To Vote or Not to Vote?

Sharon Current Events, Politics, Worldview 1 Comment

I really debated over whether or not to write this blog. In general, I don’t like to weigh in on political issues. It’s such a distraction from the things that really matter–namely, the Gospel. Government, politicians, and even policies that reflect Christian values–all these things can quickly become idols that supplant Christ. Even so, I decided to throw in my …

Too Good for Girl Time?

Sharon Friendships, Girl Stuff Leave a Comment

Have you ever noticed that there’s a Christian ranking system about what constitutes the best, most holy spiritual activities? Not that anyone publicly acknowledges this system, but you’ll see it when you get that “look” of judgment from your friends. Like when you opt out of attending a special lecture series put on by your church, or you don’t participate …

C.S. Lewis on Being Yourself

Sharon Self-esteem, Theology 1 Comment

Has anyone ever told you to “be yourself?”   I find myself telling people to “be themselves” quite a bit. When applying for a job, going on a date, preaching a message, writing an article, and the list goes on and on, that is the token advice we give. And for good reason–it’s so tempting to mimic other peoples’ styles …

Evangelical She-Women

Sharon Missions, Women's Ministry Leave a Comment

Evangelical women get a bad rap. These days, the world conceives of evangelical women as little more than Christian Stepford wives. They look pretty, they obey their husbands, and they churn out babies like there’s no tomorrow. And if they’re really good, they’ll get their own reality t.v. series about what it’s like to homeschool 16 kids. This is not, …

Duke Football as a Mark of the Fall

Sharon Encouragement, Theology Leave a Comment

Yesterday I went to the Duke-Miami game. It was brutal. But not because my team lost. Yes, it was a heart-breaking defeat, but given the fact that we led almost the entire first half, I consider it a moral victory. With a current record of 3-3, the Duke Football program is actually making a startling resurgence after years of losing …

Fear Factor

Sharon Theology Leave a Comment

This week I’ve been been preparing for a talk I’m giving at Campbell University’s Campus Crusade. I’m speaking two days before Halloween, so they’ve asked me to speak on the topic “Fear Factor.” As I’ve researched the various dynamics of fear in preparation for the message, I decided to do a search of different phobias. I’ve heard of the common …

The Sin of Adam

Sharon Pro-life, Worldview 2 Comments

Right now I am sitting on a plane that is somewhere between Minneapolis and Raleigh-Durham. This weekend I was in Albuquerque, NM for a family reunion, and even though the idea of a family reunion might sound kinda lame, just picture a large band of Hoddes wandering around random tourist attractions like the Rattlesnake Museum and a landmark commemorating the …

The Only Thing to Fear Is Fear Itself

Sharon Current Events, Worldview Leave a Comment

This is a scary time. That is for sure. But how we respond to the current state of our nation says a lot about our faith. How do you react in the face of fear? This is a question I’ve been asking myself a lot lately, but not just because of the Presidential race, and not just because of the economy. This afternoon I …