Our Work and Our Needs

Fundraising has never been my strong suit, and frankly, asking for financial support is hardly one of "my favorite things". Continue Reading

It’s In The Cards

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The volume of Christmas cards coming into our home has gone way down, year after year, replaced by online greetings, which are now the norm. Continue Reading

The Conservative Dinosaur

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Come, come, my conservative friend, wipe the dew off your spectacles, and see that the world is moving. -Elizabeth Cady Stanton A woman stomped up to me after I’d spoken to a church a few years ago, stuck her finger in my face and hissed, “Your days are numbered!” I’d just preached on the sanctity of life and the definition of marriage and family, all of which, she predicted, were beliefs soon to exit America’s value system. “Your time is over” she repeated several times, identifying herself as a committed liberal Christian whose Continue Reading

Losing Heart, Acting Out

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Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we do not lose heart. -II Corinthians 4:1 When the going gets tough, it’s easy to fall back on tried and true comforting devices. I think that’s one reason so many people who struggle with chemical dependency, alcoholism, or sexual sin, keep returning to their counter-productive behavior – not just because it’s so addictive, but because it has a proven track record of medicating the pain away. And these days, who hasn’t got some pain they’d like to medicate? Paul, I Continue Reading

Friend, Interrupted

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A true friend never gets in your way unless you happen to be going down. - Arnold H. Glasow Robert was amazing; a young leader gifted with insight, passion and astonishing charisma. I first met him in 1971 when he was leading a home Bible study, and though he was barely twenty one years old at the time, he taught with an authority years beyond his age. I hooked up with his ministry team; in eight months I was on staff full time. Continue Reading

Remembering Freedoms

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Hoping you’re having a wonderful, blessed celebration of the many freedoms we’ve been blessed with. Renee and I are enjoying, right along with you, a day long fest of friendship, crazy fun and lots of all the wrong kinds of food. Continue Reading

The Same-Sex Wedding Invitation Debate

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Lots of buzz lately about whether or not a Christian should attend a same-sex wedding ceremony. And as buzz goes, this one’s awfully relevant, as more and more believers are facing this practical, emotional choice: Accept the invitation although I don’t believe in same sex marriage, or decline and risk alienating someone I deeply love? And as the old song goes, Everybody’s Talkin’. Stephen Arterburn of New Life Ministries recently blogged at the Huffington Post that Jesus would definitely say yes to such an event, so we should go and do Continue Reading

Darts Among Friends

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Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. - Ephesians 5:16 In Shakespeare’s Othello the evil character Iago acts out his hatred for one man, and his contempt for people in general, by dividing. He whispers insinuations to Othello, then to his beloved wife Desdemona, and his caption Cassio as well, arousing suspicions between them as he manipulates each against the other. In the end, lives are lost and hearts are broken, all because people believed Iago’s lies and acted on Continue Reading

From the Ashes – Remembering 9/11

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You remember where you were when it all came down. And what you were doing, and how you felt when you first saw the surreal images that caused so many of us to say “This can’t be happening.” Nothing in modern American history matches September 11, 2001, so today we remember, honoring the victims, praising the heroes, and asking ourselves what we learned from that horror. Continue Reading

A Lonely Peace

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 Every Thursday we'll post something about relationships. Hope it's useful. “Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you!” - Luke 6:26   I had a rough experience as a 17-year old, a spiritual and emotional boot-camp event which I thank God for now. It shaped me, and my approach to Christian life and service, by hammering into me a simple, critical truth: Peace of mind trumps popularity. Continue Reading