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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 […]


Four Seconds

I went to a small Kansas high school.  It was small enough that guys like me got to play football.  When I say “guys like me,” I mean to say that my freshman year, I weighed in at a devastating 110 pounds. Yes, really. As you might imagine, my high school football accomplishments were not […]


Vital Resources for Struggling Adoptive and Foster Families

The current edition of Adoption Today magazine carries an article that begins: Adoptive and foster parents often express what most any parent says at least once in their parenting journey:  it’s both the hardest and most meaningful thing I’ve ever done.  There is no more significant or sacred task than nurturing young souls.  Yet many […]


Slow, Hard Growth…Just as God Intended: Church Orphan Ministry in West Michigan

Jodi Lewis helps lead the orphan ministry at Kentwood Community Church in Grand Rapids, MI.  We’ve been friends for years, and I recall hearing weariness in her voice at times.  But she recently expressed a sense of wonder at all that has happened, seeming suddenly, after years of slow growth.  The journey has been hard […]


A Community Looking Like James 1:27…and James 1:22

Few things stirs gratefulness in my heart as much as stories of times when Christians really look like Jesus.  Ted Fletcher shared one with me recently.  The truth is, the most powerful argument against Christianity is often Christians:  when we live petty and self-absorbed lives that deny the existence of the God we claim. The […]


The Best Part of Summit

As great as Summit is each year, the very best part is what happens afterwards:  the church orphan ministries that start or take big steps forward; the renewed personal passion and mission-minded friendships; the improvements organizations implement in their programs. I read one such report from a good friend who attends Rock Harbor church in […]