When my wife and I purchased our first home, I determined our lawn would be at least comparable to that lovely lush landscape of the guy two doors down. Our street took a lot of pride in curbside appeal. I joined them in the weekly ritual of weeding, seeding, planting, mowing, watering, raking, trimming and brimming with pride. I spent a lot of time rooting shrubs and...
Author: Thabiti Anyabwile
Momma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy. This old saying shows up a lot on t-shirts, coffee cups, and wall plaques. It’s supposed to make us smile, but it annoys me. Shame on Momma for being so self-centered and narcissistic that she manipulates people with her emotional moods. Momma is a bully. A mature mother would have this attitude: Even though I may not be happy, I want...
Author: Don McMinn
Dr. Chet Weld continues the discussion of identifying and healing hurts. If we bury emotions, we bury them alive and they will always surface in destructive ways that sabotage our relationships. He provides helpful tools for handling our pain.
Topic: Emotional Health
We live in a "selfie" society. Here's what Dr. Allen Josephson has to say about it; "It goes without saying that narcissists have an inflated view of themselves, one that frequently masks a hidden sense of emptiness and inferiority. What’s not so obvious, according to Laity Leadership Senior Fellow Allan Josephson, M.D., is that those who are in relationship with a narcissist...
Author: Allen Josephson
Dear Roger, I have been reading about King David, called the "man after God's own heart." I know he asked God for forgiveness, but what about everyone else he hurt? Did he ever apologize to them? Sincerely, Katlyn Dear Katlyn, King David apologized to God for his adultery with Bathsheba in Psalm 51:4: "Against You , and You alone I have sinned. I have done what...
Type: Ask Roger
Author: Roger Barrier
Youth Pastor Seth-Kreimeyer-Kelly deals with sensitive issues like sexual abuse and divorce to provide comfort and encouragement to hurting teens as well as relational tools for successful living.
Scripture: Genesis, Genesis, Genesis, Genesis, Genesis
Marilyn Morris, founder and president of Aim For Success, Inc. and author of Teens, Sex and Choices and ABCs of the Birds and Bees for Parents of Toddler to Teens has been sharing the message of sexual abstinence for 23 years. She has been featured on the Discovery Channel, the Jane Pauley Show, National Public Radio (NPR – "All Things Considered") and in Rolling...
Dear Roger, What does the Bible say about swearing? Sincerely, David Dear David, Swearing is as old as the human race. The Bible is filled with examples of people who swore. Let me share and comment on several verses which apply and then share several Biblical principles that might help us all in determining our level of swearing—or not swearing! But, first let’s...
Type: Ask Roger
Author: Roger Barrier
Topic: Preaching & Teaching, Church and Culture, Discipleship
If you grew up in a conservative evangelical church like I did, it is possible there is a story from the Bible that was repeatedly used to teach you about sex – the story of David and Bathsheba in 2nd Samuel chapters 11 and 12. While our teachers’ intentions were good, the way the story was taught has planted seeds in our minds that have grown into weeds we must now deal with...
Author: Jeff Elkins
Our town still has one of those old-fashioned markets with little stalls piled high with fruit and vegetables, and the vendors calling out their best deals, each one clamouring for our attention and our money. It is a busy, bustling, noisy sort of place to go, and there's always lots to see as barrow-loads of fresh stuff wind their way through the crowds to restock the...
Author: Karen Holford