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The Power of Tools and Why You Need Them in Foster Care Advocacy

This morning one of my daughters told me that she wanted to climb Mt. Everest someday. When I asked her why, she said, “Because I like to make snowmen.” Sometimes we make things harder than we need to. I remember one time in particular I was hanging a large cabinet in our laundry room by […]


Farewell, Dr. Karyn Purvis

My throat caught and my shoulders dropped when I heard the news today: Dr. Karyn Purvis ended her long battle with cancer, losing her body to the disease, but confident in a final victory over death through her faith in Christ. Countless parents and friends share the sorrow of this moment. We not only mourn […]


Mirrors and Light

I’m working in a coffee shop this morning. The chair is hard, but the earthy aroma and a friendly hum of conversations and quiet jazz make it a great alternative to the office some days. A lady named Irene just stopped by the table to say hello. We’re friends from church. She held a bright-faced […]


How to Help People in Your Church Find Their Fit in Foster Care

I started playing the trumpet in the 5th grade. I probably started playing for some of the same reasons any 5th grade boy would choose the trumpet: It is louder than the other instruments. Playing the trumpet provided an outlet for engaging in sanctioned obnoxiousness. We as trumpet players always took special pride in knowing […]


The Super Bowl and “the Supersex Myth”

Last week, the cover of a magazine jumped at me from an airport news stand.  It was an attack on anti-human trafficking advocates.  What?  I nearly rubbed my eyes.  That’s like attacking Captain America or Buzz Lightyear.   But reading the attack gave me much to ponder, and I couldn’t help sketching out those reflections in […]


A New Year and Nice New Pointy Crayons

One time for Christmas, some of our kids got those fancy coloring books made for adults. I immediately begged my 6-year-old daughter at the time to let me color one of her pages.  She mercifully decreed that it be so, and I soon found myself lost in the microscopic intricacies of the fanciest pigeon you’ve […]