How Greta Spent Her Spring Break

Greta Van Susteren, host of MSNBC For the Record, traveled over Spring Break. Like millions of other Americans, she took a trip. But she didn’t soak in the waters of the Caribbean or play on the beaches of Cancun. She went to Northern Iraq and documented the travails of Christians rebuilding their communities. She saw “ISIS devastation with my own eyes,” and it’s heart-wrenching. It brought back many memories for me. Last year, I interviewed dozens of Iraqi refugees, those… Read more

This Colorado “church” wants to worship pot

Last week, the Colorado House rejected an attempt to ban pot use in churches.  Who would have thought that this would even be something to think about? But  the controversial International Church of Cannabis opened in Denver forcing the hand of stunned legislators. State Rep. Dan Pabon, D-Denver, proposed an amendment to a broader bill on pot use to bar pot use in churches.  He said it was needed to “protect Colorado’s reputation.” I’ve lived in Colorado now for 15 years. It’s a great state… Read more

Christians checking out of society – Is this our highest calling?

An entire generation of Christians are feeling uncertain these days. Having put their hopes in a political solution to society’s ills they are realizing that maybe all the lobbying, letter writing, protesting and voting was for naught. This goes for both sides of the aisles. I have several friends and a brother that do not vote. They’ve stayed away from politics and they seem quite content. (Although a couple of them have no problem sniping at politicians, which seems incongruous… Read more

Napping in the Gethsemane (When apathy and empathy collide)

The prayers were agonizing. They were so intense that red sweat stained his white robe on this blackest of nights. The sorrow was excruciatingly deep, painful and overwhelming. Jesus said he felt like dying. A pall hung over the olive garden, an unsettling silence punctured only by His agonizing plea to His friends, “Stay here. Keep watch with me.” Despite the urgency of His appeal, Peter, James and John missed out on the eternal significance of the moment. After all,… Read more

Are you ready to dream?

As a chubby nine-year old, I dreamt of a new bike, gleaming, new. Almost resplendent. And of course, it was red. And glowing. I promised to God that if I got one for my birthday I would clean it everyday and always lock it up in the shed at night. I closed my eyes and I could almost hear the echoing clack-clack of the playing cards on the spokes. It was chrome shiny and wonderful all over.” I dreamt lots… Read more

Shipwrecked? There’s hope.

We are a shipwrecked people, swamped by the raging seas. Desperately we look for something to cling to, a plank of hope. We know that hope isn’t our money. We know it’s not our fortune. We know it’s not our good looks. We know it’s not our family connection. We know it’s not our jobs. We have tried all of those things, and they just cause us to sink into the dark oceanic abyss. Instead, we find salvation in the… Read more

When you feel like you aren’t qualified to lead

Do you feel like you are just not cut out to carry the load that you have been burdened with? Feel like you’re too old, not smart enough, too young, not experienced enough… Name the excuse and we can all relate. I am currently in several roles — roles I didnt seek out. They are leading people and projects and important things and money. And more often than not, I want to pull back and just follow. Responsibility has a… Read more

What’s the difference between ignorance and apathy?

“What’s the difference between ignorance and apathy?  — I don’t know and I don’t care.”– Mother Goose and Grimm “I the devil, will always see to it that there are bad people. Your job, my dear Wormwood, is to provide me with the people who do not care.” — The Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis I am finding that I’m slowly tuning out, turning off the world around me. The political world and leadership on all sides is simply bizarre. I don’t even know what… Read more

Admit it, we all need a little praise

We all love to hear words of praise. I don’t care how self-effacing you are, there is still a welling of pride that comes when others recognize the works of your hands. We like praise. We love praise. We crave praise. It started as children when even the worse drawing with a blunt crayon was hung on the refrigerator. Proudly beaming for days, we sulked when it finally had to come down. Something inside of us wants our efforts to… Read more

Ready to fly?

You just never know You never know where an interest will lead You never know what a passion will inspire You never know who else you motivate You never know … You might just change the world   Let me tell you a short story about a man named Milt He was a pastor by trade, but he spent his early morning hours  watching warblers, spotting starlings, and tracking terns He had a fascination with birds. He studied them with… Read more

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