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Time to make the doughnuts that fight poverty

posted by Tom Davis

While the idea of donuts fighting poverty sounds extremely American, it’s actually the topic  Nicholas Kristof’s latest column about a family in Malawi. Kristof follows the Nasoni family’s journey through poverty to entrepreneurship. Kristof makes some interesting observations: – Although the […]

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The fire took their house, but not their home.

posted by Tom Davis

Children’s HopeChest employees create support fund for co-worker who lost house in Waldo Canyon Fire. Last week, the Waldo Canyon Fire ripped through the Mountain Shadows neighborhood of Colorado Springs, destroying at least 346 homes. One of those houses belonged […]

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Why this Ferrari Owner Wants More

posted by Tom Davis

  Owning one of the world’s most expensive luxury cars was not enough for Carey Brown. He wanted just a little bit more out of his Ferarri Testarossa.  “I wanted it to do more,” said Brown of the 12 cylinder […]

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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 […]

The Top 10 Worst Mother’s Day Gifts

posted by Tom Davis

Mother’s Day is a mere three weeks away. Many of you will be looking for the perfect gift this year. And if you are, DO NOT buy anything on this list of the top 10 WORST Mother’s Day gifts. (Disclaimer: Moms, […]

Setting the standard or feeding the problem?

posted by Tom Davis

While the investigation continues over the prostitution scandal involving US Secret Service agents in Colombia, there is now growing mention of the link between Colombia’s “legal” prostitution zones and sex trafficking. The first round of coverage focused mostly on the […]

What would you do if you won the $540 million Mega Millions jackpot?

posted by Tom Davis

Playing Mega Millions tonight? Let me say, “May the odds be ever in your favor.”  Actually, you have a much better chance of winning the Hunger Games than you do winning the Mega Millions tonight. How long are your odds? […]

Labor camps, torture, death.

posted by Tom Davis

Last night this came across my Twitter… @charlestlee Heart-broken by the news that the 31 North Korean refugees in China were sent back to NK. Hate injustice. Prayers go out to them. For some background, “On February 2012, 30 North Korean […]

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 […]

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 […]

Free to Live Tour Coming to Indianapolis

posted by Tom Davis

Free to Live combines live worship and prayer with a compelling call to action to love and care for orphans. This free event features Tom Davis, President of HopeChest, along with the Desperation Band and Meredith Andrews–two of today’s up and […]

ICHTHUS Music Festival

posted by Tom Davis

Next week, I will head to Wilmore, KY for the annual Ichthus Music Festival. This 3-day event takes place across several square miles of Kentucky farmland, and features dozens of Christian speakers, artists, musicians and ministries. Over 15,000 people will […]

On the Free to Live Tour bus in the middle of the night

posted by Tom Davis

We’re closing out the tour tonight in Birmingham, AL. Get your free tickets today and join us for this last show! Here’s the latest video we shot, in the middle of the night, while driving from Charlotte to Huntsville.

Free to Live // Atlanta Highlight

posted by Tom Davis

Free To Live kicked off in Louisville on Wednesday, stopped in Atlanta last night, and tonight will visit Southbrook Church in the Charlotte NC area (Weddington). Get your free tickets now. And catch up with on the first two shows…

Free To Live Launches Tonight @ SUMMIT VII

posted by Tom Davis

It’s just a few more hours before Free to Live’s opening show at the Christian Alliance for Orphans Summit VII in Louisville, KY. We’ll be keeping you updated on what happens with pictures, videos, and blogs. Make sure you LIKE […]

Corrective Rape of Homosexuals Spreads in South Africa

posted by Tom Davis

A practice is sweeping through South Africa that is horrific. Anti-homosexual sentiment is on the rise and to cure lesbians, gangs of men are raping them at times, to their death. A search for corrective rape in Africa on the […]

Have You Heard of Moolala?

posted by Tom Davis

I’m very excited to announce that the coupon company Moolala is featuring Children’s HopeChest as their deal of the day until Friday! Moolala offers an incredible deal from a local or online merchant every day. Each deal will save you […]

Free to Live Tour Launches May 11

posted by Tom Davis

Free to Live combines live worship and prayer with a compelling call to action to love and care for orphans. This free event features Tom Davis, CEO of HopeChest, along with the Desperation Band and Meredith Andrews–two of today’s up and […]

Protests Occuring in Swaziland

posted by Tom Davis

Today, the Swazi people will rise up against the long regime of King Mswati III in protest against the government and this will continue for the next three days. They are demanding that the King and his cabinet step down […]

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 […]

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 Interviewed on MSNBC by Martin Bashir

posted by Tom Davis

This is an interesting interview. Rob Bell is selling a ton of books, but he’s still not answering the questions that have stirred up so much controversy. Bashir asks questions such as: “You’re creating a Christian message that’s warm, kind, and popular […]

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 […]

Strongest quake in Japan’s history unleashes deadly tsunami

posted by Tom Davis

The images and reports coming from Japan should make us all stop today and offer prayers for the victims, the relief workers, and everyone impacted. If you would like to support the mounting relief effort, please visit the Red Cross […]

Ethiopia Adoption Cuts: Rumors & Human Rights

posted by Tom Davis

No confirmed news today, but plenty of speculation. There are some indications that there is an internal conflict over what is seen as too heavy a workload. Driven by the popularity of the international adoption program, many offices are overwhelmed […]

Moammar Gadhafi speech

posted by Tom Davis

Libyan leader Gadhafi says he will die a martyr. This speech by Moammar Gadhafi is a chilling reminder of the unrest taking place in Libya right this minute. Lives are being lost and the Libyan army are attacking its own people  […]

Church of Scientology Under Federal Investigation for Human Trafficking

posted by Tom Davis

The Church of Scientology is accused of trafficking. This is not hearsay, it’s a federal investigation. According to a report in The New Yorker, the Church of Scientology is under investigation for human trafficking and using free labor. According to the Huffinton […]

James Durbin an Inspiring Fatherless Kid on American Idol

posted by Tom Davis

Why you should watch James Durbin on American Idol. These inspiring stories on American Idol are bringing me to tears on Wednesday nights. James Durbin is a fatherless young man who revealed the pain of growing up without a dad to America. He also suffers […]

James Durbin an Inspiring Fatherless Kid on American Idol

posted by Tom Davis

Why you should watch James Durbin on American Idol. These inspiring stories on American Idol are bringing me to tears on Wednesday nights. James Durbin is a fatherless young man who revealed the pain of growing up without a dad to America. He also suffers […]

Confession App

posted by Tom Davis

New App helps Catholics confess on the go. I’m wondering how Catholics are feeling about this as a new app for confession is sanctioned by the Catholic church.  The idea here is the makers of “Confession: A Roman Catholic App” say their software […]

Brene Brown Speaks On Shame and Vulnerability

posted by Tom Davis

One of the best Ted talks I have seen is by a professor named Brene Brown on Shame and Vulnerability. As many of you know, I am doing my Doctorate at George Fox University on Hope and the Poor and I’m utilizing the same research […]

South Sudan Votes and Becomes Africa’s Newest Country

posted by Tom Davis

South Sudan votes to pave the way for a new nation. Nearly 99% of the southern Sudanese vote was in favor of secession. After years of persecution and war, those in southern Sudan will have the chance and rebuilding and […]

Aaron Rodgers steps out of Favre’s shadow: Whose shadow are you living in?

posted by Tom Davis

Aaron Rodgers emerges from Brett Favre’s shadow. Whose shadow do you live in? Aaron Rodgers, Super Bowl MVP, played a perfect game last night, leading the Packers to Super Bowl victory.  He had big shoes to fill when Favre left […]

Food Security in Egypt

posted by Tom Davis

Food security has been an major issue in Egypt and continues to be. Nevermind war and terrorism, think food security first.  The Huffington Post reports that “Gawain Kripke warned that, “the record rise in food prices is a grave reminder that until we act on […]

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 […]

7 Teens Arrested in Recorded Beatings of Bullying Victim

posted by Tom Davis

7 teens were arrested in the bullying of a 13 year old in Pennsylvania. The beating went on for about 20 minutes. As you can see in the video, the bullies were practically twice the size of the boy they […]

Groundhog Day 2011: How much winter is left?

posted by Tom Davis

Groundhog Day 2011 is tomorrow, February 2. Today the high in Colorado is about zero, so I am hoping Punxsutawney Phil does NOT see his shadow and give us six more weeks of winter weather. Tomorrow is the 125th anniversary […]

Remembering the Challenger Explosion

posted by Tom Davis

Today NASA marks the 25th anniversary of the Challenger Explosion that every American should remember. The Challenger Disaster changed the face of a generation as millions watched it explode on television and many believe is was the end of an era we know as Modernism. Christa […]

Chris Medina on American Idol

posted by Tom Davis

Chris Medina appeared on American Idol last night. A young man with an inspiring story who displays incredible character.  The 26-year old barista from Illinois appeared on Wednesday’s tryout episode of the national singing competition, and brought his girlfriend, Julia Ramos. […]

Hawaii Governor Abercrombie and Obama’s Birth Certificate

posted by Tom Davis

Abercrombie fails to find birth certificate for President Obama. This is just an interesting tidbit of news that is being reported today. Apparently, The Governor of Hawaii admits he cannot find Obama’s birth certificate, the state in which he was born. Read the […]

State of the Union Transcript 2011

posted by Tom Davis

Click here to subscribe to Red Letters. Click here to follow Tom Davis on Twitter. President Barack Obama’s State Of The Union Address for 2011 can be relived in full, both in video form and through reactions here, but for those […]

Ted Williams Leaves Rehab

posted by Tom Davis

Ted Williams leaves rehab and it’s against the doctors orders less than two weeks after entering for drug and alcohol dependency. Ted is the homeless man with the Golden Voice I wrote about previously.  Williams became a YouTube sensation after an Ohio reporter filmed him along a roadside […]

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 […]

Oprah Has A Sister

posted by Tom Davis

Oprah has a secret half-sister she knew nothing about until it was revealed Monday. Oprah has a younger sister named Patricia and she is a dedicated Christian. According to the Huffington Post,  “Vernita Lee, Oprah’s mother, gave Patricia up for adoption in 1963, but kept her […]

March for LIfe 2011

posted by Tom Davis

March for Life 2011 .Today is the 38th annual March for Life event and supporters are flooding Washington DC. As we continue to celebrate Sanctity of Life Month, The March for Life today marks the 38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade (officially […]

Moscow Airport Bomb Explosion: Terror Blast: At least 31 killed in Moscow’s Domodedovo airport explosion

posted by Tom Davis

A Moscow Airport Explosion has rocked Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport killing 31 and injuring more than 130 others. Initial reports through Reuters say that the bomb at the Russian airport was the work of terrorists and the bomb “ripped through the arrival hall at Moscow’s Domodedovo […]

“Selling the Girl Next Door:” CNN Documentary Airs Tomorrow

posted by Tom Davis

Amber Lyon Reports for ‘Selling the Girl Next Door’ for Sunday, Jan. 23 at 8:00pm ET & PT on CNN/U.S. Selling the Girl Next Door is a CNN documentary featuring Amber Lyon, a reporter who peels back the dark layers of […]

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 […]

Carlina White kidnapped 20 years ago and reunited with family.

posted by Tom Davis

Carlina White is reunited with her family after being kidnapped 20 years ago from a New York Hospital. Carlina White’s family “never lost hope” that she would return. In 1987, Carlina White was kidnapped from her hospital bed, just 19 […]

John F. Kennedy Inaugural Address

posted by Tom Davis

One of America’s favorite Presidents is John F. Kennedy. Today we celebrate the 50 year anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s Inaugural address. In commemoration, your favorite search engine has designed the John F. Kennedy Inaugural Address Google Logo It was January 20, 1961 where […]

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 […]

Jean Claude Baby Doc Duvalier Haiti’s Former Dictator

posted by Tom Davis

A very interesting turn of events is occurring right now in Haiti. Jean Claude ‘Baby Doc’ Duvalier, Haiti’s former dictator, returned to the capital after he fled 20 years ago.  The video below by The Associated Press shows Mr. Duvalier escorted from […]

Oprah Winfrey Suicidal and Pregnant as a Teen

posted by Tom Davis

I’ve always admired Oprah for how she has overcome a poor upbringing, but I never knew how difficult her past was. Oprah Winfrey says lossing baby as a teen was my second chance, Opray Winfrey Piers Morgan interview. In the inaugural interview […]

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 […]

Martin Luther King Quotes

posted by Tom Davis

Martin Luther King I Have a Dream, MLK Quotes, Martin Luther King I Have a Dream Speech Today we celebrate the life of one of the most famous men in history. A man who stood against the injustice of his day and […]

Teresa Scanlan Miss America 2011

posted by Tom Davis

Miss Nebraska Crowned Miss America 2011 – Teresa Scanlan, only 17 years old, becomes Miss America 2011. After being homeschooled through her junior year, this young lady has become the youngest Miss America ever. Teresa Scanlan is a Christian an hopes to inspire good morals and honesty in […]

Martin Luther King I Have a Dream

posted by Tom Davis

Today is Martin Luther King Jr‘s official birthday. Crowds are celebrating Dr. King’s life all over the United States. His life was an inspiration to millions and changed the course of a generation.Here is Dr. King’s I Have a Dream Speech on video. Watch, remember, and be inspired. .At an […]

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 […]

Sarah Palin “Blood Libel” Claim: What does it mean?

posted by Tom Davis

What is blood libel? The Sarah Palin blood libel statement comes in the middle of Sarah Palin’s response to the Tucson shootings in this video. More below… After the Tucson shootings in Arizona that wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and killed […]

Ted Williams Arrested

posted by Tom Davis

Ted Williams the homeless man with the golden voice has been arrested. Apparently, his new found fame has gotten the best of him and his alcoholism has regained its footing. Now, instead of cheap bottles of vodka, he’s drinking the best […]

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, […]

Michael Dyer Gets Up Keeps Running Sets up Auburn BCS National Championship

posted by Tom Davis

Auburn football player Michael Dyer, a freshman, looked like he was down on a short but uneventful 4th quarter run in the 2011 BCS Championship Game. But then, Michael Dyer kept running. The Michael Dyer run play set up the […]

Moment of Silence

posted by Tom Davis

President Obama led the nation in a moment of silence today for the victims of the shooting rampage that took place in Tucson, Arizona The Wall Street Journal reports.  About 300 members of the White House staff, including Mr. Obama’s top aides, were […]

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 […]

Is Facebook Really Shutting Down on March 15?

posted by Tom Davis

Facebook is shutting down. Facebook is going to delete all of your photos and information. Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg has had enough and thinks the 500 million Facebook users should go get a life–and some friends in the real world. […]

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 […]

Ted Williams YouTube Star and the Homeless Man with the Golden Voice

posted by Tom Davis

It seems that everyone knows the story of one homeless man in Ohio. Ted Williams is now known as the homeless man with the golden voice. The first YouTube star of 2011, Williams is a homeless man with an amazing […]

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 […]

Dead Birds and Fish in Arkansas

posted by Tom Davis

This just gets weirder and weirder. The post I wrote yesterday reported that 2,000 birds had fallen out of the sky dead as a door nail. Now, the report is over 5,000 birds and now that the autopsies are in, they definitely died from […]

Birds Fall From Sky

posted by Tom Davis

We’ve all heard the nursery rhyme, “Chicken Little” where the main character is crying out that the sky is falling. Well, a real-life chicken little event occurred on Friday night, December 31, 2010. In Beebe, Arkansas, outside of Little Rock, […]

Auld Lang Syne Lyrics

posted by Tom Davis

Every year people around the world sing Auld Lang Syne. We’ll be singing it as a family at midnight and would love for your voices to join the chorus. In case you don’t know the lyrics, here they are along […]

The Great Emergence – Is there such a Thing?

posted by Tom Davis

Phyllis Tickle wrote a book called, The Great Emergence – How Christianity is Changing and Why that we read for my doctoral course. I think Phyllis is an incredible brilliant and talented woman. All that to say, I don’t agree with her on […]

Taking Jesus to the Web on Cyber Monday

posted by Tom Davis

This Friday, millions of Americans will hit the malls, superstores, and shops for the door-buster deals of Black Friday and then again on Cyber Monday. It’s the beginning of the $447 billion spending extravaganza this Christmas season. Did you shop […]

Thanksgiving Prayers

posted by Tom Davis

Today is likely one of the most important days of the entire year. Why? Because it focuses on a very important characteristic that is missing in our culture: Gratitude.  Gratitude helps us to focus on what has the most value […]

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 […]

Malaria vs. Swine Flu in the Media [video]

posted by Tom Davis

Remember the swine flu? Take a look at this breakdown of media coverage, comparing the number of stories devoted to the swine flu vs. malaria during the same time period. Imagine for a moment that all of those media stories […]

Does Africa need more Coke?

posted by Tom Davis

Coke is everywhere. In all my travels throughout the world, I can tell you that a Coke product is easy to find. Recently at the TEDxChange event, Melinda Gates made this same observation, and offered three areas where international development […]

A Gift that Brings True Meaning to Your Life

posted by Tom Davis

As we all discuss and share ideas about life, theology, consumerism, hope, poverty, Christianity, Stephen Hawking’s new book, and other similar matters on this blog, I felt like this Ted Talk cut through topics and dove deeply into the heart of the […]

Lausanne Congress Cape Town, South Africa 2010 – Poverty and Wealth

posted by Tom Davis

One of the biggest events for World Evangelization is just kicking off in Cape Town. I’m hoping to shed some light on the conference, let you know of some resources and how to participate, and ask some tough questions like, […]

Charlotte, NC Home of Teen Sex Traffickers

posted by Tom Davis

These stories are becoming disheartening. It seems that every time I turn around there is another news article about traffickers luring girls into the sex trade in the major cities of the US. Next city? Charlotte, North Carolina.  This is […]

A Seventh Grade Girl Is Trafficked for Sex in the United States

posted by Tom Davis

We are starting to hear more and more about the number of girls being trafficked in the US – as young as seventh grade. How can this be going on you ask? Because traffickers are proactively seeking vulnerable girls with […]

Child Prostitution on Craigslist

posted by Tom Davis

I want to help my friends at change.org get the word out about Criagslist and sex trafficking. There are specific things you can do now, so please take action.  You probably know Craigslist.org as a place to buy concert tickets or a […]

A Prayer for Our Enemies

posted by Tom Davis

A difficult thing for me to do is pray for my enemies. Today, on September 11th,  I’m reminded of the evil in the world and how many enemies all of us have. What is our response? In Matthew 5:44 Jesus […]

9 11 Memorial

posted by Tom Davis

Today marks one of the worst tragedies in United States history. We will never forget. Today, we pray for the victims of 9/11, the peace and unity of our world and country, and in the words of Jesus, we pray […]

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 […]

Boycotts and Lawsuits Against Craigslist Payoff

posted by Tom Davis

Earlier in the year I wrote this post about shutting down Craigslist’s adult ads which were responsible for online prostitution and child trafficking. At that time, there were many heated debates regarding the right approach for bringing attention to this, including boycotting the site. […]

24 Children Among Hundreds Raped in the Congo

posted by Tom Davis

I’m broken hearted as a read this article on CNN international. At least 24 children were among the hundreds that were recently raped in the Congo.  “Attackers blocked roads and prevented villagers from reaching outside communications. Many homes were also looted.Many […]

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 […]

Modern Day Salem Witch Trials Kill Children in Africa

posted by Tom Davis

If this doesn’t convince you that evil is alive and well in our world, I don’t know what will. In 1692, nineteen people were convicted of witchcraft and hung in Salem, Massachusetts. What’s happening in Africa makes that look a […]

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 […]

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 […]

An Atheist Says Africa Needs God

posted by Tom Davis

The Times in the UK posted an excellent article that merits much thought regarding some of our recent conversation about Jesus Christ and the Bible. I’m thankful for all of you who are atheists or agnostics and have chosen to […]

Is the Bible Really the Word of God?

posted by Tom Davis

Frank Schaeffer doesn’t think so. I must say, I was disturbed when I read this article in the Huffington post. Frank’s father, Francis Schaeffer, was one of the great theologians I grew up reading and wrote books such as: The God Who Is […]

What do Jesus and Harry Potter have in common?

posted by Tom Davis

Confession time. While researching what elements go into a great novel, I became a huge fan of Harry Potter and the magical world woven together by author JK Rowling. And while Christians are certainly “disputatious” about what the books mean […]

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 […]

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 […]

Bombs Rip Through Uganda as People Watch World Cup Game

posted by Tom Davis

This is simply heartbreaking. Our prayers are with the families of those who have lost ones through this act of terror, including Nate Henn who worked with Invisible Children. As an organization, we have suspended travel until after the elections. It’s hard […]

Underage Russian Model Hopefuls Being Lured Into Underground Sex Trade

posted by Tom Davis

This is happening across the globe. Fox News just released this report: “Russian supermodels are at a record high — but some hopeful young models in the former Soviet Union were being pushed into underage sex and escort work, Sky News reported […]

If You’ve Ever Thought Your Living Conditions Were Bad…

posted by Tom Davis

Kuymandi Community Project from Tom Davis on Vimeo. One of the gorgeous places on earth, along with some beautiful kids. A stark contrast to the reality of life in Capetown. In this community, there were also dead rats laying around. […]

The World Cup Defies Explanation

posted by Tom Davis

Today we watched Chile win an impressive victory over Honduras. And although I have never been to either country–I found myself caught up in the excitement and cheering along with 50,000 other soccer fans. The scope of this tournament defies […]

Beyond the Game

posted by Tom Davis

While in South Africa, I’m launching new blog series called “Beyond the Game.” I’ll report from South Africa at the 2010 FIFA World Cup on social justice issues impacting orphans and vulnerable children. Very soon, we’re launching a “Beyond the […]

Apprehensions About South Africa and The World Cup

posted by Tom Davis

Allright, so I know many of you are not huge soccer fans and you don’t have five kids in soccer like I do! However, you can’t deny that this event is the biggest thing happening in the world right now. […]

Inspiring World Cup Video

posted by Tom Davis

On Monday evening, twenty-three of us are heading to the biggest event on the planet – the FIFA World Cup. We have a stop over in England then fly direct to Johannesburg. The day we land we will be attending […]

Trafficked Girls Rescued at the World Cup

posted by Tom Davis

On Monday I’m leaving with Hayden and Gideon to do ministry in South Africa and attend a few World Cup games. Children’s HopeChest is supporting several orphanage carepoints there and we’re looking at helping victims of human trafficking. Girls are being trafficked […]

The Ugly Side of the World Cup

posted by Tom Davis

Human trafficking is always an issue, but grows even more prevalent at worldwide events like soccer’s biggest stage.  As the World Cup heats up in South Africa, new sporting controversies and legends are sure to grab our attention, as they […]

The World Cup and South Africa

posted by Tom Davis

In one week, I’m leaving with my two boys and twenty others for The World Cup. U.S. fans are buzzing with excitement after USA’s 3-1 win over Australia yesterday. All five of my children play soccer so this will be a huge […]

Too Many Children in our World Suffer Appalling Abuse

posted by Tom Davis

Today, the UN outlawed abuses inflicted on children including prostitution, pornography, and the sale of children. I don't know why this took so long, but good for them. It's good to see world leadership stepping up and doing their part […]

Russia, St. Basil’s, A Video, and Priceless

posted by Tom Davis

Every day there is more news reports regarding human trafficking and sex trafficking. This is the exact subject of my next book. Priceless releases in 6 short days! To keep my commitment about having the book come to life for you, I'm […]

An Ordinary Girl Rescues Two Women from Trafficking

posted by Tom Davis

I love this true story. All of us wonder what we can do to make a difference in some of the biggest human rights issues we face today. This woman just did it. She acted. What an inspiring story from Newsweek […]

Absolutely Shocking – You Must Read This Article

posted by Tom Davis

As we go about our normal lives, the global problem of child prostitution has come to roost right in our cities. This is clearly the most disturbing piece I have read about what is happening in the United States. Dan […]

Single Ladies and Exploiting Little Girls

posted by Tom Davis

Happy Tuesday! This week you'll have the chance to win a copy of Priceless before it hits the streets. This will start with tomorrow post so make sure you're signed up for my blog through the RSS feed or by entering you're […]

The Exploitation of Children in our Culture

posted by Tom Davis

When this video came on, I was sick to my stomach. I'm not sure if it was watching the video that made me sick, or hearing the roaring crown in the background – perhaps both. Something has gone dreadfully wrong […]

What’s In Your ____? My Article in Relevant Magazine

posted by Tom Davis

Like me, you might wake up some days and think, “I’m going to do better at ________________.” Perhaps your [blank] is something like personal spiritual disciplines. Or maybe it’s a secret sin you’re facing. Or the way you spend money. […]

Adoptions are in a 40% Decline

posted by Tom Davis

With 150 million orphans in the world, we should be seeing a dramatic increase in the number of orphans who are adopted every year in the United States. But sadly, the opposite is true. Adoptions have been decreasing every year […]

A Sex Crazed Culture at the World Cup

posted by Tom Davis

There are a lot of things heading to South Africa for the World Cup this summer. For starters, I'll be going with my two boys and 21 other people. We'll be doing ministry in Johannesburg and Capetown and catching a […]

Help Wanted – Stop Child Sex Trafficking

posted by Tom Davis

On Monday I'm heading to Russia and Moldova with a few great friends: Anne Jackson, Brad Riley, Pres of Iempathize, and the photo/video guru, Simon Scionka. Why? Because we're sick of the evils forced on young girls who are being lured and kidnapped […]

This Will Change Everything in the Publishing Industry

posted by Tom Davis

This is one of the coolest inventions I've seen in a long time. Not only is it cool, it will revolutionize the way we read and absorb digital content. Michael Hyatt posted this on his blog today, and he believes it will […]

The Child Sex-Slave Industry

posted by Tom Davis

I’ve just started working on my next novel titled, Sacred. This plot of this book is centered around the child sex-slave industry. In my research, I’ve discovered that this is a mammoth problem and that young children are sold as […]

Prostitute in Eliot Spitzer Case Victim of Fatherless Home

posted by Tom Davis

It’s a story we’ve heard too many times. A broken home that’s abusive and a fatherless kid gone wild as she tries to find herself in a world filled with pain and disappointment. In my mind there are at least […]

Clinic in Las Vegas May Have Infected 40,000 with HIV, Hepatitis

posted by Tom Davis

You hear about the thousands that are infected every day in places like Africa, India and Asia. But something this catastrophic right here in the United States? Read this article the go to then Special Guests page to see how […]

Church Shooting in Colorado

posted by Tom Davis

Of course we are all saddened by the events of this weekend. Many of our close friends were at the church when this occurred. Around 1:00 pm on Sunday, a lone shooter fired shots in the New Life Church parking […]

Canadian Police Kill Polish Immigrant with Stun Gun

posted by Tom Davis

You have to watch this to believe it. The man does nothing to deserve this. Video footage has been released in Canada showing the last moments of an immigrant who died after being stunned with a Taser by police. Robert […]

Burma Struggles to Breathe

posted by Tom Davis

Thanks to my partner in crime, Seth Barnes, President of AIM for this post. This is a follow-up to a post I did on Burma you can read by clicking here. One of our World Racer’s, Stephanie Fisk, wrote about […]

Join International Bloggers Day for Burma

posted by Tom Davis

Join International Bloggers Day for Burma now! Thanks to Mike Todd for writing a great article on this and waking us up to this crisis.

Extreme Poverty in Myanmar

posted by Tom Davis

We have to declare a war on Poverty. "Stupid poverty" as Bono calls it. I couldn’t agree more. 25% of Myanmar’s children don’t live to the age of 5. 132,000 children there under 5 die every year because of preventable […]

Five for 50 Coming Out Party

posted by Tom Davis

Today, I’m heading to Virginia to be with 12,000 people and speak at The Awakening Festival outside of Washington DC. Artists performing are: Toby Mac, Barlow Girl, DecemberRadio, NeedtoBreathe, This Beautiful Republic, Mainstay, and Ashes Remain. This is exciting because […]

Global Warming?

posted by Tom Davis

Okay, I know this is a hot topic – people have their opinions. But the reality is that something IS happening with the climate of our world. CO2 gases, numerous emissions from millions of vehicles and factories are changing the […]

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