Feel Good Friday #22

Every Friday, Doubting Believer brings you things to read, watch or listen to that are sure to make you smile. Because we all could use a little good news. This is a feel good on any day. Check out the USAF Band and Choir singing One Voice. So good it makes you feel like we might just all be okay.  Meanwhile in Boston, a firefighter dressed up as Buddy the Elf and ...

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A Different Kind of Christmas Story

Prepare ye the way of the Lord. That’s what her preacher had said. That’s what she was trying to do this Advent season. She desperately wanted to prepare her heart to receive the peace of Christ. God knew she could use some peace. Carol was a single mom trying to raise two kids. Her husband bailed after the second child was born prematurely and had some developmental problems. The doctors couldn’t guarantee ...

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A Story for World Aids Day

This is a story I share often, but World Aids Day seems like a good time to tell it again. You may not know who Mary Fisher is. She was one of the first faces of HIV that wasn’t gay or male. When she spoke at the Republican national convention in 1992, she completely changed the conversation about HIV and AIDS. In the early to mid-90s, I was part of a RAIN team. ...

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Helping

Tis the season to by jolly and to help one's fellow man and woman. Actually, every season is the season to help, but we tend to hyper-focus on the helping during the holidays.  But as we help, we want to be doing the kind of help that helping is all about and not the kind of help we all could do without.  You may have seen articles around this (and last) year ...

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5 Christmas Movies that Pass the Bechdel Test

In order to pass Bechdel test, a movie must have three things: Two named women characters Who have a conversation with each otherThat is not about a man  You may or may not be surprised that Christmas movies that pass the Bechdel test are hard to come by, but here are five. (note to Netflix and Amazon Prime: get it together, you aren't streaming any of these Bechdel-approved flicks.)  Almost Christmas  A big ...

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Happy Diwali!

DIWALI is an annual festival of lights that symbolizes the victory of light over darkness and good over evil. And even though it's a Hindu celebration (also celebrated by Sikhs and Jains), Christians can really get behind its message.  If you're not familiar with our scriptures, we do talk a lot about light defeating darkness. The light shines in the darkness,     and the darkness could not overcome it. John 1:5  the people who ...

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Why Doubting Believers are More Important than Ever

Friends, Now is the time to put your doubting skills and tendencies to work, and I'm not talking about God. I'm talking about information. When you receive information that just doesn't sound like something a particular person/organization/source would say, don't default to the-whole-world-has-gone-crazy-why-not-them way of thinking. Put on your doubting caps. Recently churches all over a Texas town got a mailer that was ostensibly from a local Presbyterian church urging them to to ...

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Feel Good Friday #12

Not gonna lie. It was hard to come up with Feel Good Friday on a week that has felt really lousy...but that's why it is important. When the bad news is crushingly overwhelming, we need to be reminded that are good people doing good things all over the place--they just don't get much press. And we should never, ever, ever underestimate the healing power of laughter. Two kids who met ...

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