Don’t Let the Darkness Eclipse the Light of Christmas

It’s dark outside, and today seems even darker than usual. And it should. Today there will be more darkness and less light than any other day of the year. Desmond Tutu insisted, “Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.” For those of us who live in the … More Don’t Let the Darkness Eclipse the Light of Christmas

7 Good Options for Online Advent Devotionals

Advent is a prime time for deepening or jumpstarting one’s devotional life. Devotional reading, contemplation, and prayer are disciplines that nurture our spiritual health in all seasons. And if you prefer to go “paperless” in your devotional reading there are many inspiring Advent resources available online. When I was in high school the student ministry … More 7 Good Options for Online Advent Devotionals

12 Simple Blessings I Never Want to Take for Granted

A few years ago, my wife and I spotted this folk proverb on a sign hanging in one of our favorite Smoky Mountain restaurants: “Simple pleasures are life’s treasures.”  It reminded me of an old tv commercial that proclaimed, “Life’s simple pleasures are the best.” Whatever one’s station or mission in life, little blessings should … More 12 Simple Blessings I Never Want to Take for Granted

When You Count Your Blessings, What Do You Count?

Philosopher Eric Hoffer once suggested, “The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.” I grew up in church singing the beloved hymn by Johnson Oatman, Jr., “Count Your Blessings.” What is a blessing? And when you “name them one by one,” what do you name? In my early years, … More When You Count Your Blessings, What Do You Count?

Strengthening Your EQ: 8 Tips for Managing Your Emotions

In the novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, there’s a line that says, “I don’t want to be at the mercy of my emotions. I want to use them, to enjoy them, and to dominate them.” In recent years, leadership training events have emphasized the importance of emotional intelligence. But emotional strength … More Strengthening Your EQ: 8 Tips for Managing Your Emotions

12 Insights for Navigating Marriage and Ministry

In her book, Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith, Anne Lamott suggests, “A good marriage is where both people feel like they’re getting the better end of the deal.”  However, I can readily identify with Winston Churchill’s assessment: “My most brilliant achievement was my ability to be able to persuade my wife to marry me.” … More 12 Insights for Navigating Marriage and Ministry