Have you watched the news lately? Most of the recent stories cause me to feel frustrated, anxious, fearful, sometimes angry, and frankly, disturbed. Lately, our daily dose of bad news has included the IRS scandal, a poor economy, mandated insurance, horrific local crime and chaos, and reports of terror threats targeting the Olympics. As icing on the cake, the news from our own families and close friends can also be disturbing – illness, job loss, foreclosure, divorce, and crumbling friendships all feel overwhelming.
With all the bad news I sometimes wonder what the world is coming to!
Naturally one question continually comes to mind as we contemplate the news of the day – why? It's normal to ask why, but it is not reasonable to expect the answer to an unanswerable question. When we ask why, we really are wanting an explanation. Somehow, I doubt that the explanation would make sense to most of us this side of heaven. I've found that asking why keeps me stuck in a cycle of frustration, anger, and anxiety. more >>
A 10-year-old Michigan boy who told his mother that he didn't want to have a party to celebrate his 11th birthday next month because he had no friends, now has more than 1.7 million of them on Facebook, but he doesn't know it yet.
Two Sundays ago Michigan mom, Jennifer Cunningham, created a Facebook page titled "Happy Birthday Colin" and told the heartbreaking story about why her son, Colin, who suffers from Asperger's Syndrome, didn't want a party for his birthday.
"I am Colin's mom, I created this page for my amazing, wonderful, challenging son who is about to turn 11 on March 9," began Cunningham in a note she posted on Feb. 2. more >>
A group of Christian bloggers is partnering with South African-based organizations and local churches to raise $150,000 to build a community center in the city of Muabane that will benefit adults and orphans in need of food security and employment opportunities.
Lisa Jo-Baker, a Virginia-based mother and blogger considers herself the storyteller of the initiative and hopes to rally moms with the same heartfelt need to help raise the funds between Valentine's Day and Mother's Day.
"It's a terrifying amount! There's no way I could possibly accomplish it myself. But as scared as I get and as much as I wanted to hide from this call, I felt certain that I heard God's quiet challenge to me and it sounded a lot like Him saying, 'I dare you to lose face.' So I'm all in," said Baker to The Christian Post. more >>
While driving my children to school recently I received a critical question. My 8-year old daughter asked, "Daddy do we have any gay friends?"
A critical and important question for such a time as this. Nothing in our previous conversation that morning mentioned homosexuality. I was almost blindsided. Yes, even our young children are caught in the obvious crossfire of subliminal cultural messages. Honestly, a tremendous educational opportunity (father/parent to child) arose. Fatherly, I am "the man at the city gate."
As men at the city gates... "We ward off and defend against anything that threatens and seeks to destroy our society. The men at the city gate signify stability for our communities and society. The men at the city gate observe and know everyone that belongs within and those that don't. The men at the city gate are prepared to confront those elements that threaten to destroy us and do not belong within our walls. Because the men at the city gate rise to the occasion righteously, our society finds godly peace and rest." more >>
Beth Nimmo, the mother of the first victim killed in the 1999 Columbine High School massacre, spoke about her daughter's legacy and the taunting she endured for her faith at a Florida prayer breakfast event on Tuesday.
Nimmo's heartfelt speech focused on the issues of cliques and bullying in American youth culture and how hope can exist in the midst of tragedy.
"Our children are paying the highest price possible for decisions that we've made as a country, as a culture," Nimmo said at the annual Marco Island Prayer Breakfast, according to Marco Island news outlet. "They have been taken capture by the ways of the world, by the culture, by the lifestyles that have just submarined them, as far as how they believe life is supposed to be lived." more >>
"Fast and Furious" actor and R&B singer Tyrese Gibson set off a fiery debate on his Facebook page Tuesday, when he questioned whether people abuse their relationship with God when they pray to not get caught doing wrong.
"I think it's real interesting that I find a lot of people take their access for granted. Have you ever done something really stupid and find yourself praying that you didn't get caught?" asked Gibson in a video he shared with his more than 10 million fans Tuesday morning.
The entertainer who has increasingly been tackling more existential and spiritual issues on his social media platforms since the death of friend actor Paul Walker last November implied in the video that he feels it is abusive to have that relationship with God but invited his fans to weigh in on the issue as well. more >>