The Storm-Tossed Family | Book Review

After a years-long journey from foster care to adoption, my wife, son and I welcomed our two girls into their forever family on Friday, December 9, 2016. Family and friends crowded into the courtroom to witness the formal adoption ceremony. Afterward, we trooped over to our house for cake and presents for our daughters. Their adoption was a joyous event, well worth celebrating. And yet, as is always the case with adoption, a tragedy lurked in the shadows. You cannot build an adoptive family unless a tragedy, neglect or abuse has broken the biological family first. And though our girls … Continue reading The Storm-Tossed Family | Book Review

How Churches Can Support Foster Parents | Influence Podcast

May is National Foster Care Month. In today’s episode, Influence magazine executive editor George P. Wood talks with Jay Mooney and Johan Mostert about how churches can support foster care parents and thus solve the twin problems of America’s foster care system: capacity and stability. Jay Mooney is executive director of COMPACT Family Services, formerly Assemblies of God Family Services Agency. Johan Mostert is director of COMPACARE, one of COMPACT’S initiatives. To learn more about COMPACT Family Services, go to, or follow it on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Episode 139 Notes 00:00 Introduction to podcast 00:05 TruFire Curriculum sponsor ad … Continue reading How Churches Can Support Foster Parents | Influence Podcast

My Article on Foster Care, Adoption, and Leadership

My article, “What Foster Care and Adoption Taught Me About Life and Leadership,” appeared today at Follow the link to read the whole thing, but here’s an excerpt: And so, my wife and I found ourselves providing full-time care to other people’s kids. (Did I mention that they were girls? In diapers?) We found ourselves downtown, in a government building, interacting regularly with people struggling with addiction, joblessness and homelessness. It was a far from the comfortable, middle-class, suburban life we had grown up with, and that we had, in turn, created for ourselves. It was hard. (I’ll get back … Continue reading My Article on Foster Care, Adoption, and Leadership

Every Spiritual Blessing (Ephesians 1.3–14)

SCRIPTURE READING Ephesians 1.3–14 DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT In Ephesians 1.3–14, Paul praises God because he has “blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.” What are those spiritual blessings? Paul gives several examples. First, election: “[God] chose us in [Christ] before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him” (verse 4). When we give our testimonies, we speak of what led us to choose to follow Christ. But in reality, long before we had made a choice for God, God made a choice for us. Our salvation is the result of … Continue reading Every Spiritual Blessing (Ephesians 1.3–14)

The World Wide (Religious) Web for Monday, May 2, 2011

Obama bin Laden is dead. Here’s President Obama’s statement. He was, apparently, given an Islamic burial at sea. Pope John Paul II is one step closer to sainthood. Remembering David Wilkerson. San Francisco wants to outlaw male circumcision. I’m sure rabbis will soon declare SF non-kosher. Seven urban legends preachers should avoid using as sermon illustrations. Your soul lives online long after you’re dead. Check out David Hume’s non-religious defense of traditional marriage against polygamy and loose divorce laws. What a misleading article in The Nation can teach evangelicals about adoption. asks, “Is it ever OK to lie?” The … Continue reading The World Wide (Religious) Web for Monday, May 2, 2011