Most will agree, our culture has moved to identity politics in an effort to answer the question, who am I. The identities include victim, survivor, republican, democrat, liberal, conservative, white, black, brown, man, woman, straight, LGBTQ, married, single, widowed, divorced and the list goes on. These identities serve as a basis for many to build their whole lives upon. Christianity offers an identity that transcends biology, roles and station in life.Read More
In a world that tells us it's only physical, experience tells us something different regarding sex. An inappropriate touch to severe sexual abuse stays with people their whole lives and carries a darkness that touches the soul. Of life's regrets, more often than not, sexual history is often a factor for many. Emotional, physical and mental health is impacted by sexual activity.Read More
In many churches, children and youth programs as well as couples ministry emphasis can make people feel that not being married makes them somewhat incomplete (or 2nd class). For the single (including divorced, widows and widowers) such emphasis can imply they don't fit in or belong; this is not the way it's supposed to be.Read More
We're all made with the capacity to love. What we love we will defend, value and pursue. When I say I love Jesus, one would be right in asking me the following: Do I love him like my little sister—because my parents told me to? Do I love him like a Netflix series—love to watch but when its done—I don't need it anymore?Read More
In a Washington Post article entitled, Are You A Work Marty Brigid Schulte notes 40% of Americans don't take all their vacation, leaving 430 million days of unused paid vacation a year.
Somewhere along the line we, Americans in particular, are seeing work as somehow validating our existence. What we do is informing who we are. Authors Staats and Geno write in a Harvard Business Review article, It's The Weekend! Why Are You Working!, many simply find joy in their work. Work can consume us; however, at the same time we enjoy it.