POHSing–A Link Up

So today, instead of shopping, I’m pohsing. And I hope you’ll join me. Here’s the basic idea: Instead of–or in addition to–buying more stuff, we will pause and be grateful for the blessings we already have. And we will support (with links and/or money) charitable organizations that seek to provide these same blessings to those…

Bieber Fever/Jesus Fever

This weekend I took my 12-year-old daughter to see Justin Bieber: Never Say Never. And I have to say that I just don’t get it. I mean, I get that Justin is cute–if you’re twelve. And I get that he has a good singing voice. And I get that he has a pretty amazing stage…

The Pastor Appreciates Harry Potter

Awhile back I heard a piece on NPR about the Harry Potter Alliance. It’s a group of fans who come together around various philanthropic and social justice issues. They sent five cargo planes full of supplies to Haiti after the earthquake. They’ve campaigned on behalf of marriage equality and genocide prevention. They’ve stocked libraries in…

If you love Madeline L’Engle

Particularly if you love Madeline L’Engle’s fantasy novels, you should treat yourself to When You Reach Me, by Rebecca Stead. It has time travel, mystery, even a little teen romance. The main character, Miranda, loves L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time, and references to the classic book are sprinkled throughout the novel. I fell in love…

The Joneses and Evangelism

Friday night my husband and I watched The Joneses. It’s about a “family” that moves into a wealthy neighborhood for the sole purpose of marketing products. The cars, the golf clubs, the video game systems, the jogging suits, the frozen hors d’oeuvres—it’s all product placement. The premise of the movie got me thinking about evangelism—the…