Christian Philanthropy

Like One Familiar with the Way

When my father became ill near the end of his life, he fought death as hard as anyone I knew - just as he had willed himself to overcome every other obstacle in his life. He often told us about his mother who would set c ...

Not Fade Away

I was 38 when I realized I was a misfit in my work. I was teaching in a traditional boarding school on the East Coast and working overtime to adapt - but unsuccessfully. It was no one’s fault. It was simply not the rig ...

“You Know It Don’t Come Easy”

Many years ago when I was just out of the Navy, I spent a summer in Colorado working in construction. I met a carpenter named Jimmy, and although he wasn’t that much older than I was, he had an understanding of working ...

The Not-So-Good Samaritan

Like most of us, I've heard the Parable of the Good Samaritan all my life, and one thing has remained constant. The Samaritan has always been presented as a second-class citizen to the Jews and as undesirable and unclean ...

Noah

Emily Dickinson said: “Tell all the truth but tell it slant.” As evangelicals we have too often been harsh, blunt, combative and intimidating in telling the story of the Gospel. Our insistence on bold proclamation ha ...

The Inner Critic

If you watched the Academy Awards this year you probably heard Robert De Niro’s introduction to the Best Adapted Screenplay award: “The mind of a writer can be a truly terrifying thing. Isolated, neurotic, caffeine-a ...

Your Gift Is Not Tax-Deductible

On April 6, 1917, President Woodrow Wilson and Congress declared war on Germany. Surprisingly, one of the first considerations of that act was the impact on colleges, universities, medical schools and cultural institutio ...

My Brother’s Keeper

In a White House ceremony last Thursday, President Obama unveiled a new program, "My Brother's Keeper," that would be supported by the administration but funded with foundation and corporate sponsors. The initiative is d ...

Do the Next Thing

Now and then I host what the Quakers call a "Clearness Committee" for an individual working their way through an issue about direction or a decision. This committee is a group of friends who know a person well, and the g ...

Kindness

Kindness Some of you know I have taught a Sunday School class for 30 years. It's my anchor as much as it is my pulpit. For years, I taught on topics or passages I chose, but then I put myself under the discipline of teaching the ...

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