Orphan Justice: Understanding Why Children are Orphaned in the First Place

Orphan Justice: Understanding Why Children are Orphaned in the First Place

My friend Johnny Carr wrote a book that, if you are passionate about orphan care and adoption, you really must read. It’s called Orphan Justice: How to Care for Orphans Beyond Adopting. The thing is, most people enter the complexities of orphan care and poverty alleviation through the doorway of adoption.  That was our story, … Read More

On Adoption and Being an Adoptee (with Margot Starbuck)

On Adoption and Being an Adoptee (with Margot Starbuck)

I’m so pleased today to be introducing you all to my friend, Margot Starbuck.  (That’s her on the left, perky and genuine).  Margot is an author of several books (including most recently “Permission Granted” which releases on March 1 (haven’t read it yet, but will soon!)).  She is a contributor at Red Letter Christians, justice advocate, … Read More

"New Adult:" When Harry Potter Meets Fifty Shades of Grey

"New Adult:" When Harry Potter Meets Fifty Shades of Grey

photo source: NYmag.com New Adult.   That is the name of the newest fiction genre in publishing intended to tap the market of young people (and moms?) who have evolved from Twilight, The Hunger Games, and Harry Potter.  This consumer group is hungry for protagonists slightly older in age, and for story-lines featuring explicit sexual … Read More

The Productivity Trap: When Do You Pull The Emergency Break?

The Productivity Trap: When Do You Pull The Emergency Break?

photo source: www.albertvick.com Normally when I’m tackling a problem, an unresolved situation, a heavy schedule, things that have me physically or emotionally spent, my typical response is: stay positive, calm, and push through. But can this approach (on occasion) be counter productive?  What if “try harder” results in a worse product?   My children love … Read More

Church Small Groups: The Difference Between Leading and Participating

Church Small Groups: The Difference Between Leading and Participating

I have ‘small groups’ on the brain. In a week our church launches the next batch of ‘community groups,’ that is, mid-week gatherings between different people in the church to study the Bible and grow closer as friends. Currently as a leadership team we’re evaluating last semester’s challenges and successes, making a plug each Sunday … Read More