Dec. 23, 1973: Elaborate figures create a dramatic Nativity scene in Old City Plaza adjacent to Olvera St. This photo was published in the Dec. 24, 1973 LA Times.

Christmas Comes in a 1981 Chrysler Minivan

If we were writing the script for the redemption of mankind, we would certainly have written it differently than God did. He chose to reveal Himself to us NOT in the greatest, grandest possible way, but in a way that

Dec. 23, 1973: Elaborate figures create a dramatic Nativity scene in Old City Plaza adjacent to Olvera St. This photo was published in the Dec. 24, 1973 LA Times.

Christmas Comes in a 1981 Chrysler Minivan

If we were writing the script for the redemption of mankind, we would certainly have written it differently than God did. He chose to reveal Himself to us NOT in the greatest, grandest possible way, but in a way that

Scrooge's joy, from Dickens, "A Christmas Carol"

Finding Joy

#JOYSNEAKSUPONYOU I think “Joy to the World” was written to drown out the persistent, smoky-alto blues voice of discouragement. “There is not much to choose between the best and the worst in us, seen in the spiritual light, is there?

Scrooge's joy, from Dickens, "A Christmas Carol"

Finding Joy

#JOYSNEAKSUPONYOU I think “Joy to the World” was written to drown out the persistent, smoky-alto blues voice of discouragement. “There is not much to choose between the best and the worst in us, seen in the spiritual light, is there?

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the personal tension of terrorism

Hard words. Hard thoughts. Hard choices. I have been wrestling with the complexity of modern life. Balance is hard, isn’t it? Terrorism wants people to be afraid. I am not afraid. God is with us. Terrorism is designed to divide us

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the personal tension of terrorism

Hard words. Hard thoughts. Hard choices. I have been wrestling with the complexity of modern life. Balance is hard, isn’t it? Terrorism wants people to be afraid. I am not afraid. God is with us. Terrorism is designed to divide us

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Uganda: Growing a Healthy Worldview

 I’ve been asked often, “Why take a mission trip half-way around the world? Isn’t it more efficient to just send money to the poor?” Great question. Our team to Uganda took 23 people, and 16 of them were High School

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Uganda: Growing a Healthy Worldview

 I’ve been asked often, “Why take a mission trip half-way around the world? Isn’t it more efficient to just send money to the poor?” Great question. Our team to Uganda took 23 people, and 16 of them were High School

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Uganda Three: Hungry

 As we wait, I notice that I am hungry. The words spill from me. Al shares an out-of-date beef stick and some cheese. We are sitting around a conference table at the Food for the Hungry Uganda offices. It makes

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Uganda Three: Hungry

 As we wait, I notice that I am hungry. The words spill from me. Al shares an out-of-date beef stick and some cheese. We are sitting around a conference table at the Food for the Hungry Uganda offices. It makes

"The Good Life"

Uganda Two: MTV Priests

      On our trip to Uganda, so many things don’t “fit” easily into one’s mind. The modern era mixes with the 1600’s like two colors of paint poured out onto a canvas. Highways and ox carts mix. Modern apartments

"The Good Life"

Uganda Two: MTV Priests

      On our trip to Uganda, so many things don’t “fit” easily into one’s mind. The modern era mixes with the 1600’s like two colors of paint poured out onto a canvas. Highways and ox carts mix. Modern apartments

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Uganda 2015

July 5, Kampala, Uganda    I awoke this morning to the crow of a Ugandan rooster and the mixed five-part harmony of a dozen song birds. Beautiful. Truck noises intrude. Honks. My eyes adjust to the early morning light in

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Uganda 2015

July 5, Kampala, Uganda    I awoke this morning to the crow of a Ugandan rooster and the mixed five-part harmony of a dozen song birds. Beautiful. Truck noises intrude. Honks. My eyes adjust to the early morning light in