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I’ve heard the phrase “Don’t be clever, be clear.”  Which is kind of clever in itself and begs the question, “Why can’t we be both?”  Granted, if you are forced at gunpoint to choose, go with clarity, but if you’re given the freedom…I say we try. When treated correctly, humor is a public speaker’s friend.…

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Trust Issues

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I wandered the hallway of our ranch style house last night with a cranky baby in my arms.  I’m not sure what Scout’s problem was.  Even when he’s awake at night, he’s rarely fussy, but last night he was making a stink about life in general. Some time around 4:30am, I tapped out and Kelsey…

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I Believe in Wave After Wave

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Earlier this week, I was able to spend a few hours in Malibu. I’m not an beach guy.  Don’t hate.  I’m just not.  When I think about vacation places, the beach never enters my mind. I would normally rather eat at Whataburger for a week than go to the beach.  I don’t know if I’ll ever…

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A Guide to Fame In Hell

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There’s this crazy story in the book of Acts where, in the wake of amazing miracles done by the Apostle Paul, other people – people who didn’t necessarily believe in Jesus – started trying to do the stuff in Jesus’ name. At face value, it’s a resounding endorsement of Paul’s ministry. The counterfeit only follows…

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Open Adoption From The Other Side

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Last week there was a laughable article circulating about adoption agencies needing volunteer baby cuddlers.  My phone and email went crazy asking if it was true.  Largely, it is not.  That is the dreamy perspective of adoption – that somewhere there is a room full of babies waiting to be matched up with people to…

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Thoughts on visiting Cincinnati…

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I’ve spent the last 20 hours in Ohio.  It was after 1am by the time I found my hotel last night at 2am before my head found the pillow.  I was up early for a 7:30am meeting with another at 11:30am before heading back to the airport. At the 11:30am gathering, we had guests representing…

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Adoption: Do the Stuff Right

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James Webb was arrested Friday in a small town south of Salt Lake City. I don’t know James, but based on reports, he talked a lot about helping people.  He encouraged people to adopt.  He laid out the path for them and encouraged them to open their hearts.   We have that in common…but that’s…

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A year of miracles

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Tomorrow, Scout celebrates his first birthday.  We didn’t know he existed until the next day, when a back channel message got to us….”Your two sets of twins have a brother….”. Minutes into processing that information, we felt we heard from the Lord.  We believed that if his mother could not parent him, then the next…

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Adoption Opens Doors

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I had myself a little moment Monday afternoon.  I was sitting on the runway at Reagan National after several days of trying to escape Washington, DC., when I saw a post on Facebook that had been shared by a friend. I’m not a football fan, so it took me a second to figure out what…

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I regret this picture is necessary.

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As I posted a few days ago, we stood before the US Supreme Court and prayed for the ending of abortion on January 22, the anniversary of Roe v. Wade.   While we were there, Aaron Wong of Bound 4 LIfe took a few photos. I’ve gotta be honest.  I’m not crazy about this one.…

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