Difficulties with Defending Life

Forget parachuting or haunted houses for chills.  If you want scary, try walking into a pro-choice demonstration and saying a few “Our Fathers.”  Last spring, some friends and I crashed a rally advocating for the right to abort babies. I wrote an article about it, “Crashing an Abortion Rally,” and received some nasty comments.  But that was nothing compared to […]

Journey with Jesus through “Meditations for Lent”

I do not want to meet Jesus on my deathbed.  I want him to already be close so that death is something we do together, just as in life. Jesus told us to strive to enter eternity by the narrow door (Luke 13:24). That directive can leave us fearful.  Is our life leading us to the narrow door?  How do […]

A Real March for Life Demands We March to the Beat of a Different Drummer

Some pro-lifers that will arrive in Washington D.C. on January 22 for the March for Life, don’t understand that in spite of their passion for the unborn, they are part of the culture that brings us the tragedy of abortion.  Hundreds of thousands will come to protest the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court decision that has […]

Ferris Bueller is the Problem

It took me twenty-seven years to finally watch the classic coming of age 1986 comedy, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.  The only thing I missed by waiting so long was a clearer understanding as to why hedonism is so mainstream. The film follows Ferris Bueller, a high school senior who fakes being sick and skips school to spend the day in […]

Walking with Jesus During Advent

I want to walk with Jesus. I would also love to walk where he walked; to breath in the air of the Gospels and step into the sand that once dusted the straps of our Savior’s sandals.  In the Holy Land, the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. His presence is felt even today among the hills where shepherds […]

Restless Heart: The Confessions of Augustine

“I should have been a better mother,“ St. Monica said to Bishop Ambrose about her son Augustine.  “If Augustine had been an easier child, God would not have given him a mother like you,” he responded. –Dialogue from the movie RESTLESS HEART: The Confessions of St. Augustine. Such a perspective is balm to a parent’s praying heart.  Ironically, the story […]

Fearing My Daughter

A Father struggles with the birth of his Downs Syndrome daughter, “’If she dies as a result of her surgery the pain will be over for all of us,’ we thought.”  “It’s a girl!”  The nurse announced. After the birth of seven healthy sons, those words should have brought great joy. Under different circumstances, I would have done back flips.  Instead, […]

“You ask too little [of God]”

Photography © by Andy Coan

“You don’t ask too much from God, you ask too little,” the silver-haired, Dr. Margarett Schlientz scolded her audience during a talk last month at the Thirst Conference in Bismarck, ND.  She spoke with confidence, infusing her audience with the certainty of the Gospels and the fire of the Holy Spirit.  Schlientz has the authority of one with three masters […]

Recall Abortion — Deadly to Babies, Harmful to Women

The government has our backs when it comes to product recalls.  When it comes to car seats, those things are recalled so often, it makes me wonder how anyone has survived to adulthood having sat in one. I’m not complaining. Of course anything that is not 100 percent safe for our precious babies should be recalled, such as deficient baby […]

“Grace Unplugged” — Fame, Family and God

When talent goes from obscurity to stardom, a collective cheer goes up.  It is the stuff of Hollywood movies and the basis of the wildly popular TV shows such as America’s Got Talent, and American Idol. And it is also the scenario in the movie Grace Unplugged, in theaters October 4. Except in this case, the success story is just […]