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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 […]


Short Video of One of the Most Moving Moments of the Year

Without exaggeration, it was one of the most moving and meaningful things I’ve experienced in the past year.  It came in the opening moments of CAFO2019, as participants from across the US and around the world offered glimpses of the brokenness and beauty of their own stories in simple signboards – as a birthmother…an exhausted […]


What was the Heartbeat of CAFO2019? Watch the Keynote

Every talk at CAFO2019 wove together threads of the theme – In Brokenness and Beauty…It is Well.  I treasured each one, coming from so many remarkable people.  We’ll share them all.  Here’s a first – my own contribution to that tapestry.  It explores how pain and joy most always come together, intertwined, whenever we follow […]