Author Archives: Tim

You Don’t Need a New Year’s Resolution to Lead a Better Christian Life

[A brief re-post from the archives.] When you belong to Jesus, your life is always pleasing to God because the Spirit of Christ lives the life of Christ in you and for you. I know, you think you need to … Continue reading

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Rightly Disagreeing

You can tell a lot about a person’s character by how they treat people who disagree with them. For example, in court the most successful attorneys are those who treat opposing counsel with the utmost courtesy and professionalism. Petulance is … Continue reading

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Thirsty Enemies Needing a Drink of Water

People on the Internet can appear to be the enemy of all you stand for. What does the Bible say about enemies, whether online or otherwise? If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, … Continue reading

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A different thing than asking God to fix your kids

[Today’s guest post on honest parenting experiences is from Dan Behrens, a pastor in Auburn, Washington. Dan nails it.] Discussion on “parenting advice” and “spanking” is complex and can be tough to navigate. I am certainly no expert, but as … Continue reading

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“Whodunnit?” From the mouths of babes …

Kids Ask Some Great Questions I first became a judge in 1995, and my kids were really young. They liked coming to the courthouse and seeing where Dad worked. One time my son asked about the people in jail. He … Continue reading

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Rhythms of Grace – deficiencies and sufficiencies

[Today’s guest post is from Gricel Medina.] Since I was a child I have always suffered from a particular vitamin deficiency. My body would respond with symptoms that alerted my mom that it is was time to get my blood … Continue reading

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Guardians, Adoption, Slavery and Freedom – the difference between law and grace

A couple weeks ago I covered some cases for another judge. It was the Friday guardianship and adoption calendar, an assignment I used to have in my own courtroom but hadn’t seen since I transferred back to a criminal assignment … Continue reading

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Whose Money is it Anyway? Lessons from Finances, Anxiety and a Baby’s Birth

[Today’s guest post is from Megan Westra, a writer and speaker who also serves on the leadership team of a Milwaukee church. Here she writes of her growing understanding of money, faith, family and friends.] The Anxiety of Financial Matters … Continue reading

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Taking My Dad to Concerts and the ER

Back in the 70s when I was still a teen, my Dad would take me to concerts. These weren’t concerts I wanted to go to and he’d drive. These were concerts he wanted to go to and – after I … Continue reading

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God’s Got Your Name (and It’s Not a Bad Thing Either)

My friend Julian knew the name of the capital city of every country in the world. Every single one. Julian was an older student at the University of Sussex, where we wound up in the same building of on-campus housing … Continue reading

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