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Touching the Image of Jesus: Part 3

posted by Tom Davis

In the final chapter of Alexandra’s story, she shares what happened when she boarded the plane for Swaziland with her teammates. This post is a little longer, but I’m pretty sure you won’t be able to put it down. Thank […]

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Touching the Image of Jesus: Part 2

posted by Tom Davis

When we left Alexandra, she was wondering how she was going to raise $3,411 to travel across the world with a group of Christians she didn’t know. She wasn’t a Christian and had no church. But she did feel deeply […]

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Touching the Image of Jesus: Part 1

posted by Tom Davis

Sometimes there’s a lot more going on than we can see with our physical eyes. At least, that appears true in the case of Alexandra Warwick. I first introduced you to Alexandra in this post, Rejecting Slacktivism. I was intrigued […]

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Doing Justice

posted by Tom Davis

“He has showed you, O Man, what is good, and what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” – Micah 6:8 What does it mean to be […]

How do you use your freedom?

posted by Tom Davis

Yesterday I went to one of the few fireworks shows in Colorado. The wildfires have forced stringent fire bans and shut down many of the state’s fireworks displays. But last night in the skies over Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, fans were treated […]

I’m too young to be a Grandpa…again!

posted by Tom Davis

With Mother’s Day just 2 weeks from now, there’s a mom who is selling beautiful Mother’s Day cards that will help hundreds of orphans and vulnerable children in Ethiopia. You’re going to buy a card anyway, check these out and […]

Easter and the promise of new life

posted by Tom Davis

No other person in history has created more change and disruption to the status quo than Jesus Christ of Nazareth. And for those people who are following Jesus’ teachings in ways we would consider “radical,” there’s a lot of change […]

What does hope look like?

posted by Tom Davis

I want you to meet three special girls: Zinhle from Swaziland, Sasha from Russia, and Tulsi from India. You can read more about their stories here. For the past several months, we’ve shared the stories of these girls. With over […]

They were too hungry to learn…

posted by Tom Davis

Two years ago I led a vision trip to Ethiopia. One of the participants on that trip, Karen Wistrom, decided to take on two CarePoints–Kind Hearts and Trees of Glory–where almost 300 children live and attend school. At that time, […]

Stories don’t change by accident.

posted by Tom Davis

Her story started here… Tulsi is a seven-year old girl from India. Both of her parents died of tuberculosis. She lived alone for three days until her grandmother came to get her. Now, she lives with seven other relatives in […]

On the Edge of Seventeen

posted by Tom Davis

No, I’m not blogging about Stevie Nicks. There is another young woman who is on the edge of seventeen…literally. Her seventeenth birthday is this Christmas. As in December 25, 2011.  Simone–who was born on Christmas–decided to give up some of […]

Give Anyway

posted by Tom Davis

This Christmas, I’ve been thinking about how easy it is to become  fatigued.  When we are motivated to action by some severe need we stand up and do something on behalf of the extremely poor. But the next time we […]

Gifts with a Purpose: My Interview with “Established Signs” Founder Karla Bates

posted by Tom Davis

Simple. Original. One-of-a-kind. Every Christmas gift should be as compelling as a personalized family sign from Established Signs. This Christmas, you can purchase an “Established Sign” for your family that includes your family’s name and the date it was established. Pretty simple […]

A prayer for World AIDS Day 2011

posted by Tom Davis

Join me in prayer this World AIDS Day, December 1, 2011. Magnificent Jesus… In this season of advent, we ponder the great mystery of how you became flesh and lived among us. You healed us with your hands. You comforted […]

Discover true extravagance this Christmas

posted by Tom Davis

Based on last week’s record-breaking Black Friday sales numbers, it looks like we’re on our way to an extravagant Christmas season. Retailers took in $7 billion more than last year for a total of $52.4 billion this weekend. Yet, all […]

Are you prepared for Christmas?

posted by Tom Davis

I’m guessing you are thinking of presents, food, travel plans, Christmas parties, out of town company, and everything else that consumes our busy American Christmas season. But I said are you prepared for Christmas…Not “Giftmas” as one national retailer termed […]

The Ethiopian Church, His Holiness Abune Paulos, and Kind Hearts Orphanage

posted by Tom Davis

What a fascinating time we’ve experience here in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It’s not every day you get the chance to meet with The Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, His Holiness Abune Paulos. My Doctoral group from George Fox University […]

Can your beard change the world?

posted by Tom Davis

Andy Campbell’s can. Andy is the founder of “Beards for Hope.” A few months ago I got an e-mail from Andy, who said: “I’m blessed with the super-manly ability to grow facial hair. I often style it when I’m bored. […]

Child Pornography Bust :: More content than 16,000 DVDs

posted by Tom Davis

Dreamboard. It had over 123 terabytes of child porn. And according to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, that’s more content than 16,000 DVDs. Dreamboard. A members-only, online child porn club that encouraged its members to post graphic, horrific, and sometimes […]

What Christianity is Not

posted by Tom Davis

One of the things that drives me up a wall is when someone blatantly misrepresents the gospel (good news by the way) of Jesus. God does not answer the crazy prayers of someone to punish atheists and send a tsunami […]

Free To Live Tour

posted by Tom Davis

Announcement: The Free To Live tour is coming to 12 cities this spring and fall. Featuring The Desperation Band, Meredith Andrews, and Me (Tom Davis). We’d love to see you there. Click here for tickets and check out this video […]

Protect Girls in Russia from Forced Prostitution

posted by Tom Davis

Welcome to all the listeners visiting from the Frank Pastore Radio Show! Here’s a bit more in depth about how Children’s HopeChest is helping to prevent the sex trafficking and forced prostitution of orphans in Russia. Click to Make a Gift to […]

Rob Bell and Love Wins

posted by Tom Davis

I’ve just finished reading Rob Bell’s new book, Love Wins and this review comes on the first day of its release. I have mixed reviews and emotions about this book. If reading it will do anything, it will make you think about why you believe […]

Is Rob Bell A Universalist?

posted by Tom Davis

The internet and blogosphere is buzzing about Rob Bell being a universalist. I’d like to reprint an article by Justin Taylor where he claims Bell is a Universalist. Is he a Universalist? Until the book comes out, you’ll have to reserve judgment. One […]

Pimps expect big score at Super Bowl

posted by Tom Davis

“Pimps will traffic thousands of under-age prostitutes to Texas for Sunday’s Super Bowl, hoping to do business with men arriving for the big game with money to burn…”  – Mickey Goodman, for Reuters. Right now, pimps are readying their under-age […]

State of the Union 2011: Barack Obama to feature heroes from Tucson shooting

posted by Tom Davis

President Barack Obama delivers the 2011 State of the Union Address tonight, beginning at 9 pm Eastern Time. Tonight, President Obama will give the 2011 State of the Union and reports indicate that several heroes from the Tucson shootings will […]

Ricky Gervais: Atheism isn’t offensive

posted by Tom Davis

Ricky Gervais, host of the this year’s Golden Globe Awards, is taking criticism for his pointed, and personal jokes. Including a bit where Gervais thanks God for making him an atheist. Ricky Gervais a brilliant comic mind, and the originator […]

Sex Trafficking Webinar Today

posted by Tom Davis

Join me today for HELP WANTED: Protecting Orphans from Human Trafficking. This is a FREE Webinar provided by the Christian Alliance for Orphans.  Click to Register: http://bit.ly/h2V21W As part National Human Trafficking Prevention Month, gain an overview of the global […]

Christian pro-life groups gather in Colorado

posted by Tom Davis

Christian pro-life and justice groups will promote Sanctity of Human Life Month during the Life and Justice Conference on Jan. 22 in Colorado Springs. I’ll be speaking at the conference, and I urge you to join us in person or […]

New Zodiac Signs for 2011: Did yours change?

posted by Tom Davis

New zodiac signs 2011, new astrological dates, and the 13th zodiac sign Ophiuchus bring horoscope changes. This morning the Web is abuzz with searches for “Ophiuchus” and “new zodiac signs.” The 1/3 of Americans who consult horoscopes and believe in […]

Beatification

posted by Tom Davis

For Catholics, beatification is a wonderful part of their faith. For evangelicals, it is difficult to understand. Pope Benedict XVI has made a move to make the former Pope John Paul II one step closer to sainthood by setting a date for his […]

Westboro Baptist Church plans to protest at 9-year-old Christina Green’s Funeral

posted by Tom Davis

How to build angel wings for the Westboro funeral counter-protest Westboro Baptist Church has made headlines again. Infamous for tacky protests and hate-filled messages, Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church plan to picket the funerals of Tucson shooting victims, […]

Christina Taylor Green, 9-year-old girl shot and killed in Tucson shootings

posted by Tom Davis

Little girl shot and killed in Tucson Christina Green, shot and killed by Jared Lee Loughner on a sunny Saturday morning in Tucson. Christina Taylor Green was at Safeway in Tucson to meet Rep. Gabrielle Giffords because she was elected […]

Daniel Hernandez, Congressional Intern, Credited for Helping Rep. Gabrielle Giffords After Shooting

posted by Tom Davis

They are saying he ran toward the sound of the guns. Yesterday’s deadly shootings in Tucson, Ariz. have left 6 dead, and Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in critical condition. The alleged shooter killed not only a federal judge, but a nine-year-old […]

Twitter Subpoenaed by U.S. Government for WikiLeaks Accounts: What would you do?

posted by Tom Davis

The ongoing drama of WikiLeaks continues today with the news from WikiLeaks that a “secret U.S. grand jury” is seeking the Twitter data of Julian Assange and three other WikiLeaks supporters. After publishing the 250,000+ WikiLeaks cables, U.S. intelligence and […]

Target, Starbucks, and Jesus Drop Names from Logos

posted by Tom Davis

Target and Starbucks recently dropped their names from their logos. The Starbucks logo change reflects their belief that they are big enough to not need the name. They’ve transcended the need for letters–it’s so 20th century. Although many reactions to […]

Change Their Story raises $52,000+ to protect children from forced prostitution and poverty

posted by Tom Davis

On November 15, 2010, HopeChest launched Change Their Story–a campaign to empower our supporters to raise money from their friends and family during Christmas. Instead of buying more things, 75 families decided to join HopeChest in changing the story for […]

What if you were the Mega Millions Winner?

posted by Tom Davis

$355 million is the jackpot at stake in this week’s Mega Millions lottery played in 40+ states. It’s one of the largest jackpots in the history of US lottery.  “Did anyone win the Mega Millions?” Yup. At least two people […]

How to have a “Mary” Christmas

posted by Tom Davis

The first Christmas was announced by the angel Gabriel to Mary. He told her of God’s favor upon her because God would bring his Son into the world through her humble body. The Son of the Most High God, in […]

Why Christians Should be Involved in Halloween

posted by Tom Davis

One of my friends in Twitterspace put me on to a blog that has an excellent post about Halloween from Dr. Mark Young, President of Denver Theological Seminary. I believe this is the heart every Christian should have when it comes to choosing how […]

Should Christians Celebrate Halloween?

posted by Tom Davis

It’s that time of year again – the second most popular holiday behind Christmas. There are many names given for this season: “Halloween,” “All Saints Day,” “The Devils Day,” “Hallelujah Night,” and “Fall Festival.” The origins of this go back to […]

Pros & Cons: Lausanne Congress 2010

posted by Tom Davis

Last week I posted on the Lausanne Congress being held in Cape Town, South Africa right now. My good friend Mary DeMuth gave her viewpoint in this excellent post. Mary is in Cape Town for Lausanne, and is experiencing the […]

On the Ground in Swaziland: Ask Your Questions!

posted by Tom Davis

I’m back in Swaziland today. Swaziland is a tiny kingdom inside of South Africa. Actually, I’m about 1,000 miles from Cape Town, the site of the 2010 Lausanne Congress. As that meeting unfolds and focuses on the challenge of world […]

It May Not Change the World but it Will Change Me

posted by Tom Davis

Final post here on To Change the World by James Hunter. One good thing about doing a Doctorate is that it forces you to read challenging books. Remember, you can follow my cohort at www.dmingml.com. The last essay in this book is the […]

You Will Not Believe What Happened

posted by Tom Davis

Updated: December 7, 2011 This is one of my absolute favorite stories of the past few years. A group of people stood up and acted to stop sex trafficking. Out of this, another couple joined Change Their Story 2010 and […]

ReThinking Power in Light of Jesus and the Poor

posted by Tom Davis

I dare you to read this post on how we use the power we’ve been given and compare it to how Jesus taught us to use power. This brings us back to the question addressed in my last post, How We […]

What It Means To Be An Image Bearer

posted by Tom Davis

For those of us who are doing what we can to make the world a better place, this is a short, remarkable video by N.T. Wright about reflecting God’s image in the world. Let this be an encouragement to all […]

Can You Change the World?

posted by Tom Davis

Most of you know that I’m pursuing my Doctorate at George Fox University. Love the school, the profs, the peeps. For my dissertation I will be writing a few books from my research on caring for the poor, ministering to orphans, and […]

I Need Some Deep Theology – Meet Christoph Blumhardt

posted by Tom Davis

While doing a little Doctoral research, I’ve found a little known theologian that I’ve fallen in love with. His name is Cristoph Blumhardt (1842-1919) and he was born in Germany. His teaching influenced great minds such as Karl Barth, Dietrich […]

An Inconvenient Truth

posted by Tom Davis

What happens when we are confronted with reality in way that forces us to make a decision to change? What do we do? There are two options: Ignore it and hope it goes away.  Change a decision or our behavior.  […]

Burning the Koran vs. Jesus Gospel of Love

posted by Tom Davis

File this under, “What are you thinking?” Terry Jones, a pastor of a church in Gainesville, FL made national headlines by hatching a plan to burn 200 copies of the most holy book in Islam, the Koran. Book burning evokes […]

Stephen Hawking says There Is No God in His New Book

posted by Tom Davis

And he has lost his mind.  In his new book, “The Grand Design,” famous scientist and physicist, Stephen Hawking says God is not necessary to exist for the universe to have formed because of gravity. Seems a bit ironic to me that […]

Walking in the Footsteps of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien

posted by Tom Davis

When you first arrive in Oxford, England, what’s the first thing you do?!

C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, A Doctorate and Turning 40

posted by Tom Davis

In three short weeks I will turn 40. This creates a number of internal dilemmas for me the least of which is the fact that I always thought 40 was old. Now I’m rethinking my whole idea of what “old” […]

The Inspiration of C.S. Lewis

posted by Tom Davis

Since I leave for Oxford on Monday, I felt that reading a few inspirational quotes from C.S. Lewis to start a Saturday was fitting. I’ll also by at Magdalen College mentioned in this first quote. Lots of pictures to come, […]

Celebrating Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech

posted by Tom Davis

Saturday marks the 47th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech. Delivered from the steps of Washington DC’s Lincoln Memorial, King spoke of a world in which his children would be judged by the content of their […]

How to Love with Encouragement

posted by Tom Davis

Encourage literally means “to put in courage.” It was C.S. Lewis who said, “Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.” Lewis links courage to our other virtues–like honesty and […]

Difficult Love: A Clarification

posted by Tom Davis

This morning I posted on a CNN article that described a vicious attack and rape of over 150 women in a Congolese village. Based on feedback from regular blog readers and friends, it is clear that my initial post failed […]

100 Ways to Love Like Christ + Free Book Contest

posted by Tom Davis

Since we are discussing “how” Christlike love works, I want to host an open forum to gather the BEST ideas for how to love those around us.  Building off yesterday’s post, I want everyone who reads this post to leave […]

Brian McLaren talks about Being a Heretic with Scot McKnight

posted by Tom Davis

I know both of these men well. Glad they are appearing together for this. Please watch the video. They both talk about issues of poverty and orphans. Thanks to my buddy, Matthew Turner for the Video   Q | Conversations on Being […]

Love is like jumpstarting a car

posted by Tom Davis

A friend of mine took her three kids to the doctor’s office. While in the waiting room, she met a young mother with her newborn baby. The new mom looked dog-tired. She recognized that look from the early days of […]

The Love Habit

posted by Tom Davis

We don’t want our Christian life to be a ritual, a chore, or a duty. And certainly we would not want love to become a chore–like making your bed or brushing your teeth. Or do we? This weekend, Sam Bradford […]

F. W. Boreham

posted by Tom Davis

One of my favorite authors in the world was a man named F. W. Boreham. I’ve often described him as an “artist with words.” Here are a few inspiring quotes and stories that come from the 55 books he wrote. There […]

To Live as Love

posted by Tom Davis

Jesus commands us to live as love–to be “living love.” Love that breathes, walks, talks, and acts. And Jesus speaks of a particular kind of love. A love that is exhausts “self” for the betterment of “others.” I love that […]

Red Letters: Living a Faith that Bleeds

posted by Tom Davis

Today I was going to continue exploring the “how to” of the love we see in Jesus’ Gospels. But instead I want to pause and re-center. To do that, I want to post the introduction to my book Red Letters: […]

Love: It’s what makes the Gospel, the Gospel

posted by Tom Davis

There’s a great Subaru ad campaign right now with the slogan, Love. It’s what makes a Subaru, a Subaru.  Click the ad to see all the awesome stuff you can do with a Subaru. I am one of the many […]

I Am a Christian Who Doesn’t Believe in Christianity as I Used To

posted by Tom Davis

Truly, Anne Rice’s comments on ‘quitting Christianity’ have stirred a great debate. I’m thankful for every comment left on my blog and Facebook yesterday. Personally, it’s helped me gain perspective. Hopefully is has caused each us to examine our lives, think about […]

I quit Christianity too.

posted by Tom Davis

I’ve deliberately waited to respond on this topic, as I wanted to see what would bubble out of the blogosphere after Anne Rice’s announcement that she “quit Christianity.” What Rice describes is a set of behaviors that she observes in […]

What Are You Grateful For?

posted by Tom Davis

Perspective. Today’s post really got me thinking about my life vs. the rest of the world. I thought I would make a top 10 list of the things I’m grateful for that most of the world doesn’t have access to. It’s helping […]

Jesus, Us, and “The World.”

posted by Tom Davis

Following up on yesterday’s post, I want to dive into the topic of “the world”–a phrase that Jesus uses often in opposition to “the Kingdom of God.” Jesus talks about Kingdom values and ethics–which typically center on repentance, obedience, love, […]

What’s Wrong With Christians?

posted by Tom Davis

My first article for Beliefnet was a little piece titled, “Why Christians Suck.” I made the case that our faith is largely disconnected from our actions. In short, we suck because we do not do what Jesus commands us to […]

Helping Young People to Dream Again

posted by Tom Davis

As a father of seven, I know how challenging it can be to keep your kids inspired and focused on something greater than themselves. There are so many competing voices in our culture pulling them in a million different directions. […]

The $2,000 Tortilla Chip

posted by Tom Davis

When I heard about the $2,000 tortilla chip, I wanted to share this story on my blog about the intersection of our perspective on our resources when life happens to us. This is part of an occasional feature I will do […]

A Prayer for the Captive – Something We All Can Do

posted by Tom Davis

We’ve come off a week of talking about difficult issues relating to human enslavement. I thought we would end the week by praying a prayer together on behalf of the millions who are enslaved around the world. Please join me: […]

Russia, Red Square, Orthodoxy and Human Trafficking

posted by Tom Davis

This is my favorite behind the scenes video of my new book Priceless which focuses on an orphan who is swept into the evil sex trade industry. In chapter four Stuart runs into an Orthodox church on the corner of Red Square in Moscow, Russia called Our […]

It’s a Red Letter Day

posted by Tom Davis

In Medieval times, holy days, saints and feast days were marked on the calendar in Red. This originated from early illuminated manuscripts marking capital letters and highlighted words in Red ink.  Since this blog is titled, “Red Letters – Living […]

I heart puddle jumpers…

posted by Tom Davis

Boarding the puddle jumper for Orcas Island, on my way to teach with Leonard Sweet. Boarding a Puddle Jumper from Tom Davis on Vimeo.

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