Prayer Request

If anyone reading this feels so inclined, I’d appreciate any prayers for my elderly Mom who has been isolated (“no visitors”) due to the coronavirus pandemic in a continuous care community in California since last March. It is now threatened by the largest wildfire in the state, which is only 15% contained. Please pray notContinue reading “Prayer Request”

Anger

Is anger a sin? Jesus was without sin but Jesus did get angry. And [Jesus] looked around at [the Pharisees who were trying to entrap him] with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart, and said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was restored. Mark 3:5 (emphasisContinue reading “Anger”

Evangelical

I consider myself an Evangelical Christian, and the local church that I attend is an Evangelical Christian church. I was led to Christ – and baptized – by an Evangelical Christian pastor. It seems quite fitting that the occasion of my baptism should cause me to reflect about what it means to be an EvangelicalContinue reading “Evangelical”

Baptized!

Yesterday I was baptized in one of God’s beautiful lakes and streams that dot our landscape and have served as fountains of Life for untold generations. (see, I told you I was a brand new Christian!) My faith — which I know differs from some others — teaches Believers’ baptism. First you are saved byContinue reading “Baptized!”

Pygmalion Effect

The Pygmalion Effect was defined by Harvard researcher Robert Rosenthal in 1968 as,  “the phenomenon whereby one person’s expectation for another person’s behavior comes to serve as a self-fulfilling prophecy.” In the original experiment, Rosenthal gave first and second graders an IQ test and then picked 20% of the students completely at random and (falsely)Continue reading “Pygmalion Effect”