Alexis’ story

On May 14, 1996, after 30 hours of labor and an emergency c-section, Alexis Grace was born and promptly stole our hearts. She was gorgeous, with Jessica’s curly hair and brilliant, blue eyes. We never dreamed of how deeply and instantaneously parental love would flow. We also never dreamed we would have to face all […]

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The end and the beginning

In the end it’s all about the “one.” Today will be my last official Hole in our Gospel posting, and I think the most appropriate way to end is with Richard Stearns’ own words. He writes: “In the end God works in our world one person at a time. The hungry are fed, the thirsty […]

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Where were you when…?

Every generation is marked by moments that are so impacting that people ever after remember exactly where they were when the moment occurred. For some it was Neil Armstrong’s epic walk on the moon. For others it was the assassination of JFK. I remember, at fifteen years old, hearing President Reagan say, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear […]

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Dread Champions

Dread Champions. Every action movie has one. Whether it’s Raiders of the Lost Ark, Troy, or The Wolverine there is always a hulking warrior that stands head-and-shoulders above his peers, threatening to crush the hero into oblivion. These champions are seemingly invincible as they shock their opponents into fear and send grown warriors running. They’re […]

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Dealers in Hope

The Hole in our Gospel Reading Program—Week Thirteen.” Chapter Eleven: Caught in the web Leaders must be dealers in hope. That’s what Napoleon said (not Napoleon Dynamite—Napoleon Bonaparte, the French Emperor who nearly conquered the world). Napoleon rightly understood that hope is one of the most potent forces on the planet. Without it, communities collapse. With […]

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