Today is a special day in North East Texas: SNOW DAY!
I was asked to give the invocation at Stars Over Longview. This event recognizes 12 women in the Longview area who have made an impact on the community.
The keynote speaker was Olympian Jackie Joyner-Kersee. Below are the prayer and some pictures.
I had an ambitious goal- blog every day for the month of January. I started off strong and then life happened. I had a mountain of work to do, kids have their activities and I needed time to relax and take care of myself.
I told myself I wasn’t going to sacrifice my family or work time to make this happen. In religious terms, this is called grace. Our society is too focused on deadlines and perfection that we give up certain things. Too many families spend more time apart than they do together. Sometimes this is unavoidable (which I understand) but in other cases, priorities need to be made.
I hope to continue to post when I can and I hope you like what I have to offer.
Give your self some grace today… it might make your day a bit brighter.
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In my last post I reflected on the best book I read in 2017; today I begin looking for the best book of 2018. At the end of the year, I buy a few books to read for the upcoming year. I usually read a few them but the combination of work, family, and doctorate, I can not get to all of them. I am ambitious in the beginning and realistic at the end. My picks are a mix of theological and fiction.
Below at the six books, I have on the list for 2018. What book did I miss?
- Sabbath in Suburbs: A Family’s Experiment with Holy Time by Maryann McKibben Dana
- Being Christian: Baptism, Bible, Eucharist, and Prayer by Rowan Williams
- Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
- Inferno: A Doctor’s Ebola Story by Steven Hatch
- Healing Spiritual Wounds: Reconnecting with a Loving God After Experiencing a Hurtful Church
- The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
I had a goal in 2017; read more. I had found an article that stated that some of the best minds in the world (Zuckerburg, Buffett, Musk, etc.) spend time reading books/articles every day. They did not have to be related to their field but reading allowed them to expand their knowledge bases and interests.
I set a pretty basic goal: 12 books in a year. I completed my goal and ended 2017 with 14 books read. Some were for fun, some were for work and the rest were for my doctorate at Brite Divinity School.
Out of the 14, one book stood out. Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond was the best book I read in 2017. Desmond, a sociologist from Harvard, follows the lives of families and landlords in Milwaukee. He shows the struggles to find affordable, decent housing and the landlord’s tensions between running a business and showing compassion for tenets trying to make ends meet. It was the most gut-wrenching book I have ever read. The pain, the struggle, the heartache that Desmond is able to capture shines a new and needed light on the issue of homelessness and housing.
Desmond won the Pulitzer for this text and I highly recommend it.
A few years ago I started this blog. I wanted a place to post the religion columns I was writing. Over time it morphed into musings about Christianity and the intersections in the 21st century. In 2013, this site went viral when my “Letter to Victoria’s Secret from a Father” sparked conversation about sexuality and beauty. Blogging helped me to share the beauty of Christianity and share how I integrate theology in my personal and professional life as well as how the message of Christianity is still relevant and meaningful me.
As life, work and family have all increased my postings over time have decreased. This isn’t a bad thing but I want to challenge myself as we begin 2018.
I am going to post daily for the entire month of January 2018. These will range from videos I find interesting to religion columns and everything in between. I hope that you will enjoy this as well.
Here’s to a new challenge and here’s to 2018!