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How God Met Me in My Deepest Pain

By Alan Davis

Saying goodbye to my stillborn daughter was the hardest, most painful thing I’ve ever doneread more

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  • 6 Ways an Interim Pastor Can Help a Church in Crisis
  • How God Met Me in My Deepest Pain
  • Great Ape Personhood and the Seventh Commandment of Animalism

6 Ways an Interim Pastor Can Help a Church in Crisis

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; An optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” — Winston Churchill I still remember my first day as the interim pastor. I was hardly in the building 15 minutes when an assistant pastor shared with our pastoral team just moments before the 8 a.m. service that he and his wife sold their condo and would be moving to Kentucky in a few weeks. I thought to myself, Happy days are here again! It gets better: eight days later, another assistant pastor confided that...

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How God Met Me in My Deepest Pain

Eliana Joy Davis was born on December 13, 2014, at 12:30 in the morning—three months prior to her due date. Days earlier my wife, Rachel, had gone in for a checkup after not feeling our baby move as she normally did. It was nighttime in Qatar, where I’d been deployed for several months, when I received a video call on my computer. I’ll never forget that moment. Rachel was lying in a hospital bed with my mother and brother surrounding her, choking back tears as she delivered the news. There was no heartbeat. Eliana would be...

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Great Ape Personhood and the Seventh Commandment of Animalism

The Story: A judge in Manhattan has ordered a hearing that will touch upon the continuing debate over whether caged chimpanzees can be considered “legal persons,” in the eyes of the law, and thus sue, with human help, for their freedom. The Background: The case in question was brought by the Nonhuman Rights Project, a group that, as the New York Times’ notes, has been active in promoting a legal theory that some animals, such as chimps, are “legal persons” with the right to “bodily liberty.” The group claims that two chimpanzees, Hercules...

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