Are You Hiding The Light?

It was a favorite Sunday School song in my 1st grade class on Sundays! “This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine. This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine. This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine. Let it shine. Let it shine. Let it shine!” We would hold up our right index finger as we sang the song. What a nice memory. But then…

Merry Marymas!

I suppose the whole world couldn’t contain the poems, stories, and memories we children collect about our mothers. I know I owe much of my good qualities to the brave lady who raised me and my little brother. And the one quality I always remember is that, no matter what was going on in my life, I could always, and I mean always, count on my mom. The bond between mother and…

How Is Your Hearing?

It wasn’t any medical condition. And yet, she just stared at me. I know she heard me, but she didn’t want to do what I was saying. Of course, she was only 3 years old, and 3 year olds are notorious for not being able to “hear.” at times. It reminded me of a funny story I once heard. A man was explaining to a group of new parents that “science” has…

“Accept Me As A Fool”

There’s a great presentation by a friend of mine, Jonathan Pageau. Jonathan was a regular guest on my live show Faith Encouraged LIVE. His presentation from the first part of 2020 is called “The Fool in Scripture and Culture” (here’s a link).  The talk is worth your time, but the gist of the talk is that when society is chaotic, watch the fools in society and watch how they use folly and…

Authority ISN’T About Power!

“Don’t let anybody push you around!” I had just gotten into my very first fist fight, and I lost! It was humiliating. So, after this guy punched me in the nose I went to the principal’s office to complain about this bully. The principal was very understanding and helped me, but then he gave me the advice I quoted about, and now, after living over 6 decades on earth, I’m convinced he’s…

Is Powerlessness REALLY The Problem?

What confuses me most about today’s societal chaos is the whole idea of “empowerment.” It strikes me as so very misplaced and wrongheaded. Now, don’t get me wrong, I understand the motivation of wanting to correct a feeling of powerlessness. I’m just convinced that the current method being championed by those who keep on insisting they are defenders of the powerless are simply wrong. their methods don’t, in the end, address powerlessness…

Are You A Peaceful Person?

Why all the drama? OK, I have to confess, I am no fan of drama for drama’s sake, and I’m in the house with two daughters who excel in drama! “She touched me” “She’s looking at me” WHAT? She’s “looking at you? Really? I guess I didn’t get the “drama” gene, because nothing sets me off quicker than high decibel whining and drama! Can’t stand it! Whew, glad I got that off…

Well, That’s Just The Way I Am. Really?

I was watching a well known leadership teacher speak recently (I like to keep up with this world since I find this both helpful and cautionary) and he was commenting about the necessity of making decisions to change. And he used some commonly heard excuses about why someone doesn’t live up to their potential: “I am not a leader. Then CHANGE and become a leader!” I get where he’s coming from and…

Why You Fast is Important

When I was just learning about the Orthodox Faith, I was struck by the wisdom of fasting from certain foods. You see, I had been raised to think that a fast was no food at all, just water. And I would hear stories of Pentecostal pastors “fasting” for a month or even 40 days and “great miracles” occurring because of their fasting. So, of course, I tried that and failed every time…

The Strange Allure of The Bad Guys

Perspective changes everything. Just take for example the modern tendency to hold up the anti-hero as someone to be admired or at least respected, and sometimes, even cared for. This is especially true in several contemporary television series. From Tony Soprano to Walter White of Breaking Bad fame, it seems our modern media is desperate for us to see the “good side” of being evil. They seem to be telling us that…