The Hospitality of God: It’s So Much More Than You Think

Today I stumbled upon something that gave me great joy. While it may sound strange, I hope you’ll understand. I discovered the book that I would have written if I could have written it. Sound strange? It’s true. Caleb Camp’s soon to be released book entitled, The Hospitality of God (published by Westbow Press) says […]

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Ministering to a Missionary Family on Home Assignment

Editor’s note: This post is the second in a two-part series dealing with how a local church can minister to a missionary’s family. In the previous post in the series, we looked at how the local church can fulfill this ministry while the missionary is serving on the field. Today, we will consider how the […]

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Why Should I Go on a Short-term Mission Trip

You may have been there before. The pastor begins closing the Sunday morning service by giving a few reminders just before he wishes everyone a wonderful week. He talks about the upcoming men’s fellowship, about the need for Vacation Bible School workers, about Mom’s Day Out and then about the annual mission trip. It’s probably […]

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I never expected him to hang up

I never expected him to hang up on me. When it happened I just sat there for a minute, stunned. A pastor, with decades of experience in the ministry who I respected and considered a friend, had effectively severed our relationship. It was done, and I couldn’t believe it. Our relationship had just flatlined. All […]

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What my wife wears to bed is none of your business

What does your wife wear to bed? If I asked you that question you’d probably be tempted to take a swing at me and then get some sort of context later. None of your business. Clothes. Pajamas. A raggedy old Yankees t-shirt. Whatever. (Those are not actual or accurate responses. My wife doesn’t own a […]

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Coffee and Contentment

Editor’s note: We are not currently in Mexico. This post is adapted from the recollections of a trip that significantly impacted both Nina’s life and mine. At the time of the trip, Nina was pregnant with our 4th daughter, Trinity whose middle name is now Sierra. I’m getting about every fifth word as one ear […]

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Survival and Victory Look a Lot Alike

So….heavy…. I feel that way too buddy. I walk over and snatch the suspended “packback” all the way up. Over the green quilted coat he just got from Primark. We bought it because it looked warm, and it had a hood. Heavy loads weigh us down. Stress feels a lot like a big pile of […]

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A Stranger in a Strange Land

Look momma, there goes a…..black man! Only the little girl didn’t say “black man.” What she said was much more painful. It cut deeper than that little girl will ever know. As my friend walked down the other side of the street to his apartment, she shouted in ignorance the equivalent of a slur that […]

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3 Reasons Why You Should Keep Giving Thanks Today

It’s the fourth Friday of November. The turkey’s gone, but the thanks shouldn’t be. Your brother-in-law and his rowdy kids have vacated the premises, but the gratitude shouldn’t have departed with them. In the aftermath that is Black Friday, don’t lose sight that giving thanks shouldn’t just happen one day out of the year. There […]

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Spiritual Phonagnosia

I recently read an article about a man named Steve Royster who is confronted with a challenge every time that the telephone rings. On the other end, people start talking, but unless they identify themselves, he has no idea who they are. His ears are blind. Actually, his problem is called “voice blindness” or phonagnosia. […]

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