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Justice and the Inner Life

“I’m just not sure I can keep going,” he said. He and his wife had moved to Africa to serve in their mid-20s, eyes bright. But after nearly a decade of high highs and low lows, the disappointments seemed to dwarf the progress. “I feel like I’m done.” I’ve heard similar words from adoptive moms […]


All is Gift: Return from a Two Month Sabbatical

I returned this week from two months of sabbatical. (You can read a bit more on the purpose of this time HERE.) I’ll confess I feared re-entry might carry a massive case of the “Monday morning blues.” But it’s the opposite. My heart is full — of gratitude for what lies behind and enthusiasm for […]


Why Sabbatical? Plunging into Two Fallow Months

My heart is full of gratitude as I plunge today into a two-month Sabbatical.   This time comes as an immense gift. I pray it will be rich – perhaps in ways that I do not now expect – in refreshment…in heightened clarity…and in coming to share more deeply the heart of Jesus. In short, I […]


Seven Vital Gift Habits: What Can We Do To Grow Down?

A central theme of CAFO2016 was growing down before upward. (See the talk, “Growing Down.”) It’s fair to ask, why would this matter for people already so committed to justice and mercy? Because nothing but this downward growth will enable us to persevere through the heartache, disappointments and struggle that inevitably come as we draw […]


Is Your First Desire to Grow Upward…Or Down?

The CAFO2016 talk “Growing Down” explores why it is that, if we hope to persevere in long journeys of justice and mercy, we must grow down before we grow upward. Of course, most of us would say we do desire to grow down – to nurture a rich inner life, to be a person of […]