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A Shepherd’s Balance

       When I was a kid, there were balance beams at almost every playground. I don’t see many of those today. All the twisted ankles and broken femurs probably had something to do with that. So like lawn darts and tetherballs, playground balance beams have become relics of our past. Too bad, really. Walking the balance beam at…

Building (or Rebuilding) TRUST

In one season or another, every one of us has needed to either build or rebuild trust: the new pastor coming into the church; the husband or wife whose marriage is enduring the heartbreak of hurtful decisions; the political leader balancing what is just with what is popular; the parent speaking timely wisdom to his or her teenager; the friend…

Workers Ahead: Dads Building Homes

Living in Fort Worth, TX, where things are always under construction but never fully constructed, I’ve learned to accept the good news and the bad news of I-35W. The bad news: traffic fines double when workers are present. The good news: workers are never present. As a Dad, my home is always under construction but never fully constructed. Just when…

Forgive and Forget?

We have a destructive, false conception of forgiveness in our age. It is very common to believe that if you haven’t forgotten, you haven’t forgiven… And that if you can’t make the commitment to forget something then you shouldn’t even begin to say that you’ve forgiven the offender. Then there’s the idea that if you truly forgive someone of something,…

Your Marriage is Worth Fighting For

In the past three days I have talked with five different couples whose marriages are on the brink of divorce. Some rather old. Some rather young. Some from past or ongoing affairs. Some because of finances. Some because of difficult circumstances. Vanessa and I are constantly amazed at the reality of friends, loved ones, Christians and non-Christians… whose marriages are…

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