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We Need More Than Ourselves

I spent most of my Sundays growing up as a kid being dragged to some kind of charismatic church; tent meeting or guest-preacher service. Mostly I was bored. Often I would sleep under the seats. Sometimes I’d smuggle in Matchbox cars and drive them along the curvey armrests of the pews. And other times I would hear. Kids Hear Things Even as a child, I remember hearing the beautiful music that was elevated by all the voices singing together. In particular, there was a little old Italian … [Read more...]

A Classic Thanksgiving Prayer…

Sharing this has become a bit of a holiday tradition on The Daily ReTORt. One of the great cartoon theologians of our time shares some poignant thoughts on this Thanksgiving.... Happy Thanksgiving!!! … [Read more...]

When Do You Stop Cutting the Crust?

Our oldest daughter is now 11 years old, which seems hard to belief, and is in the sixth grade. Her school bus arrives at 7:30 a.m.  each day - much earlier than the elementary kids' bus she used to ride at 8:50 a.m. So every morning she and I are up around the same time to start our routines for our respective days. Part of her routine is making her own lunch and breakfast. But periodically she'll get jammed up with her other responsibilities (e.g. deciding to shower in the morning … [Read more...]

Shedding the Facade

Today’s guest post comes courtesy of an online writing friend of mine, Eileen Knowles. According to Eileen, she prefers "The Scenic Route" in life - which also happens to be the name of her fantastic blog. Eileen loves to write,  run and consume copious amounts of coffee - just not all at the same time. She is passionate about leaving a legacy for her son and encouraging others along the way who might need a dose of hope and grace poured into their weary lives. Here's her guest … [Read more...]

The Vision of Faith

This past weekend I saw a powerful locker room speech delivered by NFL head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, Chuck Pagano. The set-up for the video below is important - so bear with me. In January, Pagano took over the leadership roll of the hapless Colts who managed to win only two games last season and lost 14. Their star quarterback Peyton Manning sat on the bench recovering from a series of neck surgeries. During the off-season, the Colts traded Manning and recruited college … [Read more...]

Sometimes Curses and Blessings are Neither

I learned a lot from my grandfather growing up, including the single most important lesson in my life - which I wrote about here. However, another profound insight he gave me, that I continually lean on as an adult, is this following bit of wisdom: "Things are not as bad or great as they first seem." Those 11 words are packed with profundity and truth that I see proven on a regular basis. I recently read a fable that perfectly articulates my grandfather's statement, which I'd like to … [Read more...]

Searching For a New Paradigm?

Today’s guest post comes courtesy of an online writing acquaintance of mine, Les Dossey. He's a writer, speaker and life coach who specializes in helping men become high performers in all areas of their life - personally and professionally. If you’d like to submit a guest post yourself, here are the guidelines. ============================================== Is it acceptance, opinion, religion, doctrine, tradition you seek, or Truth? Be warned... ignoring or answering that question, … [Read more...]

Glimpses of God Through a Messy Diaper

Our son is just more than three months old. Every day his personality emerges a bit more as he masters or starts to develop some new skill. By new skill I mean giggling, cooing, rolling over to his back, holding his head up or keenly following an object with his eyes. As parents we are constantly on the lookout for all of those developmental firsts. For instance, with our first two daughters we have captured on video their very first, unaided footsteps - and we intend to capture that … [Read more...]

5 Facts About Loss

I was missing my parents a lot this past weekend. That's despite the fact that it's been more than six years since my dad died and nearly nine years since my mom passed away. Even though I'm a grown man with a family of my own, the loss of my parents still lingers and seems to sneak up on me in unexpected ways. However, during these past several years, I've come to realize a few facts about loss: 1. Loss Happens to Us All During our lives, each of us will experience the pain and … [Read more...]

7 Questions With an Author: Mary DeMuth

This post marks another installment of my “7 Questions With an Author…” series, where I ask published authors an unchanging set of questions and share their responses here. Today I'm honored to feature one of the most accomplished writers I've had the pleasure of interviewing - Mary DeMuth. Mary has been writing since 1992, first as a newsletter editor, then as a freelance writer, followed by a fiction and nonfiction author. Her articles have appeared in an array of national … [Read more...]