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.

The Privilege Not to Care

This is not going to be a happy, feel-good post. Consider yourself warned, and walk away if you wish. And if you decide you need to unsubscribe; no hard feelings. Yesterday on Facebook I saw a post from a friend speaking of being tired of all the political arguing, the negativity, the bad news. It

The Church of Us vs. Them—I beg you to read it

Over the last several years, I’ve gotten more and more distressed by social media, like Facebook and Twitter. I’m as snarky as the best of them, but it’s flown way beyond sarcastic. It can only be described as hate-filled. Someone posts something that reflects their political or social issue view; people react. They don’t simply

Why Am I Doing This?

“He settled in defiance of all his relatives.” That phrase, which I read in Genesis 25:18 in my Bible reading time this morning, stopped me dead in my tracks. It’s talking about Ishmael, Abraham’s first son, but not the son of promise. Things had been rocky in Ishmael’s relations with the rest of his father’s

Once We Were Strangers—a book review and a giveaway!

Have you ever ridden on a motorcycle with your spouse and four children? Yeah, me either. It sounds impossible. But when you’re fleeing bombs in Syria, you do the impossible. ✓ Transporting your entire family on a single motorcycle. ✓ Patching bomb holes in your dining room. ✓ Leaving your home and country, taking absolutely nothing with you

Locking People Out—America’s Refugee Crisis

I’ve written about refugees before (for example, A Little Child Shall Lead Them and Inviting Jesus In). I’ve had my friend and fellow writer Lisa Bartelt guest blog about it. But it’s not time to stop. My heart is broken today. This was the headline that caused it: Here’s the explanation from Church World Service (CWS):

Imagine Goods: Imagining a World Without Human Trafficking

I’ve asked my friend, fellow pastor’s wife, and amazing entrepreneur Michelle Kime to talk with you about her company Imagine Goods and how it came about. Started by Michelle and Aiyana, another ministry wife, Imagine Goods works to provide fair-wage employment to women who are survivors of human trafficking or are vulnerable to trafficking. Great

When Will It Ever End

I was going to write a blog post about something I’ve been meditating on from Scripture. Wednesday’s school shooting makes it impossible. Instead, I’ll simply share this link from the BBC: America’s gun culture in 10 charts It’s time to do something. What will you do?  I’m telling you it’s got to be something in

Abortion: It’s a Killer

Over a year ago I wrote a blog post that still gets attention. Just yesterday a woman thanked me for writing it and expressing her thoughts so well. That post, On Being (and Voting) Fully Pro-Life, still expresses my commitments and how I vote, how I advocate with elected officials and how I choose which


Have Carol Speak For Your Group

An accomplished and flexible speaker, Carol tailors her topics to fit the theme and timeframes of your meeting, conference, seminar or retreat.