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4 Take-Aways from an Ugly Story

The Times of London recently released an article I’d consider essential reading for any person desiring to engage deep needs in our world’s most broken places. “How the Global Aid Industry Lost Its Way” builds on reports of severe and widespread sexual abuse by foreign aid workers in Haiti. Those entrusted with protection and restoration […]


Being the Leader is Fun…Until it’s Not

“Follow the Leader” is kind of a mediocre game.  I mean think about it.  Red Rover, Red Rover is SOOOO much better even though it’s been banned from most playgrounds for safety reasons (which, come to think of it is EXACTLY why it is so much better).  Duck, Duck, Goose is also better.  So is […]


“No Matter What” Love

Dogs are the best.  We leave Dogs for 8-10 hours during the day, return home, dump a scoop of dried horse meat in their bowl and they treat us like we are the best living creature to ever exist on the planet Earth.  It’s really great to have someone believe this about you.  Dogs personify […]


What Matters Most? A CAFO2018 Manifesto

The great blessing of our era is also its great curse: boundless choices.  We feel it almost always, that tug and yank every-which-way. Sometimes the possibilities sparkle: Great new app for my phone? New restaurant? New fitness plan? At others, they overwhelm. Which school is best for the kids? Would a different church be better? […]


Research Finds Significant Adoption & Foster Care Engagement in US Churches

Lifeway Research last week released findings of new research on American churches with the headline, “Adoption, Foster Care Commonplace in Churches.” The research found that about 4 in 10 Protestant churchgoers say their congregation has been involved with adoption or foster care in the past year. “Foster care appears to come naturally for churchgoers,” concludes […]


Building an “Everyone Can Do Something” Culture at Your Church

The goal of your church is not simply to start a peripheral ministry a few are involved in; it’s to establish a foundation culture of caring for orphaned and vulnerable children everyone has a role to play in. An environment where it’s understood that while we’re not all called to do the same thing, we’re […]