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Glad to be Here with My Mom

I’m so glad to be here in Michigan with my mom and stepdad. It is a true honor to get to serve them. Yesterday was a full day in the hospital. Sophia’s gift of a handmade ornament in my mom’s favorite colors (red and purple) was a big hit: I took a lot of notes after her transesophageal echocardiogram and …

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Res Ipsa Loquitur: Destructive Church Conflict Reveals Worldliness

A great post by Cap’n Dave over at our Redeeming Church Conflicts site: Res Ipsa Loquitur: Destructive Church Conflict Reveals Worldliness

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Help Christians for Generations! Give a Gift of Peacemaking!

If you have been blessed by their biblical peacemaking principles, I encourage you to check out the Christmas specials from our friends at Peacemaker Ministries. The travel coffee mugs & shirts are great! But even better are the SCREAMIN’ DEALS on group Bible studies/video series, training, and other great resources. Give your church a peacemaking library! Equip your church’s peacemaking team …

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SUCH a Funny “Carol of the Bells”!

I’m checked into my hotel in Michigan and ready to head to my mother’s hospital room in the morning. Thank you for your kind notes and especially your prayers! My trip was completely uneventful and I even benefited from loving and perfectly-timed help from Auntie Melissa Yager to get me to the airport. Now I’m ending my day with a smile, thanks …

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Flying to Michigan Tomorrow—Would Appreciate Your Prayers

In just a few months, my mother’s heart failure has gone from a 25% to a 15% ejection fraction. This is “severe decrease” in heart functioning and she is suffering all of the standard results: shortness of breath, cardiac edema (build up of fluids), and extreme fatigue. She is also experiencing cardiac arrhythmia and was hospitalized this weekend so that …

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Silly Fictions

We don’t bash Santa in our home. Rudolph, candy canes, winter wonderlands—it’s all fine and even sweet silliness to us. Like pumpkin patch time or bunnies at Easter, we understand why some of our Christian friends completely eschew any contact or acknowledgment of such things. It is strange to have so many things be culturally and seasonally traditional, without any real tie …

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How to Deal with Holiday Family Tensions (Russell Moore)

Brilliant! And so helpful: How to Deal with Holiday Family Tensions (by Russell Moore)

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Money (Holiday Misery Part 3)

This entry is part 3 of my blog series on things that tempt us to be miserable during the holidays. I’ll start with a quick recap of what we’ve covered so far and then jump into today’s topic. 1. Comparisons: We live in a world of competition and performance, even (tragically) in the church. No one wants to look ugly, sound stupid, …

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Five Aims for Holiday Family Gatherings (by Dr. Kathleen Nielson)

I love everything I’ve ever read by Dr. Kathleen Nielson. Including this! Don’t miss it: Five Aims for Holiday Family Gatherings

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Childhood Memories–Both Good and Bad (Holiday Misery Part 2)

This entry is part 2 of my new blog series on things that tempt us to be miserable during the holidays. I’ll start with a quick recap of what we’ve covered so far and then jump into today’s topic. 1. Comparisons: We live in a world of competition and performance, even (tragically) in the church. No one wants to look ugly, sound …

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