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COVID’s Impact on Children: More than One Million Orphaned

Several new reports highlight what those laboring in the field of child welfare have experienced since the beginning of the pandemic:  although COVID-19 has a very limited direct impact upon children, COVID’s indirect impact upon children has been immense. A study in July’s volume of the Lancet estimates that 1.1 million children have been orphaned by COVID – losing […]


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 […]


Child Welfare in the Midst of the Pandemic

The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) hosted a web-based event for DC policymakers and leaders nationwide, Child Welfare in the Midst of the Pandemic.  The event offered a serious look at the impact of COVID response on children and child welfare systems across the country.  Presenters spotlighted a range of critical issues, from the projected spikes […]


Day 4 of “Four Actions to Teach Our Children in Response to Evil”: ADVENT

It’s easy to imagine we are more virtuous merely because we’ve felt or expressed something – whether conviction or indignation or righteous anger or even guilt.   The Bible never does. “Dear children,” urges John, “let us not love with words or tongue, but with actions and in truth.” Certainly, whenever we see the ugly consequences […]


Day 3 of “Four Actions to Teach Our Children in Response to Evil”: ASCENT

Life can leave us feeling that there is no hope, that nothing can change.  The Bible never does. Yes, Scripture is brutally honest about evil.  But then, always, it lifts our eyes.  It calls us to ascent.  Like the ancient Hebrews on their yearly pilgrimage, we are invited time and again to a Godward journey.  […]


Day #2 of “Four Actions to Teach Our Children in Response to Evil”:  REPENT

Many of the world’s great philosophies deny that evil is present in every human.  The Bible never does. “All have sinned,” lands the verdict.  Alexander Solzhenitsyn knew this well.  He experienced firsthand the brutal repression of Russia’s communist government.  That included eight years of forced labor in a Siberian prison.  Yet somehow he saw that […]