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The Gift of Innovation

Too often, in churches and non-profits, we gravitate toward stagnation and playing it safe. Yet, in development and relief work, the bottom line is people. If we don’t take calculated risks for the people we love and need to help, what will we take risks for? The work we do in our churches, community and […]

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Responding to God’s Call

The recently deceased Christian author and teacher, Dallas Willard, made an important observation in his book, “The Divine Conspiracy.” He wrote, “God relates to space as we do to our body.” This is entirely scriptural. In Ephesians 4:6, Paul put it this way: “There is … one God and Father of all who is over […]

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: The Dream Continues

It was 50 years ago today that Martin Luther King Jr. stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., and powerfully described his dream for a more just and equal society. “And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream […]

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True things about God and us

The Apostle Paul says three true things about God in Ephesians 4:6, “… there is one God and Father of all who is over all, through all and in all.” In big theological words, God is transcendent (over all), sovereign (acts through all) and immanent (in all).  He re-affirms this in Romans 11:36, “From Him […]

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Back to School in Uganda

What does “back to school” look like in Burundi?

It’s that time of year again! The ads on television announce blue light specials for notebooks, pens and backpacks. Kids rouse from their late summer slumber to the terrifying prospect of book reports not yet started and essays not yet conceived. Moms and dads rush around in double time picking up last minute items that will […]

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Guns or butter to battle jihad in Africa?

Guns or butter: responding to jihadists in Africa

A cursory search of the major media giants (e.g., The New York Times and The Washington Post) over the past two days reveals an interesting array of articles on the growing might of jihadists in Africa, and the U.S. and international responses to that threat. The responses run the gamut from the use of U.S. […]

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Two models of reality: Which is your biblical worldview?

Ideally, every Christian has a concept of reality shaped by the Bible, a biblical worldview. However, the kind of worldview model a Christian adopts powerfully impacts that person’s understanding of who God is and what God is doing in the world today. There are two important, but different, worldview models adopted by many Christians today. […]

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John Kerry at PEPFAR meeting

Celebrating the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief

In 2003, HIV/AIDS was ravaging the world—killing millions of adults and leaving tens of millions of children orphaned in Africa and beyond. Some at the time predicted that an entire generation would be wiped off the map in Africa. And that is likely what would have happened if not for an idea that started small, […]

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Life: A seamless garment

The French philosopher, Voltaire, wrote: “Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.” Atrocities are atrocious, because they violate what the Declaration of Independence describes as the human right to life. We usually think of atrocities as acts of commission. They are bad things that people do to other people. The […]

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Dave Evans with community leaders

Stay the course

While I was swimming, biking and running during a half ironman triathlon last October, I constantly faced at least one of two main obstacles: time and fatigue. Both of these challenges nearly took me down during the swim portion of the event. My time was so poor that I battled against the clock during the […]

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