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.

Reprise: “No.” Is a Complete Sentence

Yesterday I spoke to the Wilmington, Delaware, chapter of the networking group Polka Dot Powerhouse. (Yes, I know, hard name for a non-girly-girl like me to handle, but a great organization.) I talked on “Finding Your PACE: The Secret to Long-Term Success.” During the Q&A at the end, I mentioned this concept. I decided to

What a Game Taught Me about My Mission

One of my guilty pleasures is playing Mahjong Journey solitaire on my cell phone. The solitaire version of Mahjong (which is nothing like the original Chinese game) requires players to match open tiles (those with no tile abutting them—either on the left or on the right) to eliminate tiles. In many versions the object is

All Saints—Living Our Unity

A few weeks back I won a pair of tickets to see the All Saints movie. Based on a true story, the movie tells the story of a soon-to-close church that is saved by an influx of refugees. I hope you had the chance to see it while it was in a theater near you

Seize the Decade

I turned 60 this month. And by coincidence, for the first time ever, I made a decision using a cost to years-of-productive-ministry-left analysis. It was sobering to decide against spending the money because of the limited years (10? 15 max?) of ministry I am likely to be afforded. I don’t mean to be morbid. I’m

Great Expectations and Vague Disappointments

“Visions of sugarplums . . .” I had visions of what Christmas would be (although it didn’t include sugarplums). Nothing grandiose; after all, we had no local family and none coming in for the holiday. My visions were more for the season than the day: a Christmas play or two, a few musical events, tours

Being Joy to the World

Over the last four days, I have been at an event each day where we sang the Christmas carol “Joy to the World.” Four days, four renditions of “Joy to the World.” Yes, I realize it’s the Christmas season, and this is a popular Christmas carol. Pretty words. Pretty simple tune to sing along with.

What Do I Do Now?

Last week’s post, written before the election but published after, talked about our need to “do the work,” God’s work. We need to live the Great Commandment to love God and love others (Matt. 22:36–40). We need to invest in the Great Commission with our lives, our time and our money (Matt. 28:19). We are

Do the Work

I’m writing this a couple of days before the election, but by the time you read it, Election Day will be over and we will (hopefully) have a clear presidential winner. Some of us will need time to grieve. Some of us will want to rejoice (but please don’t gloat).  And then we need to


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