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  • Nov 30, 2022Devotional

    Don't Waste the Waiting: An Advent Reflection

    Anna’s faithful love for the Savior convicts and challenges me. It breaks apart my excuses and points me toward a life of worship and surrender.
    Don't Waste the Waiting: An Advent Reflection

    One of my favorite passages in the biblical narratives about the birth of Jesus might surprise you. It’s Luke 2:36-38, which gives us a glimpse into the life of the elderly prophetess, Anna.

    Anna means “favor” or ...

  • What’s LUV Got to Do With It? Giving That Goes the Distance

    LUV (Learning, Understanding, and Validating) talk is a valuable skill not only for relationships, but also for those of us involved in giving and philanthropy.
    What’s LUV Got to Do With It? Giving That Goes the Distance

    During a seven-week church small group called “Marriage that Goes the Distance,” my wife and I learned about LUV (Learning, Understanding, and Validating) talk. It’s like placing an order at the drive-thru window. ...

  • A Better Samaritan Guide for Giving Tuesday (and Beyond)

    As you consider where to donate this holiday season, HDI recommends several organizations at which alumni are currently serving.
    A Better Samaritan Guide for Giving Tuesday (and Beyond)

    The Tuesday following Thanksgiving is widely known as “Giving Tuesday.” According to its official website, GivingTuesday was founded in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y (in partnership with Belfer Center for Innovation & ...

  • Nov 21, 2022Leadership

    An Advent Guide for Better Samaritans

    Resources to help you do Advent differently this year (and beyond).
    An Advent Guide for Better Samaritans

    Five years ago, some friends gave up electricity at home for Advent, using their devices only at work, living by candlelight in the mornings and evenings, grocery shopping in smaller batches, and restocking their cooler-turned-fridge ...

  • Nov 18, 2022Reconciliation

    On Racial Justice: The Question Is, Do We Want to Get Well?

    If we want better action, we may need to start asking better questions.
    On Racial Justice: The Question Is, Do We Want to Get Well?

    “But, what should I do?” might be the most common question I hear in circles with White people concerned about racial injustice. For many White folks, they are earnestly seeking wisdom and practical steps to engage. The ...

  • Nov 16, 2022Devotional

    No Small Thing: God's Strength in Our Weakness

    While sitting with a loved one battling cancer, God's been reminding me that our value is not dependent on our functionality. God can work through us, limitations and all.
    No Small Thing: God's Strength in Our Weakness

    Lately I’ve been spending a lot of time in the hospital with a loved one who’s battling cancer. The last several months have been filled with ups and downs, with the downs often overshadowing the ups. Things haven’t ...

  • A Week in Kakuma Refugee Camp: Glimpses of Hope

    It was difficult to visit the camp for a week, and most refugees live there for years. Still, there were glimpses of hope and joy in the midst of despair.
    A Week in Kakuma Refugee Camp: Glimpses of Hope

    A few weeks ago, I was on a UN airplane that touched down on a bumpy gravel airstrip near the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya. It was the beginning of a weeklong visit to the camp, which is operated by UNHCR and is home to about 240,000. ...

  • Nov 9, 2022Leadership

    The Clinical (And Political) Power of Neighborhoods

    We cannot survive only on big, vague associations for meaning. We need our neighbors, too.
    The Clinical (And Political) Power of Neighborhoods

    Americans are barreling through another election cycle, but not without seismic trepidation. Although we’ve already splattered plenty of ink trying to account for the present state of our politics, hostility tightens its grip ...

  • Nov 4, 2022Leadership

    Should We Shelve the Word "Missionary"? 5 Reasons the Term May No Longer Be Useful

    For many people, the word "missionary" is problematic. How should we respond to God's call to love our neighbors as a new era emerges?
    Should We Shelve the Word "Missionary"? 5 Reasons the Term May No Longer Be Useful

    I sat in a bustling café with a rep from a global missions agency last week. As we sipped our coffees, the conversation turned to the major challenges facing the missions world in the post-Covid era. Recruitment is down. Funding ...

  • Let's Not Forget About Ukraine: 3 Practical Ways to Help

    As news headlines about Ukraine fade, let's remember the global neighbors who still need our help.
    Let's Not Forget About Ukraine: 3 Practical Ways to Help

    The 24th of October marked eight months since Russia invaded Ukraine. Gardens have turned into graves, beautiful cities to rubble, and songs of joy to tears of sadness. Bombs, missiles, and bullets have replaced the sound of music ...