Thoughts from an Ordinary Guy

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Weep with Me

Being part of the family of God when that family is okay with not being okay can be really powerful.   It can be really healing to know that when you weep, God weeps with you.

No matter how you are hurting or where you are hurting, listen to this and know that God weeps with us when we hurt…….

The Story of Two Chicagos…..

When I started my 20 + year career in banking, I had no idea that the housing and mortgage lending policies that the government had in place would make a place Chicago one of the most diverse cities in the U.S. but also one of the most segregated…..

Why does JK Rowling Matter Anyway? – Apparent Project

If you go to and read the second article, you’ll see a couple of important names. I think it’s worthwhile talking about why they are important. What are those names? JK Rowling and Lumo…

Source: Why does JK Rowling Matter Anyway? – Apparent Project

There is a Better Way

I remember, back when I started working for the orphanage we adopted our children from, having a conversation with a friend about orphanages.   At that point, I contended that a “good” and “well run” orphanage was a good way to care for vulnerable children.

She, my friend, was adamant that there wasn’t such a thing.   That by virtue of the model of care, the way that children are impacted and the lives that are damaged, she said there wasn’t such a thing as a good orphanage or a well run orphanage.   We agreed, at that point, to disagree but respect each other and have remained friends.

A number of years later, I have to admit that I no longer disagree with her.   She was right.

Please take the time to watch Tara Winkler as she explains very eloquently her journey from a tourist to a voluntourist to an orphanage director to the director of an organization that has found a “better way.”

The Apparent Project, who I have the privilege of working with, has found a better way.

Seven Years – Apparent Project

By Shelley Jean

I feel like I have told the story so many times. The day that started like any other day. How we went to the store and bought flour and bananas and spent the day making tortillas. H…

Source: Seven Years – Apparent Project

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