You know what… it’s OK to love the church. (VIDEO)

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The church has come under fire these days, drawing harsh words from critics and bloggers every time a celebrity pastor fails. On one hand, I understand these critics... there are problems in the church, and there's no mystery as to why - the church is filled with people who hurt others. We call these people "sinners," and each local church is full of them. So, on one hand, I understand the frustration.Yet, the church is the place that God, in His goodness, gave us in order that we could live … [Read more...]

Do men want isolation? At least one does…

lonely man

Deep in the Amazon jungle lives an isolated man, the lone survivor of a remote tribe. He subsists on wild hogs, spider monkeys, and various plants. Nobody knows the name of his tribe or what language he speaks. What Brazilian officials do know, however, is that he is completely alone. He is the last of his people, and for the past fifteen years, at least, he has been considered by most to be the most isolated man in the world. After about ten years of failed attempts, Brazil’s government field a … [Read more...]

Little friends “roar” in Lucy’s honor

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"The past is never dead, it is not even past." ~William Faulkner It's January 13, and many of us are feeling the sense of possibility that comes with a new year. But, many of us are also feeling a bit blue. There's not quite enough sun around the Midwest these days, and Vitamin D levels, like daily temps, are in the teens or single digits. What's more, the holidays have reminded us of, not only the people who are with us, but also of those who are not. This Christmas and New Year, my heart was e … [Read more...]

Dealing With The Holiday Blues

Lonely Santa girl

The holiday season seems to bring out the blue in all of us. I see it every year – shortly after Thanksgiving, and through the celebrations of the New Year, people struggle with a heaviness of heart. It’s virtually impossible to determine why. Yet, we try. Is it the solar index? Is it the bad news we’ve heard from doctors, family members, or employers? Or is it a failing relationship or unmet expectations for life? It’s hard to sort out sometimes. Whatever makes you blue, here are a few ideas to … [Read more...]

Does Big Government Make Neighbors Superfluous?

Food stamps verses neighbors

I’d rather have a homemade loaf of bread from my neighbor than a loaf of whole grain Wonder bread from the Government. One type of care has a federal stamp on it. The other has a heart beating within it.We talk about whether we want “big government” or “small government” as if we’re talking about what carpet to put in our living room. But the issue could not be more personal. I realize that government controlled social programs are complex, nuanced issues, but I think we need to look at what … [Read more...]


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