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All I want for Christmas is peace.  How about you?

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Christmas is rapidly approaching.  There are gifts to buy and cookies to bake and gifts to buy and presents to wrap and gifts to buy and cards to send.  Just thinking about it makes one dizzy.  All I want for Christmas is peace.  How about you? The Challenge of Christmas I was giving the invocation…

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And the winner of the most frightening costume is…

Halloween is coming.  Behind the fun of costumes and candy, lies real terrors for everyday people.  Imagine a contest for the real-life scary Halloween costume.  Here are three contenders we see too often. Our third place winner is… the scary Zombie Foreclosure This nightmare frightened millions from their homes at the height of the foreclosure…

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How to Rejoice in the Uncertainties of life

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Life is full of uncertainties.  The truth is none of us know what tomorrow may bring.   Two weeks ago our keynote speaker, Dr. Tony Evans experienced the unexpected in the sudden deterioration in the health of his wife, Lois.  As a result he was unable to come to Chicago and we began our Open the…

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Be part of advancing justice for all on Friday, October 4!

This week is your last chance to sign up for a unique opportunity to be part of something bigger.  Dr. Tony Evans is coming to Drury Lane Theatre & Conference Center on Friday,  October 4 to launch a national Open the Gates Campaign.  But don’t come to Drury Lane for the free dinner or great…

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What is a Justice Perspective on Labor Day?

Labor Day

Monday is Labor Day.  A holiday marked more by sales and the end of summer, than on its origins in labor.  A true justice perspective on Labor Day examines both the social and Biblical messages on labor. A social perspective on Labor Day Labor Day originated as a federal holiday in 1894.  The purpose was…

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2 Startling Reports on the Lack of Access to Justice!

access to justice

Two major reports demonstrate the startling reality of a lack of access to justice.  While the trends are disturbing, the opportunity to expand help and hope is greater. Justice and the Poor: A study of the present denial of justice to the poor In July, Harvard released a significant report on the legal system and…

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What is the role of prayer in my business?

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  I spoke Wednesday at Christian Business Fellowship on the role of prayer in business.  The presentation arose from a discussion among business leaders.  Many lived in the divided world of choice A , others wrestled with the amount of overlap in choice B.  I said the answer was C.  Prayer is not part of…

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3 Provocative Justice Lessons from the 4th of July

4th of July

Last week we celebrated our independence.  Helen, Daniel and I were in Washington DC visiting Joseph who has an internship there.  We visited the National Museum of African American History & Culture, Museum of the Bible and drove to visit Gettysburg.  Each of these sites have strong connections to Independence Day. Lesson One:  The Paradox…

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3 Ways the Heart of a Dad Beats for Justice!

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Happy father’s day.  Originally rooted in honoring St. Joseph, Jesus’s earthly father, in the 1500’s by the Catholic Church, an official recognition did not come in the United States until 1972 when signed into law by Richard Nixon.  Why celebrate?  I believe at the core of every man beats a heart for justice.  A heart…

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