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Posts by Dr. Randy Faulkner

Deportation: What Would Jesus Do?

Half of Latino Christians worry about themselves or someone close to them getting deported, according to the Pew Research Center. Many Hispanics are praying for protection as the U.S. government announces plans for more and quicker deportations for undocumented immigrants. A significant proportion of our nation’s Latino population now say they have “serious concerns about […]

Your Christmas Journey

In 1972, Connie and I had an infant and a toddler. When the time came to take our Christmas pilgrimage from Northern Illinois to Tennessee, we made a bed in the back of our little station wagon and bedded the children down for the all-night journey to our Christmas reunion with my parents. One of […]

Now That the Election Is Over

Our nation has come through a bitter political campaign filled with rancor, insult and hatefulness. Most Americans said they were dissatisfied with the presidential candidates fielded by both major parties. Revelations about each of the candidates’ ethical lapses brought their public and private morality into question, raising doubts about their fitness for the presidency. The […]

What We Want and What We Get

Andrew Murray was a 19th century missionary whose writings continue to have influence around the world. He is known for his insights into the spiritual life, especially prayer. He wrote, “If I not only seek an answer but seek after the God who gives the answer, then I receive the power to know I have […]

A Day to Pause and Be Thankful

I am writing this on my 70th birthday. Thoughtful people and good friends have reached out to me with cards, Facebook messages and personal greetings. I hardly know what to say. I am flattered by all the fuss. My closest ministry colleagues gathered to sing “Happy Birthday.” I don’t know if they were required to […]

The “Why” of Christmas

In a collection of letters children wrote to Santa Claus, one said, “Dear Santa, you did not bring me anything good last year. You did not bring me anything good the year before that. This is your last chance. Signed, Alfred.” Another one read like this: “Dear Santa, there are three little boys who live […]

Remember the Reason for Thanksgiving

A man received a parrot as a gift. The bird had a bad attitude, and every word out of its mouth was rude. The man tried to change the bird’s attitude by speaking politely, playing soft music, and teaching it a new vocabulary. Nothing worked. Fed up, the man yelled at the parrot. The parrot […]