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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 […]


Troubled by Child Separation? 7 Ways We Can Do Something About It

The hearts of many Americans ached over the separation of children from their parents at the US border.  And rightly so.  Children that lack the care and protection of family are, literally, among the most vulnerable beings on earth. That is why, as argued on this blog, “all good public policy begins with the priority of […]


Orphan Sunday 2016 Blew Us Away!

It’s been deeply moving to read reports coming in from Orphan Sunday celebrations all over the world. This simple idea for a day to give special focus to God’s deep love for orphans was born in a small church in Zambia with few resources. Yet once again in 2016 it echoed all around the globe […]


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 […]


Fostering Change: Great Article on the Rising Church Engagement for Foster Youth

The online journal Shared Justice – produced by the excellent team at the Center for Public Justice – carries a great article on the significant growth of Christian involvement in caring for foster youth. [See “Fostering Change:  Recent Partnerships Give Hope to Children in Foster Care.”  The article describes: …both government and the church have […]


Fostering Change: Great Article on the Rising Church Engagement for Foster Youth

The online journal Shared Justice – produced by the excellent team at the Center for Public Justice – carries a great article on the significant growth of Christian involvement in caring for foster youth.  With the CAFO Families for Children Conference coming this Friday in Orlando, it’s a compelling glimpse of the remarkable things happening […]