shows the power Christians manifest when they live out the Gospel for the sake of others.

Our family’s story illustrates common problems in our society, broken families and split communities, problems that reflect a splintered Church–whose fracturing means social problems will fall to government. And government does not hold the solution to society’s ills. So they grow worse.

But a Church acting in accord can provide solutions and can effectively lift people out of need into independence. That can happen if Christians will acknowledge that true believers come in all shapes and sizes–in more denominations than we might like to admit.

Restoring the Shattered considers the basis behind our differences–various doctrines, common misunderstandings, and the causes of the Reformation and other schisms. The original schism resulted from a misinterpretation of languages between East and West. Misunderstanding our faith languages feeds separation today. Continue Reading…

Big News Coming!

February 15, 2018 — Leave a comment

I remember the sermon–pieces of it–even though I heard it nearly four decades ago. The pastor explained the process by which dreams die.

The gist is this: You have a dream. You nurture it–feed it, cultivate it, pray over it, and wait. But it dies.

And just when your hope is gone, God resurrects it. Your dream that had died lives again.

My dream lives today.

And my big announcement is coming SOON!

(Hint) Tomorrow!

Staaaaaaaayyyyyyy tuned!

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“Uncommon valor was a common virtue,” Admiral Chester Nimitz said after the Battle of Iwo Jima in March of 1945.

Surely among the number Nimitz praised were servicemen who, in their younger days, had tried the patience of teachers convinced their young charges would amount to little in life.

Such was the case for three young men depicted in Clint Eastwood’s recently released The 15:17 to Paris.

The movie is not in danger of garnering any Oscars. It’s not a remarkable movie. But it tells a remarkable story. Continue Reading…

“Manhood must be demonstrated. It is largely an action. Womanhood is an essence. Manhood does. Womanhood is.” (Qtd. by Stanton)

That’s a statement many would challenge today. That there is a difference–and that the difference is significant.

Some might challenge the statement as religious. After all, it is largely in the orthodox corners of Christianity that such discussion happens at all today.

But this statement comes from a secular person–one who did not advocate biblical marriage and sexual purity. Continue Reading…

Messy Beauty

February 5, 2018 — Leave a comment

“People are messy; therefore, relationships will be messy. Don’t be surprised by messiness.” Tim Keller

We are a family–me, my husband, my children, and theirs. When my family was just me and young children, we were a beautiful mess of chaos and disorder that I constantly worked to organize. Managing five children often moving in five directions taught me that an ideal degree of order must by necessity contain some mess.

The messiness of life spills over into seven houses now with various degrees of order and chaos.

We are far from perfect. But perfection comes not in avoiding the mess–but in embracing the beauty of it. Continue Reading…