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War on Drugs Causes Insanity

War on Drugs Causes Insanity

If insanity is doing the same thing over and over again while expecting a different result, our nation is clearly insane. This month’s post may initially disturb some of my conservative friends. If it does, I ask you to read through to the finish.  I am only seeking the truth. The War on Drugs is not just a failure. It is an outright cancer, an active force that is destroying individuals, families, institutions, and our culture. It has been doing so for almost fifty years. When are we going to...

A 27 Year Old’s Greater Wisdom

A 27 Year Old’s Greater Wisdom

In one of God’s “thin threads” of unexpected connections, I just finished a book about an American hero whom I did not know just a few weeks ago.  And yet her life has immediate implications for my current thoughts and actions. The book is The Appalling Strangeness of the Mercy of God, which is the story of Ruth Pakaluk, as told by her own letters and by her husband, Michael. Ruth was born in 1957 in New Jersey. She lived for 41 years and died in 1998 of metastasized breast cancer.  Dr. Daniel...

Amazing Love that Healed a Wretch Like Me

Amazing Love that Healed a Wretch Like Me

We are blessed to have five grown children who, with their spouses, shine brightly--first as people, and then in the areas where they have focused their gifts and talents. Our oldest son, Parker, is a doctor in Austin, and he has written a moving opinion piece in The Houston Chronicle about love, understanding and healing. I recommend Parker's piece to you. And I challenge you, as I have challenged myself, to apply these Christ-like principles to the people and the relationships in our lives...

Spiritual Warfare

Spiritual Warfare

This month’s post is written primarily  to believers. It will make little sense to others, and even believers don’t typically spend much time focused on Spiritual Warfare, which is exactly what Satan wants, and makes his destructive mission much easier. Satan particularly hates believers because we will spend eternity where he began but can never return: in Heaven with God.  He does everything he can to lie and to confuse, insuring that as few people as possible accept Christ’s free gift of...

Practical Thoughts On Our Next Step

Practical Thoughts On Our Next Step

This Saturday I spent the first part of the day on two unrelated but connected events. In the morning I assisted my talented wife as she visited several Estate Sales on their second days, looking for bargains from the belongings of those who moved to a different place, either to a different home or to the life beyond. And then we attended the Memorial Celebration for a mother, grandmother and thirty-year-career elementary school teacher who I’m sure left behind many physical things, but...

Time To Focus on People

Time To Focus on People

Our recent elections and subsequent events have left many of us slightly exhausted but cautiously optimistic about the future of our country. Conservatives now have a HUGE responsibility to govern creatively and well, from the White House to the majority of local counties.  Many of us have asked and prayed for this opportunity for years, and now it is here.  We must continue to pray, even more now, for those in office and for their advisers, that God will put men and women in positions of...

In Awe of Families

In Awe of Families

We have just returned from two extended family events: our 38th year at a conference center’s Guest Period in the North Carolina mountains, and the celebration of a great aunt’s long and remarkable life in Vermont. The purpose of this short post is to extol families, and to encourage all of us to do everything we can to hold fast to every family member. Before there were tribes, governments, or churches, there were families.  The family is the basic building block of every society and...

Give the Restrooms a Rest

Give the Restrooms a Rest

Before reluctantly tackling this issue, let me stipulate three things. As a follower of Christ, I try to love and understand everyone, while also upholding the Truth. I believe that homosexual activity is wrong—for those who engage in it, I believe that it is a form of bondage, like having an affair or being addicted to drugs, and is much less than God intended for us. We should therefore not encourage it and should protect our children from it. And, let me be clear that I am a sinner saved by...

A Word is Sometimes Worth A Thousand Family Pictures

A Word is Sometimes Worth A Thousand Family Pictures

A parent’s words and actions—particularly those of the father—have much more impact on children than we appreciate.  Everyday conversations can be life changing.  The message to us as parents: Handle with thought and care, and be engaged. Elsewhere I have discussed the tragedy of absentee fathers.  Here I want to remind both fathers and mothers, using simple examples, how important our words and actions are. From being a son with brothers to raising five grown children, I can attest that your...

The Coming Persecution For Our Beliefs on Marriage

The Coming Persecution For Our Beliefs on Marriage

Note: I apologize for the unusual length of this post.  I tried to divide it into two or three parts, but I found that the key concepts work closely together and cannot be easily separated. I hope that you find the content and conclusions worth the read. We are in a constant battle with secularists who proclaim that neither God’s rules for living nor His provision for our redemption is important or relevant for modern life. This spiritual war continues, and the recent  Supreme Court ruling on...

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