A Kentucky Catholic high school for girls has launched a campaign aimed at dispelling “silly fairy tales.” “You’re not a princess,” a Mercy Academy ad reads. “But you can still rule the world.” The ads and promotional video are part of the school’s effort to encourage young women to write their own story and “don’t wait for a prince. Be able to rescue yourself.”
I was a young pastor, and I was sure everybody in the church was kind, gracious, and Christian. Everybody would treat everybody else with the love of God. Needless to say, it didn't take me long to learn that even in the church are people who don't quite get there. Some people are really hard to love.
What did the pope see when he embraced a disfigured man in St. Peter’s Square? If you read news reports about the scene, the answer is clear: the pope saw someone who was suffering; someone in need of compassion. And certainly that is what many of us saw as well. We witnessed an elevated religious leader touch someone whom many would find untouchable.
Last month my wife and I celebrated our 5th anniversary. Each year is better than the one before, and we thank God for the time we have together. Nothing can prepare you for living with a full length mirror that shows you the snags, flaws and issues you haven’t seen before. As a tradition, we take time together to reflect on what God has done in our marriage over the previous year. It is a moment of celebration we enjoy together as we recount the pains and joys of our marriage.
About a week ago I began deleting all photos and videos of my children from the Internet. This is proving to be no easy task. Like many parents, I’ve excitedly shared virtually every step, misstep and milestone that myself and my children have muddled our way through.
Type the word “dating” into your bible search tool and what comes up? Nothing. When I was single, I remember wishing there was an entire book of the bible dedicated to the topic, or at least even a chapter. But though Scriptures are filled with foundational life-changing truths, there are still some topics that are left untouched when it comes to finding a biblical perspective.
Meditation engages the mind with God’s revealed truth in order to inflame the heart with affections towards God and transform the life unto obedience. Thomas Hooker defined it like this: “Meditation is a serious intention of the mind whereby we come to search out the truth, and settle it effectually upon the heart.”