How Do You Honor an Abusive Parent?

It would be so much easier if God had asked only that we honor our parents if they are good, kind and loving to us, but the command of Exodus 20:12 is “Honor your father and mother,” period. Ephesians 6:1 says to “obey” them. There are many hurt and damaged people who find these commandsContinue reading “How Do You Honor an Abusive Parent?”

The Artist at His Wheel

In the midst of the Great Depression, in 1939, The American Pottery Exhibit at The New York World’s Fair offered patrons two collectable pieces of pottery. Two of Homer Laughlin Pottery’s artists, Bill Barrisford and Garvin Miller, designed the plates, promoting a trending turquoise glaze featured on the company’s newest line of pottery. The firstContinue reading “The Artist at His Wheel”

What I Learned at My Aunt’s Funeral

I’ve walked through their front door dozens of times, for Thanksgivings or July 4th pool parties or some other family gathering. My aunt and uncle’s two-story Texas ranch house is perfect for get-togethers, with horses in the pasture and a pool in the backyard, and my aunt always made sure that marshmallows, graham crackers andContinue reading “What I Learned at My Aunt’s Funeral”

Children Do Not Tell Their Parents Who They Are Because They Are Children

I truly believe that actress and activist Sophia Bush is genuinely concerned about children. I truly believe that, in her heart, she is convinced that the best thing to do for a child who identifies as transgender is to affirm that child’s perceived identity. But is she right? Do kids know what is best forContinue reading “Children Do Not Tell Their Parents Who They Are Because They Are Children”

Believe Women. Especially Now.

The central facts of the Christian faith were all primarily witnessed by women. Jesus was “conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary,” as the Apostles’ Creed says, and the Incarnation was witnessed first and foremost by Mary, his mother. Jesus “suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.” The AtonementContinue reading “Believe Women. Especially Now.”