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Book Notes: The High Price Of Materialism

In The High Price Of Materilism, researcher Tim Kasser compiles decades of research – his and others’ – to define “materialism”, make a case for what might cause it, and prove its negative impact on us, our families and whole societies. People whose values center around materialism – the accumulation… Read More

Why Are Some People Rich & Others Poor? Tom Corley’s Rich Habits.

Tom Corley, author of Rich Habits, spent four years interviewing rich and poor Americans, another 18 months analyzing the resulting data and eventually boiled his findings down to a list of lifestyle differences between the two groups. 1. 70% of wealthy eat less than 300 junk food calories per day.… Read More

What No American Knows About PED Use In Major League Baseball

What do these men have in common? Antonio Bastardo Everth Cabrera Francisco Cervelli Nelson Cruz Fautino De Los Santos Sergio Escalona Fernando Martinez Jesus Montero Jordan Norberto Jhonny Peralta Cesar Puello Alex Rodriguez Jordany Valdespin All thirteen were suspended this week by Major League Baseball for using performance enhancing drugs.… Read More

What I Thought I Knew About Short Term Mission Trips

“Contrary to popular belief, most mission trips and service projects do not: empower those being served, engender healthy cross-cultural relationships, improve quality of life, relieve poverty, change the lives of participants [or] increase support for long-term missions work.” -Robert Lupton in Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They… Read More

Bending For Treasure In The Trash

Outside Jerusalem’s walls, in the Valley of Hinnom, children were sacrificed to honor a false god. Hundreds of years later the valley, called Gehenna by Greek speakers, was still a place of death. A city dump, some say, Gehenna burned day and night. When describing Hell, Jesus pointed over Jerusalem’s… Read More

Nicaragua Compassion Bloggers Twitter Chat June 20th!

Join us for a Twitter chat on June 20th at 8PM Central time by following the hashtag #compassionbloggers. We’ll be giving away lots of great prizes – autographed books from multiple Compassion bloggers and much more! We’ll also be answering your questions about Compassion Bloggers, Compassion International’s ministry in Nicaragua… Read More

The World, The Flesh & The Devil Part 6: The Victor

Was it a dream or was it Satan himself actually standing at the foot of Martin Luther’s bed that night? Luther wasn’t sure. But there he stood – nightmare or in the flesh – holding a scroll. Unrolling it, Satan read his list aloud: every impatient snip, every lie told… Read More

The World, The Flesh & The Devil Part 2: The Flesh

EPHESIANS 2:1-5 As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.… Read More

The Difference Between Sadness & Depression

What’s the difference between depression and sadness? Here’s what every parent needs to know. Sadness Sadness is something a mentally healthy person should feel…when parents are fighting, money is tight, a grandparent dies, a girlfriend breaks up, a bully belittles, a “friend” gossips, failures pile on… Sane people feel sad.… Read More

Best Of The Net (Atheism, Marching Band, & Madness)

Here’s the best stuff I’ve run across this week on-line. Did I miss something great? Tell me about and link to it in the comments! What Christians Need To Know About Mental Health First up, What Christians Need To Know About Mental Health from Ann Voskamp. As someone who’s been… Read More

Why Women Give More Than Men

I’ve spoken at both women’s conferences and men’s conferences on behalf of Compassion International. The women sponsor more children than the men. More than four times more (as a percentage of total attendance.) I’d like to turn more men into child sponsors the next time I have the opportunity. So… Read More

Beggar’s Fortune – Three Years Of Treating Depression Successfully

It’s been three years since the big depression episode I wrote about in the Beggar’s Fortune series. In those three years I’ve had very minor and fleeting brushes with depression. And I’ve learned a lot about what causes my depression and how to prevent and treat it without pharmaceuticals. What… Read More

When Jesus Took A Stand

Dan Cathy’s conversation with Ken Coleman about leadership (and gay marriage) made headlines. In the wake of his remarks, supporters of gay marriage took a stand by boycotting Dan’s company, Chick-fil-A. Some Christians took a stand by buying more chicken. Many bloggers took a stand.

And in my inbox…”Why haven’t you taken a stand on this yet?” View Post