Restoring cracked relationships–among the most important things we do in this life.

Mitch Teemley

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My dad, Bill Teemley, was ambitious, hard-working, and deeply conservative. And I was a wildly liberal 23 year old who’d recently completed a “useless” Theatre Arts degree and moved back in with the folks.  Somewhere along the line a Game of Thrones-sized ice wall had grown up between us. We barely spoke. Dad didn’t get me (I’m an only child, so everything is about me), and I sure didn’t get him. But did it matter? I figured he never even thought about me. Still, with multiple non-job offers flooding in, I had time on my hands.

So I asked Mom what I could do about The Wall.

“Why don’t you go with him to pick up newspapers?” she answered.

Dad’s job as a newspaper dealer included picking up papers from the plant at 3:30 a.m. Seven days a week. So naturally my response was,

“Is there something else I…

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“Christianity is speaking a strange and scandalous word into whatever culture that it comes into,” Russell Moore

Rod Dreher lives in the flood zone of Louisiana. He is witness to unimaginable devastation that is  “much, much worse than most Americans know.” He is on the ground, seeing both the destruction and the Christian response to it.

Dreher acknowledges that the affected communities need government assistance to recover. He also asserts that government help without local churches in practical support would not be enough.

Dreher predicts that in coming years, churches will either be forced to embrace an LGBT protocol or lose tax exempt status.  He quotes David Gushee an LGBT activist: Continue Reading…

These social revolutions weren’t the result of wonderful political strategy. They came from the living Christian faith of these awakened people.

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“What the caterpillar calls the end of the world the Master calls a butterfly.”

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Those who walk the fields to sow, casting their seed in tears,
    will one day tread those same long rows, amazed by what’s appeared.
Those who weep as they walk and plant with sighs
Will return singing with joy, when they bring home the harvest.

Psalm 126: 5-6.

“Will he play ball too?” my brother asks a woman cradling an infant at the youth baseball field.

“We’ll have to see what gifts are inside of him,” she smiles.

He’s a few years from sliding home at a ballfield. But his mama is open to other possibilities. Music perhaps, art or scholarship. Her tiny boy is a bundle of unwrapped gifts waiting to open themselves to the world. Continue Reading…

“Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, Jehovah of hosts.” Isaiah 6:5.

When one of my sons was a small boy, he reached up to my ceramic top stove and burned his hand.

He never did it again.

The child who burns his hand on a hot stove can learn not to touch it again.  He knows the pain of being burned.  He cries out for help.

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 It was these who long ago lived in disobedience while God waited patiently as Noah was building the ark. I Peter 3: 20a

It’s a question as old as Eden.  Why is there suffering in the world if God is loving and all-powerful?

It’s one unbelievers ask. It’s one believers ask in dark days.  When unbelievers ask, they may be looking to justify their unbelief. When believers ask, perhaps they don’t see God’s hand in their circumstances.

Everyone suffers in life. My suffering may be more or less than yours. It isn’t fair, of course. But how you respond to your greater suffering may inspire me to deal with mine better.

Through our own suffering, we learn to care for others who hurt.

And there’s another question we forget to ask. Last Sunday, the guest speaker at my church asked it. He said it isn’t that God is helpless or uncaring.

But instead of asking why He allows suffering we should ask: “Why does a just and holy God allow us to experience any blessing whatsoever? How does a just and holy God allow us to experience anything other than the suffering we deserve?”

We can imagine the world without suffering. We can imagine that no children would be abused or hungry. It would be fair.

But we would also have to be able to imagine a world without sin.

And when we imagine God to be far away and unaware of our suffering, we forget His suffering. God the Father gave His Son. God the Son gave His life. And He gave it up in two forms of agony.

There was the physical suffering of the cross. Film depictions of the crucifixion fail to capture the reality of that suffering. But there was also the suffering of having His Father turn away from Him.

It was suffering He did not deserve. It wasn’t fair. And He chose to suffer because He loves so much.

When we look at the suffering of this world, we are here to proclaim His suffering for us and to, on His behalf, relieve the suffering of others.

And when we have the blessings of health, daily provision, sunshine, family, and any degree of comfort–if we ever had any of those blessings–if they are no longer ours, we can still be in awe of their source.

They are not what we deserve.


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We had fearlessly traveled halfway around the globe to carry the Gospel into a hostile country, and a large, yes, very large roach had reduced us to a singular quivering mass.

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“Even biology tells us that a high degree of habitual well-being is not advantageous to a living organism.” Alexander Solzhenitsyn

At Harvard’s commencement in 1978, Soviet dissident exile Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn spoke to the graduating class, the future academic, business, and political leaders of America.  He told them that “intense suffering” had produced spiritual development in the East, and that our comfortable lifestyle in the West had produced in us a state of “spiritual exhaustion.”

Solzhenitsyn said that Americans had “lost the concept of a Supreme Complete Entity which used to restrain our passions and our irresponsibility.”  He said we needed “voluntary, inspired self-restraint” to “raise man above the world stream of materialism.” Continue Reading…

David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt have been cleared of all charges for making false drivers licenses.  The official charge was “tampering with government records.”  

Daleiden and Merritt were indicted for making fake IDs in a plot to trap the supposedly benevolent Planned Parenthood providers of medical care for oppressed women.  Oh, and who were harvesting and selling unborn children’s body parts.

And who were illegally manipulating the abortion procedures to maximize the saleability of harvested parts. 

The charges against Daleiden and Merritt were dropped at the request of the Harris County DA’s office who had originally considered indicting Planned Parenthood.  

Daleiden and Merritt had used the fake IDs to gain access to PP staff and produce several undercover videos.  The videos show Planned Parenthood officials and employees engaging in conversations and negotiations about the sale of body parts. 

You can see the videos here.  

In a related story, Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood, will be speaking tonight at the Democratic National Convention.  She has a prime time slot right before President Bill Clinton.  


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