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Our So-Called Prayer Life

Jesus gave instructions that were predicated with “When you pray….”.  Jesus chose His words carefully.  He didn’t say if…not because He wasn’t aware that people might struggle with the idea of a regular prayer life, but because He wanted to give them less wiggle room….

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In Support of Struggle

Struggle is a dirty word in the modern vernacular. Thirty years ago,  those who became celebrities were noted because of their overcoming struggle. Today, many celebrities are simply famous because they’re famous. They’re known for the silver spoon in their mouths, not the struggle that…

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More than fridge and plunger duty….

Sometimes, I think that my kids assume I’m around to keep the fridge full and the toilets plunged – these are basic asset allocation and logistic skills that every parent needs.  What they don’t always understand is that I am ready and willing to do…

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A Time To Experiment…

Kelsey and I are wired to explore, to experiment, and to ask big things from God.  We have friends who are wired the same way.  We think there are others out there, too. We are engaging in a three month experiment and want to invite…

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The Art of Quiet and Alone

Zoe is our most kinetic child.  She generates enough current to jump start a city bus.  She does not have an inside voice.  She understands one role – The Big Sister – and she plays it well, organizing games, announcing what is next and insisting…

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The Battle Is Shifting

I’m struck hard by 9.11.  I am every year.  So many memories come flooding back. I remember the crystal clear blue sky that covered most of the eastern half of the US that day.  It made the video of the attacks all that more real….

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For the sake of the nation…

If you’ve tracked with Kelsey and I very long, you know that this nation is very important to us.  We don’t live under some fringe assumption that the United States is God’s favorite, but rather we see a people poised to accomplish some of the…

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A throwback post…

Almost six years ago, we whirlwind adopted our first set of twins.  I thought it would be fun to repost a blog post from the day we received them.  Here’s what I had to say September 19, 2008. I’m writing this at 3am, and the…

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We Need an Adjustment

I love the church. The small neighborhood church.  The suburban megachurch.  The Church of What’s Happening Now with Signs Following and Continually Giving All Glory Be Unto Him on the Throne.* I love them all, and I think they all carry a piece of what…

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Open or Closed Adoption: A Dad’s Thoughts

At the outset of any adoption journey, a lot of decisions are made.  International or domestic?  Infant or an older child? One child or a sibling group?  One of the most important decisions to be made is the one of open or closed adoption. In…

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