I’m No Superstar

I’m No Superstar is a blog for people like me who want to make a difference in the world but know they aren’t activists. Each post contains a social action idea that most of us could do, a book that’s worth reading, or a link to a website that offers other ideas. Oh, and it’s all introduced by a sometimes quirky story from my life.

Sometimes You Need to Know Where You Are to Get Where You’re Going

A couple of years ago, Les and I were all set to enjoy a long-awaited date day. We headed to the King of Prussia area where we would shop a favorite Barnes & Noble, eat lunch at the Cheesecake Factory, and explore the Container Store, Crate and Barrel, and any store that struck our my […]

Why I’m Thankful to Be Part of a Denomination

I grew up on an independent Baptist church. I remember being told we weren’t part of a denomination because denominations were all liberal. Evil, maybe. Certainly not biblical. Maybe they didn’t actually teach it, but that’s how I processed it. In Bible college I met strong Christians worshiping in vibrant churches that were part of […]

The Fear of the Other

Ornithophobia, Sheldon explains in The Big Bang Theory, is the fear of birds. He’s terrified of a big blue bird outside his window, and when he tries to use a broom to make it fly away, it instead flies into his apartment. Sheldon gets Bernadette to rescue him by catching the bird.  “Flush it down […]

Where Were the Farmers?

I was reading the Parable of the Soils found in Luke 8 today. The soils, that’s what we focus on when we discuss this passage. The road. The rocky soil. The thorny ground. The good earth. And we talk about becoming that rich loamy soil that produces good fruit. But the last few times I’ve […]

Girls on the Run—Toward Changing the World

“Corban requested your companionship,” said the text. No, it wasn’t an inappropriate proposition. It was an 8-year-old boy inviting me to get up at an ungodly hour of a Saturday morning (a Saturday when I would have to go into work later) to sit on a sidewalk (probably in the rain as things look now) […]

Of Mom, Memories, and Modeling Christ

This week I’m speaking twice on “Remembering Our Mothers: Living a Legacy.” In preparation, I began to go through my father’s slides and photos that we had had digitally scanned shortly before my mother died eight years ago. And I found some treasures. This joyous, glamorous photo of my mom before children, maybe even before […]

You’re Not That Special (and Neither Am I)

I was nearing a four-way stop intersection, when the Amish buggy approaching from the right pulled out in front of me without ever stopping. “What?!” I said out loud. “Does having a horse at the front of your vehicle exempt you from obeying the road signs? Trust me, you’re not that special.” Then I remembered […]

Vanquishing the Vampires: Conquering the Fear that Sucks the Lifeblood Out of Us

I’m a huge fan of Jane Austen, particularly Pride and Prejudice. I own the book, several of the film adaptations and just about every prequel, sequel and reimagining of the story there is. The only ones Les hasn’t been able to convince me to buy are Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Mr. Darcy, Vampyre. I […]