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What if the Good Son Was the Real Orphan?

What if the Good Son Was the Real Orphan?

He was a good boy. The responsible big brother. Loyal to his father. Faithful to the family’s affairs. Hard-working and obedient. His little brother was another story. Selfish, irresponsible, a squanderer, and a run-away. But who got the elaborate homecoming celebration? Not the successful, faithful son. The rebellious, destitute prodigal did. This seeming unfairness revealed much about the older son. His reaction provides the perfect picture of someone enslaved by an orphan spirit. Lee Campbell Last week I talked about…

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What I Learned Last Monday (and since then) about Injustice

What I Learned Last Monday (and since then) about Injustice

Last Monday was Martin Luther King Junior Day. A day we as a nation focus on racial inequality and injustice. We’ve struggled with this issue pretty much since day one. On this holiday I often wonder what it is I should personally do to address race issues. I feel so helpless to effect any kind of change. And on a broader scale, what can/should I do about any injustice? What words should I say to others? What actions should I…

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Has 2018 Already Found You Wanting?

Has 2018 Already Found You Wanting?

I don’t know about where you live, but in the world outside my window it’s c-c-c-cold. These days we’re happy if the temps rise above zero. Our landscape is covered in white, with fresh coatings usually once or twice a week. And on the days the sun shines, the angle of its rays results in mood-elevating brightness for about eight hours. Maybe it’s this fresh clean look that stirs hope this time of year. For at least the first few…

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My Child’s Mom

My Child’s Mom

He reported watching out the back window of the car as they drove away with him. His mom stood in the road waving until he rode out of view. That was the last time my son saw his biological mom. He was four years old. This scene breaks my heart. Some of my other children tell their own heartbreaking experiences of the day they were taken from their parents. Yes, I know. I have the documents from the court hearings…

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When You Feel Like a Big Fat Zero

When You Feel Like a Big Fat Zero

The other day I watched a video depicting the expanse of outer space. OMW! (Oh. My. Word!) If you have a few minutes to watch it, it will help you get the picture I’d like to impart to you today. Eternity Revealed in Neverending Vastness The video starts in the middle of a line-up of moons, stars, and planets—left to right, smallest to largest. The picture scans right, requiring it to zoom out to include the picture of the next…

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Did Mary Deserve to be Jesus’ Mother?

Did Mary Deserve to be Jesus’ Mother?

I used to stand under the soothing waters of a warm shower and cry to God, “I was a good girl!” (And I was—for the most part.) “What did I do to deserve this?” This meant sharp-edged children who didn’t know how to accept me as their mom. Us rule-followers can find like-minded characters in the Christmas story. You see, Zechariah, Elizabeth, Mary, and Joseph were all described in the Bible as righteous people. (So was Job.)   But despite…

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Christmas: Adoption in Reverse

Christmas: Adoption in Reverse

Can we find adoption in the Christmas story? At first glance, that seems like a stretch. But then again, if we pause long enough and dig deep enough, we might just find it there. After all, didn’t Jesus come to heal the hurting? To restore the broken? To seek and save the lost? (Luke 4:8; Luke 19:10) Surely if we look closely we can find messages of hope for the adopted, and the adopters. The Christmas story actually is an…

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Adoption Awareness Month: What I Wish the Church Knew About The Real Scriptural Meaning of “Visiting the Orphan”

Adoption Awareness Month: What I Wish the Church Knew About The Real Scriptural Meaning of “Visiting the Orphan”

I had read James 1:27 numerous times before realizing: all I had to do was “visit” the orphans. I didn’t really have to bring all their brokenness and it’s fallout into my personal space. Did I? So as I pondered National Adoption Month and what to write, I thought maybe I should dig a little into Scripture to help discern what this all really means. “Religion” in this passage is generally understood to mean “worship”—a natural overflow of love in…

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Sometimes Halloween Creeps Me Out

Sometimes Halloween Creeps Me Out

I hope this doesn’t sound like a rant. Just an acknowledgement of where I’m at. I’m not interested in swaying anyone into my way of thinking. (Actually, that’s probably not true. Otherwise I wouldn’t be writing sharing my thoughts with you. What is true is that I’m not interested in arguing about a topic that has been debated for decades without resolution.) What I’m wondering is … How can I feel more enthused about Halloween this year? Or should I?…

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Limited by Finite Compassion

Limited by Finite Compassion

I’m struggling y’all. A month ago I wrote on Facebook, “Here we are at September already. Wasn’t August a doozy? Muscle-showing between the US and North Korea. Racism and riots in the east. Hurricane Harvey in the south. Drought and fires in the west.” I had hoped September would be better, but it was not. Two more hurricanes, an earthquake in Mexico, and October started with a mass shooting, the threat of another storm brewing in the Gulf of Mexico,…

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