What My Kids Taught Me About God – Part 7 (The Bible)

I remember at various times saying, as I was walking up to preach in my Fundamentalist church, “I have nothing of value to say that is not written in this book” (pointing to the Bible).  It’s really kind of a sad statement when you think about it.  Even though Jesus quoted Scripture, he never held…

What My Kids Taught Me About God – Part 5 (God is in Control?)

My boss used to tell people I was his spiritual adviser.  I always reminded him that if I was his spiritual adviser, he should probably listen to me every once in a while.  We had a pretty good relationship but he probably didn’t like it when I went to work somewhere else.   In the area…

What My Kids Taught Me About God – Part 4 (Prayer and Challenges)

Tomorrow, my youngest child will be 22.  It’s hard to believe!  I remember when she was just three and used a huge word in a sentence.   Then, just a couple of months ago, she gave birth to her son, Jackson.  He was born about 8 weeks premature by c-section because of complications.  I would give…

What My Kids Taught Me About God – Part 3 (God is Good?)

If you have ever been to an evangelical church, you have probably heard the following phrase belted out at some random time.  Usually, it happens when the pastor is strolling up to the stage.   On those occasions, you might hear this little back-and-forth exchange in churches all over the world.       Pastor:  “God…

As For Me and My House?

by Laura Forehand The 4th of July.  America’s birthday.  All my life I have been taught to respect this country in which I live.  I don’t think there is anything wrong with that… necessarily. Yesterday, as I was perusing through my Facebook feed, I happened upon the above saying.  My heart immediately sank. It sank…

Episode 9 – What I Learned at Prayer School

Laura and I both have different histories and came from churches that felt differently about liturgy — hers was for it, mine was against it.  Regardless, both of us agreed that our prayer life had become almost non-existent (or, at the least, ineffective).  We mostly only prayed when we were desperate or emotional.  Even though…

Finding My Peace

I have seen some pretty amazing fights break out during the time shortly after the death of a loved one–many times it involves who gets the stuff left behind.  It’s too bad, really!  I don’t know whether there will be much inheritance from my mother if she ever passes away.  At this point, I sometimes…

Show Me the Next Thing

by Laura Forehand Isn’t it great when you wake up at 3:30 a.m. on a Saturday morning? Being a school teacher means I covet those Saturday no-alarm kind of mornings. Today my normal alarm clock didn’t go off. Instead, I woke up with a vice-gripping headache. You know… the kind that actually feels like you…

The Wrong Motivation

Every year, around Halloween, you can expect a certain amount of chatter around the subject of fear.  There is the fear that the dark forces are using this holiday to get to our children.  The warnings promote a fear that we will be duped or desensitized into believing that the Halloween is harmless.  There is…