Me, Saint Paul, and Everyone Else: On Not Doing What We Would Do

I had an extended conversation with a student today regarding whether or not people ever can and do change. While he remained cynical about anyone's attempt to become different, perhaps even better, than a former self, I maintained that we all can change through God-given free will. I argued that we can pause before we …

Escape Artist: On Email, Social Media, and the Hope of Something Better

Every semester my students and I discuss social media at least once, no matter what the course topic might be. It is always interesting to observe their conflicting points of view regarding the use of social media by themselves and their peers. They know they have bad habits, but can't seem to shake them. In …

TIRED: On Being Beaten Down So You Can Finally Look Up

I'm tired. My daughter has been sick and so have I, and I'm exhausted from the mutual lack of sleep and strain of having an ill three-year-old whose treatment of inhaled steroids only increases her emotional instability. But it's more than that. I'm tired of worrying about: My body (size, shape, stubbornness) If people like …

On Gratitude: Being Thankful for God’s Blessings Rather Than Asking For More

My Beloved Sunday School teacher Dawn recently challenged our class to pray at least once a day without asking for anything. This was much easier said than done, and revealed to me how much I take from God without even a genuine¬†word of thanks. Prayer has always been difficult for me. Over the years it …