Should Jesus go in the manger before Christmas?

Most people in our country know that the Friday after Thanksgiving is “Black” and the Monday following is “Cyber.” Some may know that today is “Giving Tuesday” and that Thanksgiving itself is now “Gray Thursday” because of stores opening on the holiday.

But how many know that Sunday was the first day of Advent? How many know that “Advent” means “coming forward,” and it remembers the first coming of Christ and reminds us that we are waiting for his second coming?… Read the rest


2 Cor. 2:14: 14 But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere.

Oh most Thank-Worthy God, Giver of all Good Gifts,

In this season, forgive us for shrinking THANKSGIVING into a small story about Pilgrims and Native Americans and corn kernels. Or even worse, for thinking of it as the “day before Black Friday”!

It is you, most Merciful Savior, Mighty Deliverer, Steadfast Lover who provides everything we need for life and breath.Read the rest


Excessive drinking, casual hookups, secular humanism agendas in the classroom…

College presents an array of startling, and sometimes unexpected, challenges.

As a parent of college children, two graduated, two still on campus, I can honestly say I don’t know how they would have come through it all with any level of gospel sanity if it weren’t for…

Gospel-centered campus ministries.

Today I share an update from my FAVORITE campus ministry worker (in gold LSU tee shirt, above)  — our elder daughter, Jackie Turnage.Read the rest

Attended a wonderful vision summit held by Serge this weekend and I thought I’d share some great note quotes with you:

“Our world isn’t even the center of its own universe.” Hazel Morel


“Sin is pleasurable for a season, but when it ends, you’re left with a gaping hole.” Tullian Tchividjian


“Even our tears of repentance need to be washed in the blood of Christ.” Tchividjian


“My skepticism bubbled into cynicism and settled into atheism.” Lee Strobel


“They love the story of the gospel so much they stayed at the feast long enough for the elder brother to return to join the party.” Dan Allender

5 Thought-Provoking Quotes from the Serge Vision Summit
Things Moms Don't Need to Feel Guilty About

This is an update from 2004, because we still need good news for guilty parents!!

First of all, I don’t know why the new issue of Parenting Magazine seems to show up in my mailbox once a month.  I suspect there is a mom out there who has judged me the worst mother in the state of Florida and has taken me on as a mercy ministry. She probably sponsored my subscription hoping the articles will help me.

But I don’t read it.… Read the rest