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A Modern Day Parable

It shouldn’t be surprising that some of the most popular parts of the Bible are Jesus’ parables. After all the stories are interesting and the spiritual truth they convey profound. In Sunday’s New York Times, Sam Polk, a former Wall Street trader, shared part of his personal history. It’s a story that I would classify

The Most Common Religion Among American Kids

Are you a Christian or are you a member of the growing new American religion called Moralistic Therapeutic Deism? That’s an important question to ask based on research by Christian Smith and others at the National Study of Youth and Religion at the University of North Carolina. After conducting 3000 interviews with teenagers, Smith and his team said that most teens’ religion can be reduced to these five convictions:

Men Can’t Have It All Either

Back in the summer of 2012, Anne-Marie Slaughter responded to a decision by Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo, to severely curtail telecommuting with an article in the Atlantic entitled “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All.” In Tuesday’s post Nathan wrestled with that issue from the perspective of Indra Nooyi, the CEO of PepsiCo.

Before I leave for a long weekend visiting my mom in Minneapolis, I want to come at the same topic from another perspective…the man’s. In an article in the Times, “He Hasn’t Had It All Either,” Michael Winerip shares how he and his wife, both journalists, have each had to make difficult choices regarding work and family.

Love Starts In Passion and Ends In Carpools

Some people (too many people) get married with crazy expectations. They say things like, “Now that I’ve found my soul mate, I’m going to be truly happy” or “She’s exactly what I’ve always wanted” or “When I’m with him I feel complete and whole.” I think that all that’s silly and slightly ridiculous. These are the kind of things people say before they are married but not after they’ve been married any significant amount of time.

An old friend of mine said that before he got married he thought that it was going to be naked bliss. But he found out that when two sinful people enter into the deepest of all human relationships, it’s not always and only naked bliss but also a multiplication of sin.

Because most marriages are a mixture of great companionship and tough learning experiences, the wise person is always on the lookout for helpful marriage advice no matter where it comes from. Enter David Brooks, a columnist for the New York Times and a self identified, if not especially observant, Jew.

22 Answers To Questions About Reading

Why Should I Read?

1. Everyone is looking for a mentor but very few people find one. When I read, it’s as if other people pour into my life. This is especially true with biographies which usually includes key lessons a person learned over the course of their life. By reading the biography I can learn their “life lessons” while there is still time to implement them into my life.

2. No one changed the world by watching television…or changed their family, neighborhood, church, city, or anything really.  

An Odd But Inspiring Marriage Proposal

Adoniram Judson (August 9, 1788-April 12, 1850) was a missionary to Burma (Myanmar). On the day he received his commission to go overseas, he met and fell in love with Ann Hasseltine and soon wanted to propose marriage. The problem was that Judson was committed to foreign missions and the difficult life that entailed. Travel

What Lengths Will You Go To Fight Against Sin?

It seems like the longer that I am a Christian the more aware I am of my own spiritual frailty and even vulnerability. I remember being a new Christian and having the confidence that I’d always stay faithful to Christ much like Peter’s confidence that he’d never deny Jesus. Well we all know how that turned out…not only for Peter but also for us.

Among other things, maturing in Christ means a growing awareness and honesty about the weakness of my flesh, the inability of good intentions, and the foolishness of self-confidence and self-reliance. It turns out that one of the most dangerous thoughts a Christian can have is “I’m good. Don’t worry about me. I won’t do anything stupid or sinful.”

A few months ago I was able to go to a conference in Dallas with a few friends. One of the speakers shared about a pastor who knew that he easily fell into self-confidence especially in regard to his marriage. He had reason to be confident having been happily married for a number of years. But he was also spiritually savvy enough to know that no sin was beyond him.

In order to keep alert to the dangers of sin and the misery that accompanies it, he posted pictures on the inside of his office door of pastors and politicians who had “ruined” their lives by committing the sin of adultery. Every time he left the office he saw the pained expressions on the faces of husbands and wives and was continually reminded that sin never satisfies but only destroys.

Since hearing that story, I’ve thought of that unnamed pastor and been reminded that I’ll never get to a point that I’m beyond committing any sin. Because that’s true, I cannot be passive in my battle against sin but must take any means necessary to fight against the sin that wages war against my soul (1 Peter 2:11).

How To Make Better Decisions In Your Life And Job

We make decisions all the time, and those decisions have an incredible impact on our life. Is there anything we can do to make better decisions? I recently read Decisive: How To Make Better Choices In Life And Work by Chip and Dan Heath. Now I’d be the first to say that this doesn’t sound

This Dad Lost It Big Time

Nick Crews, a retired Royal British Navy officer and father of three adult children, had heard all that he could handle of his kids’ divorces, stagnant careers, and financial problems. After letting his wife bear most of the responsibility of maintaining a relationship with their children and grandchildren, Nick decided he needed to let them

Love Languages: The Good and The Bad

Everywhere I look it seems that I run into someone carrying around one of Gary Chapman’s books on Love Languages. There are plenty to choose from and it seems that he’s left no demographic untouched. There are Love Language books targeted at adults, teens, children, singles, and men. There’s a Love Language devotional, small group