Stand Firm

There is an old African-American spiritual, “I Shall Not Be Moved,” which is also known as “We Shall Not Be Moved.” It was one of the songs made popular by the Civil Rights Movement, but was also used by labor unions fighting for workers’ rights and is used as a resistance song all over the […]

A little more good, a little less hatred, a lot more love

Right now, there seems to be a great deal of focus on everything that’s not good in the world. The world seems to be bombarding us with constant bad news. While that focus is warranted, it also can be very overwhelming, especially when one looks around and sees nothing but contretemps, vitriol, frustration, and anger. […]


“And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22:39 (both the NIV and NRSV are worded this way.) I chose to lead this blog post with a Bible passage, not because I wanted to force Christianity on my readers, but because the second commandment Jesus gave his disciples, according to this […]


It is one of those mysteries of life that just yesterday I wrote about joy. Today, I am writing about sorrow. Today, I write about grief. Today, I write about loss. For you see, the world is just a little less brighter today. In the past two days, I have lost one influence from my […]


It’s Easter Sunday today, and while it doesn’t feel like Spring in my little swath of the Midwest since the snow is falling, Spring is here. A close friend (otherwise known as the pastor of my church) asked a question today in his sermon. How do you find joy? Travis Stanley, Pastor, Norwalk Christian Church, […]

Valentine’s Day

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. It’s traditionally a day associated with love, romance, and of course, a ancient saint from Roman times. I have mixed feelings about the day and always have. On one hand, it’s an over-commercialized day filled with a bunch of expectations and hype and let downs. But on the other hand, it’s […]