Warning: This story goes backwards. As do the stories of all Believers in Jesus Christ. Continue reading
This is an updated re-post of an original article from October 2012.
It’s mid-November, and you can already feel it: The fist of anxiety squeezing your mid-section into jelly. Continue reading
A man had two sons.
The younger demanded his share of the estate, took it with a sneer, and departed to a distant country where he squandered it in reckless living. Continue reading
Private school teachers have it easy, don’t they?
After all, their students are generally wealthy, motivated, from an educated background? Right?
I’m about to find out. Continue reading
Update (02-21-2015): Shin Dong-hyuk has admitted to altering aspects of his story due to the pain of retelling them. This does not minimize the brutality of North Korea’s gulag system, but it would not be fair to tell this story without including Shin’s admission. You can read about it here.
I read an incredible book yesterday.
A young hero lives in an enclosed compound, killing vermin to survive. Armed guards dispense beatings and murder without any check against their abusive authority. Far away, an elitist and scheming Capitol issues propaganda filled with fear and hate, brain-washing its oppressed people. Continue reading
What does it mean?
All year long you’ve taught them, coached them, and disciplined them. You’ve given patient reminders and made phone calls home. You’ve forgiven and trusted.
And they still misbehave just like before. It’s as if nothing has changed. Did you even make a dent?
What does it mean?
Do your students cheat?
Do they copy one another’s work and pass it off as their own?
If your students are anything like mine (sinners), then you probably struggle with cheating. And while this behavior is entirely theirs, perhaps there are ways we can teach them to make the right decision more often — and for the right reasons.
There is no greater evil in the world than meetings. These 1-hour gifts from Satan seem to last forever, sucking our souls dry of all that sustains and blesses. Continue reading
Have you ever lost someone?
Two days ago, Ronnie withdrew from school. A charismatic young man who calls me “dawg”, Ronnie had the marks of a man hiding in the skin of a nervous, approval-seeking little boy. So I invested in him, patiently pursuing him with questions and challenges that might bring that man out for awhile.
But Ronnie got caught with weed on campus. Arrested. Jailed. He came back, but only for a few days.
Now he’s gone.
Silent Night, Holy Night
It’s my favorite Christmas hymn. I usually sing it with a candle in my hand and tears on my cheeks.
But is it true? Continue reading