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Grafted In: My Interview on the Ordinary Faith Podcast

Hey everybody! Here is a link to my very first podcast interview about my book, Grafted In. It aired on the Ordinary Faith Podcast, hosted by Dan Jackson, on Monday, September 17, just prior to the official release of the book on the 18th. I met Dan a little over a...

Adoption, Faith, and Radical Obedience

“Those children are yours.” I stood, somewhat frozen, with terrified assurance that it was God speaking to me. I had hiked nearly an hour up a steep jungle hill to reach the clearing where two little children and their dilapidated mud hut stood. They weren’t...

Adoption, Faith, and Radical Obedience

Should Every Christian Adopt?

November is National Adoption Month here in the US. That might not mean much to you now, but I'm going to tell you why it should. And, I'm going to challenge you to think a little more (and maybe a little differently) about what it means to adopt. First, a little...

Should Every Christian Adopt?

3 Lessons I Learned From Raising Teenagers

I've got four, count 'em, FOUR teenagers. Plus one who's graduated into early adulthood (and trust me, sometimes that still counts). They are all good kids, each one making us proud in so many ways. I love them all to pieces, but holy moly, this season can be...

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Why Do I Always Want What’s Bad for Me?

I could hear its seductive call from Aisle 2. Buy me. You know you want to. What could it hurt? The past couple of years have been brutal and emotionally draining, and I've put on nearly 20 pounds. Last week, I finally decided I've had enough of that, and I'm ready...

sin, shame, and Romans 7-8

3 Things Adoption Taught Me About Love

Every time my family goes somewhere all together, we end up causing a stir. One time during a road trip, we stopped at McDonald's for lunch, and I let my kids go first up to the counter. The five of them--two Asians, two Africans, and one skinny white kid--noisily...

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4 Chambers of the Orphan Heart

What comes to mind when you hear the term ‘orphan?’ A waifish, poverty-stricken child like in Oliver Twist? Or maybe it’s the sad, pleading eyes of a hungry little one in a far away country. What about that face looking back at you in the mirror? Could you have the...

4 Chambers of the Orphan Heart