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Small Choices Amidst the Crisis

Crises sometimes demand actions big and bold.  An Alamo stand.  A Dunkirk rescue.  A Selma march.  But just as often, it is small, easy-to-miss choices that – cumulatively – turn the tide.  Think of the resolve of the British throughout the siege of London, digging out of the rubble brick by brick each morning.  Or […]


The Hidden Gifts of Coronavirus Constraints…and How to Receive Them

In the life-altering limitations of coronavirus, there are remarkable gifts to be found.  That’s nothing new for Christians, who serve a God who took on flesh and subjected himself to the bounds of time and space.  Indeed, we believe true freedom is found only in the constraints of love, obedience and service.  Christianity Today ran […]


How Coronavirus Impacts the Heart…and Three Things You Can Do About It

Every hour, a new reason for coronavirus fear comes across the wire.  Hospital overload.  Travel bans.  Food shortages.  Economic pain. Everyone from global leaders to ordinary citizens strains to peer ahead.  This forethought is appropriate in times of crisis – seeking to discern what is coming and how we might prevent the worst. But we […]


Gandalf Speaks to the CAFO2020 Theme: Video Clip

In a poignant moment of the movie, The Hobbit, the elf queen Galadriel asks Gandalf why he chose such a small and thoroughly unimpressive creature as Bilbo Baggins to play a central role in the great quest to vanquish a dragon and reclaim the kingdom under the mountain. “Why the halfling?” she questions. Gandalf’s answer […]


Announcing … The CAFO2020 Theme!

Years ago, I struggled mightily as I neared the end of college, grappling with what I imagined to be the great crossroads of my life. My parents embodied one potential route.  It was rooted, local, steady.  They’d raised my three brothers and me in the same community where Dad grew up.  He taught at the […]


Soul Sisters – A Story of Impact

We recently heard a touching story of three high school students –  Ashleigh, Brooke and Alexandria – who through their skills and budding entrepreneurship joined in this vision of seeing every child experience God’s love and knowing that all of us have a place. They were among 40,000 students at Christ in Youth (CIY) Christian […]