How to smile back at 2018

How to smile back at 2018

Don’t be deceived into thinking it’s meaningless to number your days.  It isn’t.  And don’t kid yourself into thinking it’s easy.  It’s not.  Indeed, the psalmist pleaded with God to help him do just that.  In Psalm 39:4 he cried out, “Show me, O LORD, my life’s end and the number of my days; let […]

If You Were Dying

If You Were Dying

In a tiny, 20-by-50-foot air pocket, 24 stories below the ground—nine miners huddled in frigid water—praying for their lives. In a cavern so dark they couldn’t see their hand in front of their face, the men passed the hours snuggled close to each other, and reminiscing about their families. At one point, when it seemed […]

Does the Bible Teach Spanking?

Does the Bible Teach Spanking?

Minnesota Viking running back Adrian Peterson has created a media storm because he spanked his son with a switch. After looking at the images of his son’s bruised legs and arms, I don’t think he spanked his son. He beat him.

In the last week I’ve read and listened to numerous views on the subject of corporal punishment. Frankly, most of what I’ve read would be opposed by anyone who cares for the welfare of children

The Power of Affirmation

The Power of Affirmation

A study of maladjusted students in a large Oklahoma high school reveals the importance of verbal affirmation. The counselors in the school first developed close relationships with ten of the school’s most troubled teenagers. Next the counselors asked the kids, “How long has it been since your parents told you they loved you?” Only one of the students could remember hearing it at all, and he didn’t remember when.