What Facebook—and Twitter, Instagram, and (maybe even) Snapchat—can teach about witnessing to Jesus

Today is my anniversarissy. That’s not a typo. “Anniversarissy” is the word formed by combining “anniversary” and “Missy” (my legal first name), and it’s the word my then-boyfriend-now-husband invented to celebrate the day when we first began dating. It happened on August 23, 1990, and we haven’t fallen apart yet.

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In celebration of this, our 28th anniversarissy, I posted a message to Facebook about it. I wrote much of the same things I just shared, along with a photo taken just a few years after that fateful day. I don’t have a photo of us on August 23, 1990, since that was long before the days of cell phones and the ubiquitous selfie.

Why did I post it? That’s an interesting question. [Read more…]

When to ask why

I was sitting in a darkened sanctuary two Sundays ago with a few of our youth. Their friend Dakota had just died. Through tears, one asked, “Why? Why would God do this?”

“God didn’t do this,” I replied. “God didn’t look down from the sky tonight and say, ‘Her, I want her.’ We just live in bodies that aren’t made to last, and sometimes bad things happen. That’s why God gave us a better life, an eternal life, to come.”

I don’t know if the youth bought it or not. [Read more…]

A new year

Repentance is a big hairy word that few particularly like.  It carries a lot of baggage with it. It’s a word that’s been used as a battering ram on folks’ hearts, when really it was intended as an invitation.  To repent, simply put, is to change, literally, to turn around.  It’s to admit you’ve been headed in the wrong direction, and to turn around to head in the right direction, God’s direction, following God’s directions.

Repentance isn’t about what we can do.  It’s about what we can’t do, not alone.

Take a list of New Year’s resolutions, for instance, and remove the silly stuff and promises we’ll break before we even get the kids back to school. Take those away until the list includes what really matters:  the practice of our faith, our health, our relationships.  The things on any list, the things we might really need to change, are things we can’t change, not alone.

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