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Trent Taylor – A Changed Life Who’s Changing Lives

Over the past few years, I’ve had the privilege of a growing friendship with a remarkable young man named Trent Taylor.  Trent is just a couple years out of high school, but I can think of few people I respect more, of any age. Trent has tasted the world at its most broken:  severe neglect, […]


Beautiful Reflections from an Adoptee

I found myself truly moved today watching a short video from a young woman adopted as a child from Romania, Chelsea Sobolik. In it, she reflects on her life journey with an honesty and simple beauty that brought tears to my eyes.   So often, when adoption is spoken of, it is with an accent […]


How Has COVID-19 Impacted the Most Vulnerable Children in America?

Since early in the COVID-19 pandemic, child advocates have warned that the isolation, economic impact, and other consequences of lockdowns could hit vulnerable children especially hard. Studies on what has actually played out over the past year are only beginning to come in, but the data thus far appear to confirm that concerns for children […]


The CAFO2021 Theme in a Single Word?

In the book, The Great Divorce, CS Lewis’ imaginative portrait of hell contains no horns or pitchforks.  Rather, what gives the netherworld such horror is the utter separation.  Its residents are eternally divided from their Creator and one another.  Unable to bear with others, they move continually further apart.   This fanciful image reveals a fundamental […]


One last unexpected for 2020… And a look ahead to 2021

 Unexpecteds defined 2020, from masks to toilet paper runs, canceled church to at-home school. Many of these unexpecteds carried loss, some of it beyond words. And yet, as always is the case, hidden alongside (and sometimes within) those losses came so many unexpected gifts as well.  I’d like to add one last unexpected for 2020, […]


Why #9 Matters So Much to This College Football Player

In a year of unexpected things, this has to be one of my very favorite: a 2-minute football story that somehow makes you both laugh and cry at the same moment. Kari Stewart helps lead the vibrant foster and adoption ministry at Timberline Church in Colorado.  I had the privilege of spending time with Kari […]