Marriage is not easy, and that might be the understatement of the century. It is hard work and heartache, late nights and crippling doubts.
We needed to get to know each other and to listen to each other's stories so that we could envision and work toward making northwest Iowa a region where all of us could flourish together, whatever our race or ethnicity.
The God we encounter in Scripture hears the cries of mothers wailing for their children but is not moved by the smug self-righteousness of those who claim there is a proper and orderly way to flee for one’s life.
My democratic hope is that no immigrant in this country should feel that his or her efforts are futile and future predetermined because of legal status.
Honoring the image of God and the inherent dignity of all people requires honoring all families.
Discipline within the church needs to be more than a reactive judicial system to deal with sin. Discipline needs to begin proactively with rhythms that promote honest conversation.