WHAT IS IT THAT WE DON’T UNDERSTAND ABOUT LOVE

In Max Lucado’s book, ‘He Still Moves the Stones’, he retells the story of the paralyzed man whose friends carried him to Jesus. Whether he was born paralyzed or became paralyzed, the end result was the same: total dependence on others.  Someone had to wash his face and bathe his body. He couldn’t blow his …

NAVIGATING THROUGH THE TROUBLE WATERS OF FAMILY CONFLICT

Dave Johnson, a San Jose police officer, relates the following dreaded call of a family disturbance in his book, ‘The Light Behind the Star.’ I could see a couple standing in the front yard of the home. A woman was crying and yelling at the man, who was standing with his hands in the pockets …

BUILDING THRIVING FAMILIES IN A FRAGMENTED CULTURE

About 30 miles from Belfast, Northern Ireland, close to the shore of Strangford Lough, is a stately home that tourists can visit called Castleward. The house was built in the 1760s, and its original owners were Bernard Ward, the first Viscount of Bangor, and his wife, Lady Anne. One of the most striking features of …

THE PRICE OF SPREADING AND EMBRACING LIES

I have just finished reading an interesting biographical sketch on the life of Winston Church of his first 58 years before the Second World War. The book is entitled: ‘The Last Lion,’ by William Manchester. Churchill was never fooled by Hitler and his intentions prior to the War. Britain was disarming following the First World …

LIVING IN CONFUSING TIMES WITHIN A WRONG PARADIGM

How do we live under unpopular political leadership, or a leadership in which we are frustrated? It is a question that we are constantly faced with in dealing with changing leaders and political philosophies of our day. Where do we look for answers when society, as we know it, is faltering? The psalmist speaks of …

THE MOST UNLIKELY PEOPLE WHO SHAPE OUR LIVES

George Danzig was a senior at Stanford University during the 1930’s during the great economic depression. All the seniors knew they’d be joining unemployment lines when the class graduated. There was a slim chance that the top person in the class might get a teaching job. George was not at the head of his class, …