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How to Pray for the Lives Affected by Hurricane Irma

You’re seeing lots of coverage about Hurricane Irma devastation and threat to many. But it can be hard to know how to pray for those involved. When you’re preparing for a weather emergency, you have to think beyond planning an evacuation route, stocking up on supplies, and boarding up windows. In the event of a serious storm, you also have to plan for injuries. And it can be critical to know a few life-saving skills… … Continue reading

How to Hack Facebook (and Change Your Mind)

It’s literally my business to understand how Facebook works and hack it. Facebook serves us more of what it thinks we like. If you’re a conservative who shares posts from Fox News, Breitbart, and the Drudge Report, Facebook makes sure more of the same appears in your newsfeed. If you lean liberal and share content from the Daily Show, Rachel Maddow, and Mother Jones, Facebook will be happy to put more of the same in… … Continue reading

Has Social Media Wrecked Your Confidence?

I’m a big fan of social media. In fact, when my son was a preschooler, he said one day from the backseat of the car, “Hey! That guy on the radio just said ‘Facebook’! That’s where Mommy works!” Slow down, cowboy. It’s not where Mommy works. But I can see why you might think so. I do sort of treat it like a fulltime job. The Internet is a magnetic place, and social media is… … Continue reading

10 John Crist Tweets That Will Have You Laughing Out Loud

John Crist… American Chrstians’ current favorite comedian. If you’re not already following him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, you probably should. If not, here are 10 tweets from him that will have you laughing. Siri call father pic.twitter.com/E9u99nEEK6 — John Crist (@johnbcrist) May 25, 2017 I’ve never looked at a pregnancy announcement photo and thought, “this was the guy’s idea.” — John Crist (@johnbcrist) June 26, 2017 pic.twitter.com/bHcEA6ytjy — John Crist (@johnbcrist) June 19, 2017 Chip… … Continue reading

Can’t Engage in Spiritual Disciplines? It May Not Be Your Fault.

“I don’t know what is wrong with me,” my friend Gina lamented as we enjoyed a rare afternoon cup of coffee together. “I’ve always loved my time with God, but lately I just feel antsy, like I’m being put in a timeout or something. Five minutes, and I’m done!” I’ve been hearing this kind of thing a lot lately. People feel so harried that they can hardly find space for being alone with God, and… … Continue reading

How to Reverse Stinkin’ Thinkin’

Our home is a welcoming place to grandkids and granddogs alike. One day we were watching Bailey, our ten-year-old golden retriever granddog from the Waco division of Burchett Incorporated. She is a regal and beautiful girl who loves to swim. We took our Maggie and Bailey out to the pool to do just that. Maggie swims like she is competing for the final Olympic-team spot. She goes full bore to the end, jumps out, shakes… … Continue reading

10 Photos of Dominican Republic: From Paradise to Poverty

If you’re planning your next vacation, you may consider some amazing places in the Dominican Republic. And rightly so! This country is stunning! I recently experienced the Dominican Republic from behind a camera lens. What I found was intriguing, sobering, and ultimately, beautiful. Take the journey with me in these photos. “Contrast” – Gualey, Santo Domingo Dominican Republic – beautiful and vibrant! But also impoverished. A family in less than desirable circumstances showed us their gorgeous view of… … Continue reading

3 Things MLK taught a White Guy in His 20’s

I am a white, middle-class male who has almost always lived in the suburbs. I have never experienced any real prejudice or discrimination. I have never lost a job, been sneered at, or called a name because of race. Racism and social injustice were issues of the past to me; I had never seen or experienced them, so I assumed no one else had either. It would have been very easy for me to keep… … Continue reading

11 Upside-Down New Year’s Resolutions

I love New Year’s Resolutions. Writing down my wide-eyed dreams for the next 365 days gives me great hope. But then, I hate New Year’s Resolutions. Because around the middle of April I realize just how pie-in-the-sky they really were. Take my recurring annual goal, “Get Organized.” I’ve learned it’s about as easy to accomplish as shoveling snow in the middle of a blizzard. At some point it’s more realistic to toss the shovel and… … Continue reading