What if Christmas giving could transform the world?

Americans are very into Christmas. We really love celebrating this time of year! In 2013, consumers in the U.S. spent about $730 during the holiday season, for a grand total of about $602 billion when all is said and done between gifts, entertaining, traveling and decorating. To put that number in perspective, the annual GDP continue reading »

For the Love of Christmas

I love the Christmas season! I love driving around with my girls and exclaiming at the lights. I love baking (and eating!) Christmas cookies. I love the colors, the smells (thank you Yankee Candle for somehow capturing so many) and the anticipation that comes with this time of year. I love the homemade Christmas ornaments continue reading »

The Gratitude Game

As a Mom of two young girls I am humbled by how often my kids are the ones teaching me. Today was no exception. As my six year old and I were driving she declared we would play the “Thankful Game”. Although I could fairly easily determine the rules of this heretofore unexperienced game she continue reading »

6 Things I Wish My Church Had Told Me about Domestic Violence

6 Things I Wish My Church Had Told Me about Domestic Violence 1. It happens. According to the Centers for Disease Control (http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/ipv-nisvs-factsheet-v5-a.pdf), 33% of women and 28% of men will experience some form of physical violence at the hands of a partner during their lifetime. Domestic Violence is an epidemic that thrives in silence continue reading »

Halloween, Fairtrade and Choices

As the weather turns cooler, the leaves change color, coffee shops break out the pumpkin flavored drinks and other markers of fall pop up the holiday season looms large on the horizon. First among them being Halloween. This holiday has a lot to recommend it. Costumes, parties, socializing with neighbors and strangers and of course continue reading »

The Pope Speaks

Perhaps you’ve heard the Pope is in town – well several towns by now. There is a lot I could say about his visit. The history being made – He is first Pope to address a joint session of Congress. The millions watching, listening and coming out. The way some people seem to not know continue reading »

Stories of Living on Two Dollars a Day

Some good news on global poverty: between 2001 and 2011, according to estimates from the Pew Research Center, the share of people around the world living on less than $2 per day fell from 29% to 15%. In fact, one of the Millennium Development Targets—halving the proportion of the world’s population living on less than continue reading »

Time for everything . . . ?

Time is what we want most, but we use worst. – William Penn As the start of another school year looms large on the horizon I inevitably start to think about new beginnings. For so many of us the fall continues to represent this. Even if we ourselves have not had to jump through the continue reading »

We are for . . .

At the Global Leadership Summit last week one of the speakers, Craig Groeschel, made a statement that got me thinking. He said – and I’m not using quotes here because I may not have gotten it exactly right – the Church does not exist for us (meaning Christians) we are the Church and we exist continue reading »