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A night of healing

I don’t know why Caedmon has Cerebral Palsy. I know it’s not to make me a better person, but it has. I know it’s not so he can inspire other people, but he does. I know it’s not so his siblings develop compassion and long-suffering, but they are. Over the course of his life I’ve…

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Holy. Weak.

Is there anything more repugnant than someone cologned in “Holier Than Thou?” Is there anything more annoying and infuriating than a hypocrite? Don’t we hate being on the bruising end of stones thrown by someone else? I know for some, Holy Week stirs all those emotions and more. A bunch of do-gooders parading around in their pious…

To This Day

I came across this today and like a master’s painting of scenes from the holocaust, it’s haunting and beautiful at one time. Many of us and many of our kids know well the experiences and emotions of which Koyczan speaks. Some of us – guys like the immature fool I was in high school –…

What I learned: Maggie, by Charles Martin

I’ve read almost everything Charles Martin has available. Chasing Fireflies is my favorite, and I shared what it taught me in a previous post. Maggie is his second novel – a sequel to The Dead Don’t Dance – and I enjoyed it as much as I’ve enjoyed his other stuff; Mr. Martin just writes good…

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Honor and the “weaker vessel”

1 Peter 3:7 is one of the Bible’s electric verses. Just insert “weaker vessel” into a search engine and see what you find. Some women see it as a root of chauvinism, others see it is flat-out wrong. What do you feel when you read it? Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to…

Extraordinary Books: The Bryson City Series

This collection of books are some of my all-time favorites. Partly because they are written well, partly because they’re full of rich characters and pleasant stories, but mostly because of how much these books resonated with me and how I came upon them. My wife and I were living and working in Highlands, NC and had recently…

First Publishing Credits

As a writer, is there anything better than writing about something important to you and getting paid to do it? Many of us write for the simple joy that is being a wordsmith, but there’s also plenty of us that would love to see our writing become a means of provision. And who would complain…

How can I reach out to a family with Special Needs?

I was given the opportunity to write an article for The Old Schoolhouse magazine on the topic of special needs and hospitality. Inspired by the moving story of Mephibosheth from the Old Testament, “Hospitality That Proclaims the Gospel” provides one answer to the question “How can I reach out to a family with special needs?”…