The New World Good Music Brings

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“The music, while it lasted, brought a new world into being.” – Wendell Berry in Jayber Crow My seven-year old daughter, Claire, is always squirmy. Except when she’s on my lap at a concert listening to Sara Groves sing Fireflies and Songs. In that moment, and that moment alone, she’s entranced and deeply contented in a way that reveals itself in a few motionless moments. As the song began, she leaned over and whispered into my ear, “Dad, I know this one.” Then she kissed me on … [Read more...]

Musings on 1.7 billion dollars, spirited debates, and Toto

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I have two reflections on 2012 election season as I’m pacing back and forth like a caged panther waiting for results to come in: Musing #1: Far too much money was spent campaigning by both parties. There must be at least 1.7 billion ways to better spend $1.7 billion dollars. Think of how helpful those dollars would have been to Sandy’s victims, or to those researching pediatric brain cancer, or to organizations such as International Justice Mission or Compassion International. I’m … [Read more...]

Orphan Sunday

Orphan Sunday - November 4, 2012

Today is Orphan Sunday! Please join me in praying for children around the world who are in need. We call them the "fatherless" or the "orphan"...but this ALSO includes nearly a half million children who are in the United States foster care system. According to HHS, "On September 30, 2010, there were an estimated 408,425 children in foster care." To donate or get involved, please check out the Christian Alliance For Orphans website. They have a resource page of trusted agencies. Also, please … [Read more...]

An Intolerant Attack On Intolerant Christians

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I love ironies. Here’s one (two, as you’ll see) that I found on Huffington Post’s website that was gifted to us by Marilyn Sewell: “Conservative evangelical Christians are sure that they are right about so much, but from my vantage point, much of what they believe is unloving and in fact destructive.” Do you, Ms. Sewell, believe that you are right about this statement you made? If so, then we agree (in practice, at least) on one thing: people contend for what they believe. … [Read more...]

The Whitetail Rut…They’re Crazy!

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The air almost smells different. It’s the beginning of the rut, a frenzied time of year. They become vulnerable. They run around with their tongues hanging out, making erratic, impulsive decisions that could shorten their lives…or, if they’re lucky, help them score. They become strange, unpredictable creatures – sometimes you see them, sometimes you don’t. They change from moment to moment. They get tunnel vision—life becomes about one thing. They eat and sleep just enough to supply … [Read more...]

Why Nipping At Others Doesn’t Work In Kennels Or Marriages

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Nobody likes to be nipped at all the time. Just ask our German Wirehair, Ezra. We got a yellow Labrador puppy a few weeks ago, and she will not stop biting, jumping on, and hounding poor ol’ Ez. (Click on file below to see a short video of Ezra's new life.) Nipping at your spouse isn’t a great strategy for marriage, either. Couples that bite, jump on, and hound one another have toxic, energy-depleting marriages. When I meet with a husband and wife in a dog-eat-dog marriage, I hear … [Read more...]

Lance Armstrong’s Ends…Do They Justify His Means?

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A friend recently asked a question that many of us are asking these days. He wrote: “I’m torn between two ideas: ‘Lance Armstrong is the greatest fraud in the history of sport’ AND ‘Look at all the lives he's saved with his Livestrong foundation.’ Does the end justify the means?” To ask the question, “does the end justify the means?” admits that something ethically, morally, or legally wrong took place. The question is moot if the means were morally acceptable. From a … [Read more...]

“Your Pension Is Bigger Than Mine”

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“I don't look at my pension...it's not as big as yours.” – President Obama I enjoy debates, but that comment last night irks me on many levels. We are in big trouble as a nation when we attach significance, worth, and sense of superiority to being either rich or poor. The Prosperity Gospel (God wants you to give you more wealth than others have) is venom spit from the mouth of the snake. But so is Liberation Theology (God wants us to redistribute wealth so that everyone has an equal … [Read more...]

Pentagon Employees Surfing Web For Porn

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Should I defend our nation against foreign terror, or should I surf the web for porn? Unfortunately, according to a Bloomberg report, this is a question some employees at the United States defense headquarters are asking. (Click this link to read the full Bloomberg report) Executive Director John James Jr. wrote a memo that states that various government employees and contractors were “engaging in inappropriate use of the MDA [Missile Defense Agency] network.” He … [Read more...]

Bowhunting & Debating – Paul Ryan Makes The Connection!

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If you like to hunt and fish, you've got to admire a politician who approaches a debate like he approaches a morning in a treestand. Let me just say, if I were a whitetail or a politician...I wouldn't want to wander into Ryan's territory. Henry David Thoreau wrote: “There is a period in the history of the individual, as of the race, when the hunters are the ‘best men,’ as the Algonquins called them. We cannot but pity the boy who has never fired a gun; he is no more humane, while his … [Read more...]