Reflections about the 4th.

As this post falls on a 4th of July weekend in the U.S., I thought it would be fun to share the shortest inaugural speech in history. Delivered by George Washington on February 13, 1793 for his second term, the speech is only 135 words. I find it fascinating to compare THIS speech to those […]

Evidence that Children and Short Lives Matter

Last week when I wrote about the words  EXCEPT and CONTINUE HERE , I mentioned an evil king of Israel named Jeroboam who continued to sin throughout his entire reign. Bad news for Jeroboam When Jeroboam’s young son, Abijah, became very sick, Jeroboam sent his wife to a prophet named Ahijah at Shiloh to find out “what […]

New Ways to Consider These Two Words

    EXCEPT or CONTINUE This week I was doing some bible reading and ran across a verse I have pondered but don’t think I have ever written about: For David had done what was pleasing in the LORD’s sight and had obeyed the LORD’s commands throughout his life, EXCEPT in the affair concerning Uriah the […]

Are we persuading well?

Every company has an advertising, marketing and public relations department. Though they overlap in responsibility and work in united fashion, the nuanced differences between them are as follows: Advertising: Creates the ad. Marketing: Disperses the ad. Public Relations: Keeps the public thinking positively about the company, product or candidate. Persuasion is a natural component of […]

I have consumed trash.

A wise person is hungry for knowledge, while the fool feeds on trash. (Proverbs 15:14, NLT) Summer has begun. For many of us, that means more unstructured minutes in our day and more temptation to spend time on screens. Each platform on our devices is luring us to sign on, and algorithms are configured to make […]

Lesson from a Shopping Cart

I parked my car at the mall on a Friday morning. I had arrived an hour early to take a Zoom call from my phone prior to my scheduled hair appointment right when the mall opened. It had rained on and off on my travels in, and the skies remained gray and threatening. Strong gusts […]

The Silent Killer of Relationships — or at least one of them

A few weeks ago a friend sent me an interview on video between a relationship expert and pastor* that reminded me of the dangers of expectations in relationships. If we have expectations in a relationships — meaning we expect a particular level of performance — then two things will happen. 1. We will be disappointed […]

We have the power to do our “jobs.”

One of my pet peeves in life is when someone is given a job title without the power to do to the job well. For example, a person is hired to be a cashier but then has to call a manager to open the drawer if he or she accidentally closes the drawer prematurely. Powerless. […]

God picks our addresses, not us.

Surprise! The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit. (John 3:8) This is such a fun and intriguing verse. To me it has always meant Christ followers can never know when […]

The Wales Window

16th Street, Birmingham This weekend I traveled with a group of ladies to visit the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. The church is a national landmark because of its centralized role as a gathering spot during the civil rights movement and for the suffering that occurred September 15, 1963 when the church was […]