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The Optimistic 80-Something: Episode 468

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Question to discuss:

Where do you feel God might be calling you to step out in faith this year? What will trusting Him in this look like?

Roundtable: Lessons Learned Through Big Decisions

Early last year, we caught up with three young adults who had big plans for 2016. In this follow-up discussion, we discover how the year went in light of their life changes and goals. A new job, new marriage, and new challenge (live on $7/day!) proved daunting but worthwhile.



My church has this saying: “When we give our best, the rest is blessed.” It’s usually said in regards to tithing, but it recently had me thinking about how this idea translates into the whole of our lives. It affects our time, talents, skills, resources, attention, passions, devotion, etc. You name it; I think it’s affected.

I often have conversations with co-workers about the life that I live. I am labeled a “holy roller.” It used to bother me, but the more I grow in my faith, the more I embrace it and am proud that I am viewed that way.


A Gamer’s Guide to Grace

I got yelled at a while ago by a stranger. Full-blown, at-the-top-of-the-lungs yelled at.

I was driving home on a dark, wintry evening and there was ice on the roads. As I was yielding right onto a highway, I saw a break in traffic and thought I had plenty of time to merge. I misjudged the speed of an oncoming truck and the driver had to slow down for me. I didn’t hear any squealing breaks or see any fishtailing.

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Evangelicals for Life: Episode 467

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Question to discuss:

How can you speak for the voiceless in your own spheres of influence? Which aspect of the pro-life ethic are you most passionate about, and which would you like to understand more?

Roundtable: Pro-Life and the Big Picture

Many people hear “pro-life” and immediately think “anti-abortion.” That’s not wrong, but it’s not the whole story. Life at all ages, stages and circumstances is ordained and blessed by God; this means that the unborn as well as the orphan, the elderly, the refugee, the person with special needs—every person on earth has dignity and value, and is worth fighting for.


Convicted by “Silence”

Most self-help books are about as insightful as the latest Buzzfeed quiz. They’re not even full of “sound and fury, signifying nothing”; they skip to the last bit: nothing. That may be my own pride speaking, of thinking I’m “above” self-help books, but it’s a gut reaction I can’t seem to shake each time I break down and check out the latest bestsellers in the category.

I’ve often found that novels and movies can be much more inspiring and insightful than books and videos which try so hard to tell me things I’ve heard before.


Date Ideas for the New Year

The new year is upon us, and if one of your resolutions was to go on more dates, maybe you’re wondering how to get started. Let’s assume there’s someone you already have your eye on. Now what? Here are five date ideas for the new year.

The join-me-and-my-friends date. This can be the perfect way to get to know a girl (or guy) in a comfortable setting. Just before I began dating my husband, Kevin, he invited me to a game night with some of his friends.


Four New Year’s Resolutions (and Why I Made Them)

You’ve probably heard the statistics before. About half of the U.S. population makes New Year’s resolutions, but only eight percent of those who make resolutions succeed in keeping them.

So why do I, year after year, sit down with a sheet of paper and pen to write out resolutions for the upcoming year? Don’t the statistics indicate that I’m doomed to fail?

While there is certainly no biblical imperative to make resolutions, and their efficacy isn’t promising,  I tend to approach resolutions with the perspective of Dwight Eisenhower: “Plans are nothing.


The Good Side of Getting Older

I turned 37 this year. Ouch.

I’m still single and there are several goals I thought I would have accomplished by now. Sometimes aging is depressing.

Our culture is pretty good at enforcing a negative opinion of aging. At every birthday we hear people grumbling about how old they are. They wish for the good ol’ days, or remember how earlier years were their best ones. And I know that women sometimes deal with this even more strongly if they want to have children and are approaching the later childbearing years.

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The Kindness Challenge: Episode 466

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Question to discuss:

Could you for 30 days be intentionally kind to someone you dislike? What would doing so look like for you, and what would you expect the outcome to be?

Roundtable: I’m Not Flirting

It’s so frustrating. You’re just trying to be friendly, and he or she thinks you’re flirting. Or you’re hoping to show interest, but it’s interpreted as being merely outgoing. How can you win? Our panel discusses the nuances of plain old kindness versus flirtation, and how to navigate the tricky relational waters of friendship with the opposite sex.   


The Art of Friendship

Have you ever felt stupid? And not just stupid, but really stupid? One of my greatest joys in life is to make new friends. It doesn’t even matter to me which category they fall into. They could be acquaintances, friends or my inner circle of people. I just love meeting and connecting with new people. I pride myself on being inclusive and welcoming. I like to gather with friends and have deep conversations, preferably over coffee.