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.

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

Lessons from the East—Review of a Book for All of Us

A personal note to those who’ve heard me speak: If you heard my Finding Balance in the Circus of Life presentation and found it valuable in some way, I could use your help. I’ve expanded that talk into a book and I’m looking for some comments to place in the front of the book under “Praise

What Has Us Tangled?

The Jesuit Center was every bit as hauntingly beautiful as I had been told. I had the opportunity to join Les there for a one-day spiritual retreat for pastors and spouses. The spiritual director gave us instruction for a variety of practices to be done in solitude. For one we were invited to explore worship in

Your Skills for God’s Mission

You hear someone is a “missionary”—what do you think they do? If you’ve been raised in the church, you probably think about preachers and teachers, doctors and nurses, and maybe teachers. If you’re familiar with Wycliffe Bible Translators, you think of linguists. And you would be right. But what are your skills? What’s your job title?

A Vision for Your Future

At what age do we begin to wonder if there isn’t something more? 30? 40? 50? Have you hit the place where you begin to wonder if your career—whether you pursued it as feverishly as a foxhound or simply fell into on the way to somewhere, or nowhere, else—is worth the trouble? Would you ever


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