Hats Off To You, Boston P.D.!

We live under a blanket of protection; a strong, thick cover of safety provided by local heroes - men and women who risk their lives every day so that we can enjoy ours in comfort and peace. We send our sincerest "THANK YOU!" to the men and women of the Boston P.D., FBI, Transit Police, Boston Fire & Rescue, and other first responders. Also, our hearts goes out tonight to the friends and family members of the first responders who died in West, Texas. Of the 35 people who lost their lives, 10 … [Read more...]

How Hancock Helped Ware Hold It Together

In the middle of the worst sports injury ever captured on television, a brother emerged. When Kevin Ware’s teammate, Luke Hancock, saw his friend lying on the floor with six inches of bone protruding from his skin, he felt sick and numb like the rest of America. But then Hancock collected himself and rushed to Ware’s side. Hancock held Ware’s hand and told him that they’d get through this together.Ware didn’t respond at first. He was in shock. So Hancock simply squeezed Ware’s hand and starte … [Read more...]

Life Through A 3-Inch Screen

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Our family recently visited Washington, D.C. I had the privilege of opening the House of Representatives in prayer on Thursday, March 14. We stayed in the city for four days, visiting memorials and museums, and eating some phenomenal meals. I love our small town in “the center of it all,” but we don’t have many ethnic restaurants. The Piphers are foodies, so we scheduled our days in such a way that we’d end up near Peruvian chicken, Mongolian beef, or Turkish lamb during the dinner hour.One t … [Read more...]

Sandhill Crane Migration

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Each March and April, half a million Sandhill cranes migrate through a stretch of Nebraska west of our house. Our family sat in a blind at the Rowe Sanctuary last night and watched several thousand of these cranes fly back to roost on the Platte River. Here are a few pictures and a video from the outing. … [Read more...]

Unable-To-Do-Anything Faith

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Have you ever been pinned down and unable to do anything? I had a friend, Doug, who could grow a Zac-Brown-type beard in 10th grade. He could also bench 250-lbs and throw other 10th-graders around like rag dolls. I’ll never forget the time when Doug twisted my arms and legs into a pretzel and sat on me while my other buddies (and I use that term loosely) ate my share of the pizza. I lost it all because I was pinned down and couldn’t do anything.At the end of Luke’s Gospel we find another man … [Read more...]

When Eggs Are More Than Just Eggs

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If I want to write a Haiku about two chicken eggs, I will. It’s been a discouraging month; few things have worked as they should these past several weeks. I was nearing the end of my rope this afternoon when my 11-year old daughter burst into the house carrying an egg in each hand, rewards of nine months work building chicken houses, hanging roost boxes, providing food & water, and fighting off our two hunting dogs who still think that these chickens were their early Christmas presents. We h … [Read more...]


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