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Anxious this Year? Little Choices Can Make a Difference (“Small Matters” Keynote)

I’ve felt the tug of anxiety this year more than ever in my life.  I don’t mean the sharp, clinical kind.  Rather, it’s more like a low-grade fever.  Sometimes the feeling fades to almost nothing.  Other days it threatens to color everything I see. Many, many friends have confessed similar feelings.  It’s as if anxiety […]


Washington Examiner: US Children Facing Increased Risk of Abuse under COVID

The article Invisible Children in the Washington Examiner explains how COVID lockdowns and closures – while protecting children from catching or spreading the virus – have boosted risks of abuse while decreasing the likelihood anyone will notice. It begins with statistics on dramatic drops in reports of child abuse: from 51% in New York to 55% in Massachusetts. But […]


New: CAFO Study on the Rapid Return of Children in Residential Care to Family as a Result of COVID-19

COVID-19 continues to impact vulnerable children and families around the world. In response to the pandemic, some governments have required residential care providers to rapidly return children to families without proper preparation for the transition.  While family reunification should be a priority whenever possible, these mandates put many nonprofits in a challenging position by forcing […]


Small Choices Amidst the Crisis

Crises sometimes demand actions big and bold.  An Alamo stand.  A Dunkirk rescue.  A Selma march.  But just as often, it is small, easy-to-miss choices that – cumulatively – turn the tide.  Think of the resolve of the British throughout the siege of London, digging out of the rubble brick by brick each morning.  Or […]


The Hidden Gifts of Coronavirus Constraints…and How to Receive Them

In the life-altering limitations of coronavirus, there are remarkable gifts to be found.  That’s nothing new for Christians, who serve a God who took on flesh and subjected himself to the bounds of time and space.  Indeed, we believe true freedom is found only in the constraints of love, obedience and service.  Christianity Today ran […]


How Coronavirus Impacts the Heart…and Three Things You Can Do About It

Every hour, a new reason for coronavirus fear comes across the wire.  Hospital overload.  Travel bans.  Food shortages.  Economic pain. Everyone from global leaders to ordinary citizens strains to peer ahead.  This forethought is appropriate in times of crisis – seeking to discern what is coming and how we might prevent the worst. But we […]