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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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  • REVIEW: ‘Buttons’ is a fun, feel-good musical
    If Dick Van Dyke is singing and dancing in a movie, then you can guarantee I’m ready to watch it. So it’s no surprise that I jumped at the chance to watch his latest film, Buttons, in which he plays a guardian angel who — yes — sings and dances. Incredibly, the 92-year-old Van Dyke […]
  • Joni and suffering well | Disability and a faith that’s big enough for pain
    A test of a worldview is whether it is big enough to weather sickness, disability, and the scorn of a culture. A week ago Monday (Nov. 26), my friend Joni Eareckson Tada had surgery to remove a cancerous nodule. This less than three years after being declared cancer-free. I’m thankful to say that the procedure […]
  • George H.W. Bush’s ‘quiet faith’ remembered at cathedral funeral
    Former President George H.W. Bush was recalled as a man of “quiet faith” during a state funeral at Washington National Cathedral, a fitting site to memorialize the longtime Episcopalian. “With faith in Jesus Christ, we receive the body of our brother George for burial,” intoned Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry at the start of […]
  • Will Starbucks block Wi-Fi porn in 2019?
    Internet safety advocate Enough Is Enough (EIE) continues to call for Starbucks to keep its November pledge to block Wi-Fi pornography from its 29,000 U.S. coffee shops by 2019. “We will continue to engage the media to keep the pressure on Starbucks until they finally implement filtering in their U.S.-based stores,” EIE President and CEO […]
  • Awe-inspiring ‘Blue Planet II’ leads December streaming lineup
    King David likely would have enjoyed watching nature documentaries on television. After all, he’s the one who told us “the heavens declare the glory of God” (Psalm 19:1) and that mountain peaks and seas fit in “God’s hands” (Psalm 95:4-5). I’m guessing he’d particularly enjoy watching the new BBC documentary Blue Planet II, which examines […]
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