Jim Daly

CP Contributor

Moral and Biblical Thoughts About Marijuana

My concerns aren't mainly legal ones, though. Does simply legalizing something make it a good option? My friends on the Physicians Resource Council of Focus on the Family have drawn attention to many of the downsides of marijuana: diminished cognitive function (including concentration, memory, learning and judgment), impaired motor skills, and decrease in motivation, not to mention health problems that may result from the irritating and toxic mix of chemicals that are inhaled when pot is smoked.

These 4 Things Will Help Keep Intimacy Alive During the Toddler Years

If you're the parent of a toddler, you might feel like you're too tired and busy to even think about sex with your spouse – and for good reason. Your sleep schedule is off. Work levels around the house are at an all-time high. If all that isn't enough, there's still a rambunctious toddler – or toddlers - that needs to be cared for, played with, loved on, and disciplined.

5 Things to Look for in a Pastor

October is Clergy Appreciation Month, a time when Christians are encouraged to express gratitude to their pastors, ministers and leaders. What makes a pastor a leader you can trust and follow and ultimately appreciate, not just every October but the other eleven months of the year?

Remembering Pastor Chuck Smith

By the time I accepted Christ in high school, the "hippie" movement was in full swing, as was the "Jesus movement" - a dynamic uprising of young Christians whose style and manner of worship was pretty unconventional, at least compared with that of the prior generation. Where I lived, many of these new believers were surfers and beach people. They were hungry for the Lord, but they didn't have much interest in anything traditional - especially getting all gussied up for Sunday church in neatly pressed suits and dress clothes.

On Vacations and Rest

Americans leave as many as 175 million available vacation days unused in the typical year. I can certainly understand the stresses that might prompt workers to eschew time off and vacations. The unfortunate result is more and more Americans are making do without times of rest and relaxation. But God Himself modeled the importance of rest for us.

On the Closure of Exodus International

Exodus' closing is being hailed by some as a victory and indication that Christians are abandoning long-held convictions that living with God's design for sexuality is possible through the power of Jesus Christ - that change is possible. The reality is that while Exodus will no longer exist, there are numerous Christian ministries that continue to provide excellent help

Five Questions and Answers About the Same-Sex Marriage Issue

The Supreme Court is expected to rule on two key marriage cases before the end of June. And as the nation awaits the decisions to the Prop 8 and DOMA and cases, good people are asking thoughtful questions on why marriage matters. However, it's not always easy to wade through the research and pundit talking points to get trustworthy information on this important issue. You might even find yourself in a conversation with a friend who might see things differently than you.

Colorado Fire Hits Our Area Again

Nearly one year since a massive wildfire decimated neighborhoods just to the west of our campus here in Colorado Springs, we once again find ourselves glued to news reports of devastating fires destroying homes in the area.

What a Viral Video Can Teach Us About Marriage Communication

"It's Not About the Nail" is a short video that's been making the rounds. It takes a humorous look at the differences in how men and women communicate – and if you've been married for at least five minutes, you can probably relate to what the couple in the clip is going through.

Is Online Dating Biblical?

Online dating is one of those subjects that Christians enjoy debating. In one camp, there are some who believe looking for love online betrays a lack of faith in God's provision of a spouse. In their view, the seemingly endless lists of online profiles creates a superficial consumer mentality that undermines the sacrificial nature of Christ-centered love.

Teach Them Why They Died So That We Might Live

So there are a lot of new things to teach our children. Important things. Critical things. But I would urge every parent to teach their children one more thing this week and emphasize it all the year through: Teach them about the meaning behind Memorial Day.

In Honor of Mom

I haven't hugged Jan Daly for over 40 years, but her love and prayers have followed me all my life. Our time together was too short, but I'd like to think I inherited Mom's playful wit and humor. I miss you, Mom.

Ten Reasons Kids Leave the Church

Of all the hats I wear in life, the one I enjoy most may be that of "dad." As much fun as Trent, Troy, and I have together, whether it's camping or just throwing the ball around, not a day goes by that I don't give serious thought to how my wife, Jean, and I are leading them spiritually.

Have You Heard About This Christian Scandal?

What if I told you there's a story circulating within the national media today about a controversial female Christian evangelist who's wrapped up in a scandal of major proportions? The married evangelist in question has been rumored to have had several extramarital affairs, even one with a well-known Hollywood celebrity. Known for her progressive theology, some have accused her of peddling feminist propaganda in the midst of her preaching.

My 'Foolish' Reaction to President Obama's Re-Election

As many Christians who see the confluence of our faith and the many issues of culture, we poured our hearts and souls into this year's election. We donated our time and gave of our treasure. We made phone calls. We helped to register and educate new voters. We prayed.