“A Big Heart” Supports Abortion

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Occasionally, a story breaks that illustrates just how utterly backward we are as a society when it comes to standing up for those who can’t stand up for themselves. Here’s such a story: A meant to be warm-and-fuzzy piece on The New York Times’ “Weddings/Celebrations” website describes how Miami Heat’s team captain Udonis Haslem and his new wife, Faith Rein, fell in love, in part, while overcoming a tremendous challenge together. What was the challenge, you may ask. A forest fire? … [Read more...]

The Sabotage of Sexual Sin

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From Robert Kennedy Jr.’s “Dirty Journal”: “Despite the terrible things happening in the world, my life is . . . great,” Kennedy wrote on Nov. 5, 2001. “So I’ve been looking for ways to screw it up. I’m like Adam and live in Eden, and I can have everything but the fruit. But the fruit is all I want.” The fruit Robert Kennedy Jr. wanted was sex with women other than his wife, Mary Richardson Kennedy. Robert kept a journal about his encounters with multiple women, assigning … [Read more...]

Friday Fun – Hummingbirds!

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From the movie "Ray": Ray Charles: I hear like you see. Like that hummingbird outside the window, for instance. Della Bea Robinson: [astonished] I can't hear her. Ray: You have to listen. Della: [closes her eyes and listens] YES! Ray: Yeah. Yes, you can... Uh-oh...did you hear that? Della: What?! Ray: Her heart just skipped a beat. We have several ruby-throated hummingbirds migrating through The Briar Patch these days. Their hearts (the size of a grain of rice) beat … [Read more...]

“Trust me…it’s for your good.”

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A few years ago, I counseled a family that was about to break apart. One core issue was that the husband/father was domineering. He wanted to be “in the know” on everything. He’d call his children on their cell phones every 15 minutes when they were out to make sure they were where they said they’d be. And he’d check his wife’s receipts, look at her email, and monitor her Facebook. The presence of this man loomed over the lives of his family like the smog over L.A. when the wind … [Read more...]

Fathers…Superheroes or Superzeroes

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“Would you tell me about your dad?” That’s one of my favorite questions to ask another person. Few inquiries surface strong feelings quicker. I’ve had people respond by turning fifty shades of red. Some have sobbed with disappointment. Others have come alive inside, smiling ear to ear as they tell me stories of the strength and compassion of their "old man.” I’ve never had anyone respond weakly to that question. I love the response that Tim Harris gave to NPR Storycorps. … [Read more...]

Country living and the birds out back

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"O LORD, what a variety of things you have made! In wisdom you have made them all. The earth is full of your creatures." - Psalm 104:24 (NLT)   Jamie and I sat outside on our back patio one evening last week and watched a variety of birds visit our feeder. We also have a broken water spigot below the kitchen window that is creating a bird bath (and likely foundation damage). I also put up a picture of our windmill because...well, it's just a cool windmill. Not pictured: We also … [Read more...]


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