Moved

It’s incredible to see momentum created in an area that feels overwhelming. Just this week Michelle and I were approached by two different families who are interested in becoming foster parents. This is encouraging beyond belief.

Throughout our almost two year journey of becoming foster parents, we’ve worked to avoid two different extremes:

  1. That we would be faithful foster parents but would never impact or encourage other people beyond our immediate family. While we can certainly be faithful to the children entrusted to us, the problem dwarves us in size.
  2. That we would be an encouragement to others but that it would be little more than a symbolic gesture on our own part. While we can raise awareness for others, we can also make an impact ourselves and live it out.

That’s why I’ve tried to write about our journey as we go and also why I want to share videos like the one above. It does a tremendous job showing the darkness of the issue while also showing the healing which is possible. While they appropriately titled the short film ReMoved, I titled this post Moved in response. Because that is the hope I have seen through this process.

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The Conundrum of the Cookie

The Conundrum of the Cookie

Life is full of uncertainty.

As a case in point, my wife and I recently had a handful of discussions that belong on an episode of Seinfeld. With the addition of our fourth child we realized that some of our household tasks were getting more difficult to keep up with. As a result, we asked for some recommendations of cleaning companies that could come a couple times a month. We received a handful and finally decided to try out one of the top options. We were both a bit uncertain about how the whole process works as we’ve never used a company like this before.

For our first appointment, my wife took the kids out of the house so that some cleaning could actually take place. When she returned a few hours later, she noticed that the house looked great and had a clean smell to it (maybe that was just mental, but I swear there is a “clean” smell). But one thing in particular caught Michelle’s eye.

There was a half eaten cookie in the living room.

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Giving Up Good Intentions

Faith happens in the disappointment of failure.

"This tendency is exemplified by the way many Gen Yers respond to various social causes. They rallied to share the Kony video with their friends. Many posted pictures of themselves in hoodies to support Trayvon Martin. They texted donations to tsunami relief organizations. There is an intense excitement to do good, to help, to support. Yet after the dopamine hit is felt, it’s on to the next. Without giving any significant amount of time or energy, a generation comfortable with abstraction has confused real commitment with symbolic gestures."

Simon Sinek, Leaders Eat Last
Misquoted Verses (Philippians 4:13)

Misquoted Verses (Philippians 4:13)

This post is part of a series looking at misquoted verses of the Bible. Click here to see others.

As we’ve seen in other passages I’ve looked at in this series, many of the misquoted verses we know are the result of bumper stickers or t-shirts designed to inspire and encourage Christians. There’s nothing wrong with that desire. However, many of the verses or expressions that are used in these examples are more catchy than they are Biblical. Today’s verse is a great example.

Consider the way most translations handle Philippians 4:13:

“I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” NASB95

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The Christian’s Need for Karma

The Christian’s Need for Karma

I was recently asked to write monthly for a couple of Arizona newspapers. For those of you locally who don’t get one of these papers, or those of you who live outside of Arizona, I will try and provide a link back to them each month. My first article was about Christians and Karma in which I explain how our need for forgiveness runs deeper than our need for fairness.

Click here to read the article in the online version of the East Valley Tribune.

Click here to read the article in the online version of the Ahwatukee Foothills News.