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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


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?’


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


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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  • Tennessee lawmakers pass bill requiring schools to post ‘In God We Trust’
    Public schools in Tennessee soon could be required to post “In God We Trust” in a “prominent location” if the governor signs a bill that cleared the state legislature this week. “Our national motto and our founding documents are the cornerstones of freedom,” the bill’s sponsor, Republican state Rep. Susan Lynn, said in a statement. […]
  • Johnson Amendment remains intact in latest omnibus spending bill
    The part of tax law that prohibits houses of worship from engaging in explicit political activity will remain intact for now, despite concerns that Republican lawmakers would try to repeal it in the latest massive federal spending bill they released this week. The more than 60-year-old law, often referred to as the Johnson Amendment, bars […]
  • American pastor facing up to 35 years in prison in Turkey
    Imprisoned US pastor Andrew Brunson is set to stand trial before a Turkish criminal court on April 16 on espionage and terrorism-related charges that could jail him for up to 35 years. Seventeen months after the pastor’s arrest in the port city of Izmir, a formal indictment accepted by the Izmir 2nd Criminal Court has […]
  • Austin bombings unite pastors in prayer
    The spate of bombings in Austin that had everyone in the city on “high alert” may be over after suspect Mark Anthony Conditt killed himself with an explosive device Wednesday, March 21. The latest development left many Christian leaders thankful the situation didn’t become far worse, said David Smith. “Though we grieve for the families, […]
  • North Korean says Kim dynasty changed his perception of Christianity
    Every year, for the birthdays of North Korea’s Kim dynasty founder, Kim Il-sung, and his son and successor, Kim Jong-il, John Choi* would receive a large pack of sweets from his parents. So would all his primary-school peers. However, before unpacking his present, John was told to follow the ritual of bowing to the pictures […]