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Winter incident provokes warm memories

It’s winter, but you’d never know it by looking out my window right now. I read about winter storms, mountains getting snow, motorists stranded, power outages, and yet all of those reports are from places where winter really means something. ...

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Gifting outside the box

There are many local and international faith-based charities that provide non-traditional gift giving opportunities worthy of our generosity. Here are several unique ways we can reach out to the needy in the Twin Cities and around the world. Meals for ...

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The gospel of right choices

gospel of right choices

There’s more than one way to get to where you need to go. It’s why I don’t just look up directions on the maps app on my phone. I also check out Google maps. Sometimes they are in sync, other ...

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New Life movie: Real love, real life

New Life movie

As I watched this film, I often felt like the screenwriters had placed a hidden microphone in my home. True love. Romance. Exciting, intimate, emotional connection. Fulfilling, committed partnership. Joys and sorrows. Drama…tragedy…recovery…triumph. This one’s got real love and real ...

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Setting a bigger table

Thanksgiving

The holiday season usually involves family, and for some people that’s a good thing. For others, not so much. The first book I had published was about being a new father. That led to a lot of other writing about ...

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‘Dad, what is abortion?’

abortion

As a parent, you don’t always get to pick the perfect moments for discussing life’s big issues with your children. In fact, sometimes they take place at the absolute worst times — like on a Sunday morning, when you and ...

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Finding rest in the rush

silence

For families, the back-to-school season means new schedules, fresh routines, football, shorter days, and the excitement of focusing again after summer vacation. As fall kicks off, however, the busyness and stress of juggling life can feel overwhelming at times. Amid ...

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Compassion

  • Canadian court denies religious freedom to Christian law school
    The Supreme Court of Canada dealt a major blow to religious freedom Friday (June 15), ruling that law societies in Canada may deny accreditation to a Christian law school. The judgment comes after a long legal battle in several provinces. Trinity Western University’s law school asks students and faculty to follow its “Community Covenant” based […]
  • Iowa, Michigan Christian colleges win freedom from HHS mandate
    A federal district court issued an order Tuesday (June 12) that permanently halts enforcement of the 2011 HHS mandate against two Christian colleges: Dordt College of Iowa and Cornerstone University of Michigan. “Everyone in America, and especially Christian college communities, should be free to live, study, and work consistently with their deeply held beliefs without the […]
  • Justices deny bid from dissident Episcopal churches to keep buildings
    The Episcopal Church in South Carolina is preparing to reclaim control of more than two dozen properties worth an estimated $500 million after the U.S. Supreme Court decided not to hear an appeal brought by a breakaway group of conservative Anglican congregations. “We are grateful for the clarity that this decision offers, and hopeful that […]
  • Anthony Bourdain, suicide, and us | A wake-up call for the church
    An epidemic of staggering and tragic proportions is sweeping the country. And Christians are not immune. This man seemed to have it all. Celebrity chef, TV travel dude, and author Anthony Bourdain circled the globe, going to exotic places, eating the world’s best foods—whether at a West African fish hut or the finest restaurants in […]
  • Justice Department announces new initiative to protect churches
    The U.S. Department of Justice announced a new initiative that focuses on protection of churches to build, expand, buy, or rent facilities — as provided by the land use provisions of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA).” The “Place to Worship Initiative” is designed to increase federal intervention in behalf of religious […]
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