The Best Time to Plant

The Best Time to Plant

This spring, for the first time I can see cherries growing on a tree I planted four years ago. This reminds me of an old Chinese proverb, “The best time to plant a fruit tree is 10 years ago… the second best time is now!” I am...

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Grace Enveloping Shame

Grace Enveloping Shame

There is no parable in the Bible that better portrays God the Father, than the story of the Prodigal Son. I have been never so deeply moved by the story as when I heard Tim Keller’s sermon, “The Prodigal God.” Prodigal...

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Celebrate Martin Luther King Day

Today is Martian Luther King Jr. day. Racism was never something I knew growing up. I was fortunate to grow up in a family that molded embracing people who were different than me. At out family dinner table we ate with people from India, Africa...

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Crossing Party Lines

With the racial and political turmoil on the news, it was refreshing to see a vastly different group of people working together at camp this past weekend. We had different races, different ages, urban and rural all working together. It wasn’t us...

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A Profound Change

This past weekend we hosted our 7th Family Retreat. A counselor commented on the growth she had seen in one of the boys, we’ll call John. Three years ago she was leading a horse ride when he said, “When I grow up I want to be an assassin...

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Not enough parachutes?

A boy scout, lawyer, and priest were flying out to a remote camp in Alaska when the pilot climbed out of the cockpit and announced that the plane was going down and unfortunately there were only three parachutes. Assuring them that he would get...

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