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

Light From Distant Stars—Book Review

“Cohen Marah clears his throat quietly, more out of discomfort than the presence of any particular thing that needs clearing, and attempts to step over the body for a second time.” Shawn Smucker is at it again, writing a captivating story (that’s the first sentence above) that you can’t wait to finish and then feel

Love Does What’s In Front of It

Today I was a substitute mom for a fourth grader. In the school where we volunteer, the students spend a large percentage of the last five or six weeks of school on their Famous PA project. They pick a famous person associated with the state of Pennsylvania—people like Dan Marino, Taylor Swift, Molly Pitcher, Milton

When Carol Got a Preview of Heaven

Les and I spent Memorial Day in New York City with our daughter and her family. The weather was perfect. We took the ferry from New Jersey and then walked and walked and rode the subway and then walked some more. This is what my Fitbit showed as we boarded the ferry to head home:

The Key We Need to “Speak the Truth in Love”

“Instead, speaking the truth in love . . .” Ephesians 4:15 NIV I hear it said (or read it) over and over. “I’m just speaking the truth in love.” Just search Twitter. Perhaps I’ve even said it. Maybe you have. I’ve discovered it pretty much means I disagree with you, and I’m going to tell

Learning the Kingdom with Rachel Held Evans

Rachel Held Evans died last Saturday. It seemed impossible. Yes, I knew she was in a medically induced coma, but she couldn’t die. I was certain God was going to heal her. There were thousands of people praying for her, particularly her tribe on Twitter, documenting thoughts and prayers with their own trending hashtag, #PrayforRHE.

Meandering through Weariness

I told a coworker on Friday I was weary. Not just tired, weary, stripped bare. And then a dear friend went from perfectly fine on Friday night to emergency surgery Saturday night, so we spent 6 hours that evening in hospital waiting rooms with his wife and kids. By the time church was over on

 

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