• Engage

    Theology of Self-Care

    Is self-care selfish or unspiritual? Some churches and Christian circles say “yes.” And while today’s popular self-care strategies may have a bent toward self-serving interests, a biblical perspective of self-care is holistic, worshipful, and others-centered. Self-Care Involves All Aspects of Ourselves God designed us as complex, whole persons (Ps. 139:13–16). We do not—like a computer or machine—consist of parts, but encompass spiritual, physical, mental, emotional, psychological, and relational aspects in our intricate design. When we take care of ourselves, we can’t just target one aspect of ourselves. We need take a holistic approach to self-care. After my husband and I married, I moved from Lubbock to Dallas. In Lubbock, I…

  • Impact

    The Clarity of Death

    “It is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting, for death is the destiny of every man; the living should take this to heart” (Ecclesiastes 7:2). My father died recently. He was always sharp, quick with a pun or a play on words, an accountant by trade who worked until he was seventy-seven years old. He was a student of the Bible for almost sixty years. He did a lot of reading, writing, and “sparring” (personal debating) over the years, quoting folks like Barnhouse and Spurgeon in the process. But dementia overtook him these last few years. He could no longer…

  • Heartprints

    What Do You Really Believe?

    Dealing With Difficult Classroom Situations With words we say what we think we believe but our actions reveal what we really believe. When our oldest was three and our youngest 10 months old we went to a Christar training conference. The children were separated by age. That evening we discovered our oldest suddenly had an imaginary friend. While playing, children often imagine their dolls or stuffed animals are interacting with them. Why is this need for community so fundamentally a part of us that even small children, when they feel alone, are compelled to imagine a friend? Could it be a homing device to bring us to God? The number…