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The Right Side of History

The Right Side of History

“The Right Side of History: How Reason and Moral Purpose Made the West Great” by Ben Shapiro is scholarly, no-holds-barred analysis of where we are and where we have come from. His contention is that Judeo-Christian values and Greek reasoning are the twin pillars upon...

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Why Does Evil Exist?

Why Does Evil Exist?

I was asked the question once again the other day. It came from one of my kids, all who have helped me hone my theology to a shard edge over the years. “Daddy, why do bad things happen? Why doesn’t God stop all bad things from happening so we can all be happy?” Leave...

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Carrying the Right Lesson Forward

Carrying the Right Lesson Forward

As I watched the movie “The Passion of the Christ,” I finally got the answer to a question my 10 year old daughter has asked me countless times: “Daddy, what if you could go back in time and be any one you...

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The Power of Showing Up

The Power of Showing Up

The older I get, the more I have come to believe that just showing up is 90% of the solution to life’s problems. Though a great deal may hang in the balance of the remaining 10%, not enough can be said for the simple art of engagement. So much of life is in just...

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The Bitter With the Sweet

The Bitter With the Sweet

Easter is just around the corner and my heart is overflowing with appreciation for the death and resurrection of my Lord and Savior. Who Jesus is and what He did seems more precious to me now than ever. Once again, as I focus on the story of the cross, I am captivated...

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Oskar Schindler Made A Difference

Oskar Schindler Made A Difference

It was the best part Liam Neeson ever played, the best film Steven Spielberg ever directed, and the Best Picture of 1993. So good was this film that it is ranked 8th among the 100 best American films of all time. It showed us all that even in the darkest of times a...

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On Tiptoes With God

On Tiptoes With God

If I thought God wasn’t the most exciting and interesting person in the universe, I would probably look elsewhere for another God. After all, that is what worship is all about: finding someone worth giving your all and “throwing down” all you have and putting it all...

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Power Encounter in Cebu

Power Encounter in Cebu

I’ve never ventured to share this story before. It’s one of my  my “naked faith” experiences I had while on the mission field in Asia.  As you will see (if you bear with me through the long narrative) it is “Outside the Box” of normal human experience, at least in the...

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Life Is In The Journey

Life Is In The Journey

The longer I live, the more convinced I become that life is about the journey and not the destination.  It’s about the little things that go on from day to day and week to week that put the color in story of our lives. The “marrow of life” is really, when you think of...

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Why the Gypsies Loved Aimee Semple McPherson

Why the Gypsies Loved Aimee Semple McPherson

There are countless stories surrounding Aimee Semple McPherson. Hers is a truly amazing life story. Few public figures have been as loved as she was by so many people from so many walks of life. If you would like to read an outstanding biography, I would highly...

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The Fourth Turning

The Fourth Turning

Every once in awhile I read a book that is so captivating I feel compelled to go back and read it again and again, eventually locating it on the top section of my book shelf for further reference. Invariably I end up giving it away to someone, and have to...

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Olympic Outreach Musings

Olympic Outreach Musings

My first Olympic outreach was in 1984, just a couple months after I married Stasia. For a couple of years a call to missions had been burning in my heart. In 1982, 30 days before his plane crash, Keith Green held a concert in Long Beach auditorium. Keith shared...

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Tribute to Bonnie Jean

Tribute to Bonnie Jean

On  September 7, 1999, my Mom breathed her last breath and went to be with Jesus. She’s home now. After years of beaming for the One who died for her (my Mom beamed—I mean she smiled and her eyes revealed a joy that only Jesus could have placed within her) she is now...

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Our Daughter Did It!

Our Daughter Did It!

Our oldest daughter Brittany became the first person to conquer California's Condor Trail last month. Quite a feat. We have always know Britt to be one persistent young lady who likes a challenge. Here is another example of that: [button...

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One Billion Young People

One Billion Young People

Here is a powerful quote from the early 90's that is as relevant today as when I first heard it: One billion young people will pass between the critical ages of thirteen and twenty three this decade. One billion young people on the move. They will rarely...

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My Take on the Noah Movie

My Take on the Noah Movie

I finally mustered the courage this week to buck all the “don’t bother to see it” hype (from fellow Christians) and saw the movie Noah. Frankly, I was impressed with it on a number of levels. OK, I will admit I found the use of rock men to convey the concept of...

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