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Catching Glimpses

In the 13  years I’ve been blogging, I have only twice posted something written by someone else. One of those posts belonged to Kelsey, the other to my friend Rusty Geverdt. Rusty and Jen are long time dear friends from Cincinnati.  We served together at…

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Adoption. If I were starting again.

We’ve been on the adoption train for a remarkably long time.  I say remarkably because it just doesn’t seem like that long….the best experiences in life seem to pass quickly, but it’s still remarkable that it’s been eight and a half years since we said…

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Pleading Racial Ignorance

I’ve been thinking a lot about race lately.  Yesterday’s post on interracial adoption was the tip of the iceberg. Today, the email for an adoption group that I work with blew up with discussion about race and adoption…about how to talk to adoptive parents in…

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Interracial Adoption: What About Culture?

In spite of what you might think, I am generally a man of measured response. You may think I speak, tweet or record every thought I have, but it’s not true. Most of my stronger ones  I hold in reserve.  Some of you may find…

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About that experiment…

Judging from the number of direct messages and texts I got on Monday, a good number of you were curious about how the experiment went Sunday night.   If you wanted to come and missed it, sign up here for a reminder next month. In…

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Your Lack of Disqualification

I can summarize tonight’s message in one phrase. People more jacked up than us have been used by God. That may not be the most eloquent way to say it, and I think I ramped up to it a little more elegantly, but it’s the…

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Onward and Upward

We spend too little time thinking about the future. I’m not talking about our future.  I’m talking about The Future.   And I’m not just talking about eschatology, or as we like to say ‘where this thing is going’.  I’m talking about both where this…

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In it to the elbows.

November is National Adoption Month, and Kelsey and I are in to the elbows.  Am I the only one who’s ever heard this phrase?  I’ve used it for years but can’t find it anywhere else. I am also aware that my dad used it in…

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OK, let’s light this firecracker.

This Sunday, October 19  6pm Covenant Chapel Auditorium  (MAP) Hey friends, We’re a few days away from pressing the button on our big experiment and details are coming together nicely. There are a few things I wanted you to be aware of… Worship is going to be sweet.  …

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On Giving to a Missionary….

Leading a family that has made it’s way as missionaries for ten plus years, I give a fair amount of thought to why people give.   When they give, I wonder what their intentions were.  When they don’t give, I wonder what that means. I’m…

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