How to NOT Handle Conflict

Did you ever watch the show What Not to Wear? It was an interesting, entertaining show where a person with bad fashion sense would be nominated by friends, co-workers, or relatives to receive a makeover. More than that, though, the goal was to teach the women how to dress well and feel confident in who they are. As part of the show’s format, the hosts would go through the participant’s wardrobe, throwing out all of the terrible, ill fitting, outdated, or […]

By | 2018-06-20T08:14:09+00:00 February 14th, 2018|Culture, Spiritual Growth, Theology|

Context is Key: God Works All for God

I recently read a devotional about a major crisis a family went through in their quest to adopt a child from China. What was the crisis? The letter sent to the Chinese adoption agency, to reassure them of the mother’s health, was misinterpreted. So instead of telling the agency that she only had a five percent chance of reoccurrence, the translators accidentally stated that she only had a five percent chance of survival. Wow!

It’s funny—and in some ways, dangerous—when things […]

By | 2018-06-20T08:14:34+00:00 February 3rd, 2018|Culture, Spiritual Growth, Theology|

The Problem With Prejudices

My earliest memory with prejudice was from the second grade. One day, my teacher asked the students to draw a picture of what they wanted to be when they were older. I, a bright-eyed, naïve little chap, drew a picture of myself as the President of the United States of America. My teacher took one look at it and said to me, “You’ll never be President with your last name, sweetie.” Bam! Just like that, the dreams of a seven-year-old […]

By | 2018-06-20T08:15:37+00:00 January 4th, 2018|Christian Living, Culture|

Context is Key: Judge Not . . .

Have you ever seen a movie ad on TV? Those things always crack me up. Why? Because they’re so misleading! If you were to go by movie trailers, every movie ever made would be “epic,” a “cinematic thrill ride,” and “a masterpiece.” But if you actually read the full review, a lot of times, that one word or phrase looks more like this: “an epic disaster,” “the furthest thing from a cinematic thrill ride,” “this movie is not a masterpiece.”

I […]

By | 2018-06-20T08:16:24+00:00 October 23rd, 2017|Culture, Spiritual Growth, Theology|

Context is Key: The Desires of Your Heart

Have you ever entered a conversation midway? I often find one of two things happens when I’m in that situation: Either 1) I think to myself, What did I just walk into? as I hear something said in a vacuum that simply doesn’t make any sense to me or 2) I think I know what they’re talking about and then I chime in, only to discover I didn’t have all the facts.

In both cases, a misinterpretation or misunderstanding took place because I […]

By | 2018-06-20T08:17:43+00:00 January 29th, 2017|Culture, Spiritual Growth, Theology|