09 Jun Raising a Generation of Godly Fathers

AUTHOR: David Z. Nowell As Father's Day approaches, I think of our graduates—many now fathers whose lives testify to the transforming power of God's love. Alex is one such graduate. Alex and Ana Paula live on a hill with an unobstructed view of Hope Mountain—the place where Alex's...

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05 May Mortal-risk children and residential care

AUTHOR: David Z. Nowell Eventually, eventually, the story gets okay, but it has a lot of twists and turns to get there—and along the way an important lesson about thoughtful care for mortal-risk children. I’ll also introduce you to a debate that impacts the lives of...

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05 May Five Contexts Where Residential Care Works

AUTHOR: David Z. Nowell A lot of folks are not going to like this post—but these things have to be said. Residential care works. Not for every child, not in every situation, and certainly not when it is no more than the warehousing of children. But, done right,...

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05 May Fences

AUTHOR:  David Z. Nowell I've spent a significant amount of time lately thinking about fences. Far too much, actually. Susan and I have a few acres outside of town, and it’s just about time to put fall calves on the pasture. So most weekends—and many evenings—for the...

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05 May The Face of True Religion

AUTHOR: David Z. Nowell Reading Micah 6 this week.  Really glad he is a minor prophet.  I don’t think we would have been friends. . . . what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with...

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05 May Beyond the Walls

AUTHOR: David Z. Nowell Watched an old Tony Randall movie over the weekend. Paul Douglas, playing farmer Pop Larkin, responded to his wife’s caution about a neighbor, Oh, he’s all right of a fellow.  He just hasn’t has learned that ‘Do unto others’ part yet.   Probably true of...

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05 May Grace and Works

AUTHOR:  David Z. Nowell Talking about grace and works in Sunday school, using Peterson’s book on Ephesians. I get the struggle. I understand that guilt and self-reliance push us to try to earn God’s favor by our good deeds.  But at the same time, I also think we...

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