TMI: Keep Your Eyeballs to Yourself

Last week at a school orchestra concert, I saw two moms engaged in a heated argument while the poor assistant principal tried to mediate. My husband, a school counselor, mediates these kinds of conflicts all the time–usually between moms, usually over a conflict that actually belongs to their kids. It reminded me of the time […]

Why Are “Psychos” So Scary?

Last week, on my way to a lunch meeting, I drove by a billboard advertising a Halloween attraction called Statesville Haunted Prison. I suspected it somehow capitalized on mental illness, so I looked it up. Sure enough, Chicagoland’s “greatest haunted house” is a celebration of popular cliches about mental illness–among other stupidities. The prisoners have […]

How NFL Referees (Like the Rest of Us) Proved Their Value

“Oh, Now You Love Us.” That’s the headline overlaying a picture of beloved NFL referee Ed Hochuli, staring at me from the cover of the Sports Illustrated issue I pulled from my mailbox this morning. Referees, players, and fans are all breathing a sigh of relief after September 29, when the NFL officially ended its […]

Should Churches Differentiate?

A few years ago, in a show of solidarity with my daughter, I reread the classic Little House on the Prairie books and Anne of Green Gables. One phenomenon I noticed this time around (probably because I’m in the habit of thinking about church leadership) was that the books’ churchgoing characters didn’t have to choose […]

Why We Need Time Alone with God

  The Everyday Matters Bible is a new Bible for women, just released by Hendrickson Publishing in partnership with Christianity Today/Today’s Christian Woman. Here is a short devotional article I wrote for the Bible and got permission to share with you as well . . .   Richard Foster, in his classic Celebration of Discipline, […]

Take Heart–We’re Not the Center of the Universe

I recently enjoyed the book The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet and learned something new about world and Christian history. I didn’t know that the Christian church in Japan dates back at least to 1549 and some believe it may go back much farther, to 400 AD. In the 1600s, a period of intense […]

How Vegetarians Love Our Neighbors

When I was eight, we spent part of a year living across a country road from a cattle feedlot. This was a plot of land dedicated to feeding a few thousand cattle. The cattle’s owners, mostly investors, kept them there on consignment so they could spend their short lives mostly standing around and eating. They […]

Squinting Up at the Light

Beth turned on the car radio and turned her attention to the headache she had been ignoring all day. It was sitting behind her eyes, pressing on them maliciously and at the same time hammering at her temples. It was the kind of headache that must afflict the people on TV commercials for pain medicine, […]

Why Christians Should Be More Respectful This Election

This year, I’m happy to say I haven’t watched a single TV ad endorsing candidates for this fall’s election. This is because I actively avoid them. I also refuse to watch shows featuring people bickering about the election. I don’t watch debates, I rarely read news articles about candidates at any level. And I certainly […]

Jesse Jackson Jr’s Shame on Us

In another installment of the unfolding story about Jesse Jackson Jr’s mental health, last week former U.S. Representative Patrick Kennedy reported on a visit to Jackson at the Mayo Clinic. Jackson is under treatment for bipolar disorder, a mood disorder that typically causes sufferers to swing between extreme emotional highs and lows. Bipolar disorder causes […]

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