All posts in Heroes

“One Day You’re Going to Help Somebody”

I’d like to introduce you to my friend Charity Muhammad. As you may know, I started a new job a few months ago, as an acquisitions editor for Moody Publishers, and Charity is one of my co-workers. As I’ve gotten to know her and a bit of her story, I’ve become eager to tell you […]

Mariah Carey Beat Stigma. You Can Too.

This week, singing star Mariah Carey made an announcement that was a long time in the making: back in 2001, she was diagnosed with bipolar II disorder. She has recently made the decision to treat it and to share her story. Carey is not the first celebrity to acknowledge a struggle with mental illness, but […]

Devotion: Real Strength and Courage

After conquering her enemies and defending the weak, the superheroine peels off her mask and gently pats the flesh wound on her shoulder, where her costume was torn (again) in the heat of battle, exposing her flesh. She would have her costume repaired in time for the next battle, and the wound would heal. In […]

Guest Post: What Bible Characters Got Wrong So You Don’t Have To

I’d like to introduce you to my friend Janelle Alberts (you can read more about her and her work at the end of this post). She’s got great things to say, and she says them in a way that both disarms and convicts me on a regular basis. She has a particular talent for helping […]

Don’t Let Worry Send You to the Sidelines

In a recent post on Leadership Journal’s PARSE blog, Joel Looper quoted some incisive words from German pastor and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer: “It always seems to me that we leave room for God only out of anxiety.” This quotation–and the entire article–captured my attention because I’ve been thinking and writing a lot about worry and […]

We Should All Be More Like Antoinette Tuff

Antoinette Tuff should be everyone’s hero. Last week, she stopped Michael Brandon Hill, a violent and desperate young man, from following through on an apparent planned mass shooting in an Atlanta-area elementary school. Tuff had been trained in crisis response, but otherwise, on the surface, she was not the perfect person for this job. She’s […]

Guest Post: Blessed Are the Poor

My friend Karen (you can read more about her and her beautiful book at the end of this post) has provided this post, describing a story of personal transformation. Through financial crisis, she learned an important lesson we all need. This year, during Easter Vigil at Old St. Pats Catholic church in Chicago, I sat […]

Life, Death, and Generosity

A week ago last Friday, at 9:00 a.m., I cried and prayed for the family whose devastating sorrow would mean a new lease on life for my brother-in-law, Dan. I wrote about Dan, my sister, Cheryl, and their four children in a blog post back in January. Last year, Dan was diagnosed with the rare […]

My Sister, My Hero

Let me tell you about one of my heroes. My sister Cheryl is three years older than me. When we were growing up, we rarely got along. In fact, I’m having a hard time remembering any warm, fuzzy sister moments between us. I do remember several screaming matches and some punches, but fortunately things have […]

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