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Departing for Germany

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The past month has been a flurry of activity. I visited my mom and sister and her family in Oregon for our third annual Christmas Ships on the Columbia parade. I wrapped up the semester and graded about ten pounds worth of papers. And I hosted a bunch of family for Christmas, which included a day in Waco visiting Magnolia Markets and the Dr Pepper museum. The new year brought more family and packing…for Germany. I depart today on a nine-day press junket in Luther country as a guest of the German National Tourist office. (Please pray for me!) This year will mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, commencing on October 31, the day Martin Luther is said to have nailed his 95 theses to the door of the castle church in Wittenberg.

I’ll update you here as I’m able. Snow covers the ground where I’m going. I also …

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Giving Tuesday

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Each year on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, we have Giving Tuesday— a global day of generosity to kick off the charitable season.

As you consider the best use of your giving dollars, please consider making a gift to our work with East-West Ministries in East Africa. Your gifts go to taking the gospel to unreached remote tribal areas, supporting widows and orphans (the latter placed in loving homes instead of orphanages), and training new believers in their faith in pre-literate areas.

Here’s a link to the Glahn page with more info. You can find a “donation” link in the upper left corner once you access the page. Thanks!…

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Black Friday: How to Shop Like a Christian

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imgresMy piece on this subject ran on the Pastor Resources site recently: 

The USA is the only place where people express gratitude on Thanksgiving for all the stuff they have and spend the next day shoving people over to get the stuff they don’t. Sadly, Black Friday is only the beginning.

Maybe we won’t fight with another dad for the last pair of Nikes’ Prime Hype DF 2016 sneakers or push over a grandpa to get the Sky Viper V2400. But most of us still fall short of Christlikeness when it’s time to make Christmas purchases. To watch us, people might think we believe ’tis the season to be greedy and grumpy.

So here are some suggestions for how to shop like a Christian:

Decide to make Christ your focus. Pray for wisdom and ask God to help you honor him during this holy season. Set aside ten minutes …

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