faith

Taking Chances

Taking Chances

It’s been a year now, and my time in some ways is up. Last June I was given a challenge to explore the wild, where “scary people” often drink and smoke and cuss without so much as a second thought. There, in the wild, parents enroll their kids in parks and rec sports without ever considering the option of Upwards. In the wild, instead of asking for “day sponsors” radio stations air commercials. It’s a delicate ecosystem that simultaneously celebrates diversity and drowns out divergent opinions. I crept softly so as not to spook the inhabitants and consequently be tamped down myself. Research was my disguise and discovery my agenda though I was always forthright about who I am…who I am professionally at least.

Prayer for our Kids

Prayer for our Kids

Matters of life and death are overwhelming. An understatement? Yes. It will drive you batty if you think about it too much. Lately I and my church have been considering our approach to some of the burning issues of the day.  That is what led me to challenge our congregants to consider their approach to the issue of abortion, reminding everyone including myself there is a difference between being pro-unborn-life and pro-all-of-life. Our pastor Alan spoke to the racial divide in our nation. Then my friend Dave asked us to consider our attitudes toward leaders, specifically political leaders; more specifically political leaders with whom we vehemently disagree on important matters of life and death. Most recently Alan brought to our attention the scourge of human trafficking. Since then I’ve been checking the tags on all my clothing, rolling my eyes in disgust. Most of it originates from countries where people my kids’ ages are forced…