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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 #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 […]


Day #1 of “Four Actions to Teach Our Children in Response to Evil”: LAMENT

Christians sometimes fail to mourn evil, particularly when we’ve not felt its impact personally.  The Bible never does. From start to finish, and especially in the Psalms, the Bible names and mourns all that is bent and broken in our world, from hidden thoughts of the human heart to the affairs of nations. “How long, […]


Four Actions to Teach Our Children in Response to Evil

Our nation is freshly torn by old wounds.  We grieve and grapple with the killing of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and others … and with what has transpired since … and with all that it represents. My own heart aches as well.  At the cruel and degrading death of a man, made in the image […]


Learning and Leading: An Interview With Philip Pattison

I recently had the opportunity to ask my friend Philip Pattison a few questions about ministry and leadership. Philip is the Founder and Executive Director of Foster the Bay, a coalition of churches committed to providing a loving home for every child in foster care in the San Fransisco Bay area, as well as wrapping around […]