Christmas Help Needed: Toys for Kids in New Jersey

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Over at The Anchoress, fellow blogger Elizabeth Scalia highlights a last-minute need that you can be a part of helping meet! She writes: Folks, I know things are tight all over and it’s late in the season, and you probably have already made your charitable gifts for Christmas, but I wonder if I can tug at your sleeve for a little help.There is an agency in Paterson, New Jersey, connected to Catholic Charities, and doing outreach and counseling for troubled families — in some cases Dad is jai … [Read more...]

Gifts of the Season: Advent Ideas that Won’t Break the Bank

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Advent (meaning “arrival” or “coming”) is a spiritual season of preparation leading up to Christmas, as Christians get ready to celebrate the birth of Jesus. This season is characterized by personal prayer and repentance along with corporate expressions of anticipation, hope and joy.Of course, another hallmark of this holiday season is the focus on giving.  According to the American Research Group, this year it is estimated that shoppers will spend an average of $854 for gifts, up $200 from l … [Read more...]

The Day I Grew Up

I remember feeling all alone on November 11, 1990.

22 years ago this Sunday, I was a young child sitting in church when my mom suddenly told me to call an usher.  Here is what happened the day I almost lost my mom and brother... and how that experience still impacts me today.   My mom was 29 weeks pregnant, and I was a spunky six-year-old.  It was a Sunday, so my mom and I were in the morning church service (typical).  My dad was out of town on business (also typical).  It was November 11, 1990.The kind ushers had just taken up the o … [Read more...]

Cracker Barrel Salutes Veterans with Month-Long Celebration

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Are you looking for a way to get a head start on your Christmas shopping and support the troops at the same time?  Here is a great initiative that offers you the opportunity to do just that!Cracker Barrel Old Country Store salutes veterans of the United States military, many of whom are guests and employees, with a special month-long celebration of Veterans Day in addition to year round efforts.   From November 1 through November 30, 2012, Cracker Barrel will donate 10% of the retail sales pr … [Read more...]

A Father’s Legacy, A Son’s Autism, and the Power of Redemption: A Conversation with Emily Colson

Emily Colson and her dad grew closer through the years.

Most people remember the late Chuck Colson as the White House “hatchet man” and convicted Watergate felon turned Evangelical Christian leader and and founder of Prison Fellowship and the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview.  Colson passed away on April 21 at the age of 80 after complications resulting from a brain hemorrhage, and I had the honor of attending his Memorial Service at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. on May 16.  Though the service was a somber occasion, it was also … [Read more...]

Shared Mission, Eternal Purpose: Lessons from the Perfect Father-Son Relationship

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Last week on The Salt Shaker, we featured a four-part series on four young men whose prominent dads have started highly successful organizations, and the sons are now working with their dads to carry on those efforts.  Each of these guys shared unique insights on the challenges and rewards of working with their dads, and also included some fun anecdotes from growing up:Life With Father: A Conversation With Nathan ZachariasFrom Resistance to Respect: A Conversation With Jonathan Youssef … [Read more...]

Dynamic Duo: A Conversation With Jordan Sekulow

Jordan Sekulow, 29, is Executive Director of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ).

For Jordan Sekulow, the fight to ensure freedom and liberty in the U.S. and around the world has been a central part of his life from a very early age.  The son of Jay Sekulow, Jordan, 29, now serves as Executive Director of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), a leading international public interest law firm founded in 1990 and led by his father.“My work with my dad has developed naturally over the years,” says Jordan.  “On radio, I started co-hosting with him, and then filling in … [Read more...]


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