The End of Women’s Athletics

I like to throw the discus. I am not an Olympian, nor am I an aspiring one. However, against all odds, I did compete at the collegiate level. I was not a national champion, but I did get 8th place at a national track meet. It may not seem like much, but I know that…

The Prodigal Son Returns

Tell those who have a fearful heart, “Be strong. Don’t be afraid. Behold, your God will come with vengeance, God’s retribution. He will come and save you. Then the eyes of the blind will be opened, and the ears of the deaf will be unstopped. Then the lame man will leap like a deer, and…

But for the Grace of God

Over the past few years, I have seen more stories of kids being killed and abused than I ever remember seeing in the past. With every headline, my heart hurts. I don’t understand how people could be so cruel, so evil, and so without feeling or moral judgment. In my confusion, I am ashamed to…

Little Bird

Little bird, behind the glass, how is your gilded cage? Is it all you ever wanted? You flit from perch to perch, never really going anywhere, but all the food and water you could ever want is right there. If I had your life, I’d feel aimless and lost, and I’d always wish for something…

After “Happily Ever After”

“Into the Woods,” what a wake-up call… I watched it on Valentine’s Date, which is kind of fitting. The characters wished for something other than what they had. One couple wanted a baby, one girl just wanted to go to the ball, another girl wanted to go to her grandma’s, two girls wanted to marry…

How do You Spend Your “Free” Time?

How you spend your free time says a lot about you. When you’re first getting to know someone, they’ll ask you what you do for a living and then they’ll ask you what you do for fun. Basically, the questions could be rephrased to say; “What brings you the most enjoyment in life? If you…

A Light in Darkness

When the first God’s Not Dead movie came out, I was a senior in college. The storyline and acting were not necessarily box-office hits, but the message resonated with me. It came out when I was a few months away from graduating with a degree in political science. By the grace of God, I managed…

Do You Want to be Healed?

Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Aramaic, called Bethesda, which has five roofed colonnades. In these lay a multitude of invalids – blind, lame, and paralyzed – waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel of the Lord went down at certain seasons into the pool, and stirred the…

Test Driving Love

A couple weeks ago, my alternator went out on my car. After towing it home, my dad and I were able to get the new alternator installed and it runs fine now. But my car has just over 194,000 miles on it, so, over holiday, I’ve been doing a lot of car hunting. I have…

Jesus, You are My Validation

I received a copy of “The Greatest Showman” for Christmas, which I had not seen since it was in theaters. Though I remember what happened, there is something that struck me about the storyline more than it did before: the insatiable desire of the showman to receive validation. He had done incredible things that no…