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27August 2013

by: Doug Hayes

The Glory of God in Music

When I was in college, I wrote a persuasive essay on the proposition that Christians should listen to secular music.  The suggestion wasn’t merely that it’s permissible, but that this is an activity we should engage in.  I don’t know that I’d put it so strongly today, and in any case my assignment here is different.  But I continue to believe that music...

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18March 2013

by: Doug Hayes

Today You Will Be With Me in Paradise

Not three months ago we celebrated the birth of Jesus, God incarnate, in a lowly stable.  This week, as we remember his death for us, we see him suspended on a cross between two common criminals.  Having been born among the lowly beasts of the field, he now submits himself to a humiliating death with the most despised and rejected of men.  Just as Isaiah prophesied, it had now...

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8March 2013

by: Doug Hayes

We’re Doing it Together

Editor’s Note:  Covenant Mercies’ Executive Director Doug Hayes made the announcement below on a recent Sunday morning.  It is slightly edited and re-posted here for those who missed it, or who would like to be reminded of how they can participate in this exciting new development in our mission.   I regularly receive words of thanks and appreciation for my work in...

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23January 2013

by: Doug Hayes

What Bob Dylan Understood About Biblical Justice

A Lonesome Death The year was 1963.  Outraged by a story he’d read in the newspaper, a young Bob Dylan sat down in an all-night café and penned the words to one of his most moving and brilliant songs.  A well-connected white man had killed a poor black barmaid in a fit of anger over a drink, and the ensuing trial had resulted in a slap on the wrist.  The Lonesome...

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21January 2013

by: Doug Hayes

MLK and Roe v. Wade: Refusing to Believe that the Bank of Justice is Bankrupt

“I Have a Dream” Today my family and I will continue our Martin Luther King Day tradition of listening to King’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech and reflecting upon its relevance for our lives today.  Standing in the shadow of the Lincoln Memorial a century after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, King led thousands in decrying the fact that...

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10December 2012

by: Doug Hayes

Enjoying the Blessing of Giving This Christmas

Jesus said it’s more blessed to give than it is to receive.  That truth hits home at Christmas time more than any other time of year; not only because it may be tested in this season more than any other, but more importantly because this is the time of year when we celebrate the coming of the One who willingly became poor so that we, by his poverty, might become rich.  Could...

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18June 2012

by: Doug Hayes

True Africa Book

Last month, Covenant Mercies had the joy of celebrating the release of True Africa, a coffee table book comprised exclusively of the photographs David Sacks’ has taken for Portraits of Hope. I had the privilege of writing the Foreword for the book, in which I tried to express my appreciation for both the photographer and his subject matter. Here is an excerpt: When I began traveling to...

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4May 2012

by: Doug Hayes

Portraits of Hope 2012

Of all the Portraits of Hope events ever hosted by Covenant Mercies, I am most excited about this year’s show.  Before I explain why this year’s event is so special, here’s a bit of history Portraits of Hope is a photo art exhibit and silent auction, benefiting the work of Covenant Mercies.  Its most prominent feature is  the stunning photography of nationally...

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2April 2012

by: Doug Hayes

Mighty to Save

As most readers of this blog would know, my role on CFC’s pastoral team is to lead a separate nonprofit organization we’ve established called Covenant Mercies, which partners with indigenous churches in the developing world to care for orphans. Through our Orphan Sponsorship Program, we are presently caring for nearly 1,000 fatherless children in Uganda, Zambia, and...

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14October 2011

by: Doug Hayes

Steve Jobs, the Creation Mandate, and the Kingdom of God

Last week I went online one evening and saw the sad news that Steve Jobs had passed away after a long battle with cancer. One click led to another, and soon I was viewing retrospectives on his life and marveling at the worldwide impact this one man has had on the way we live our lives. Most of us walk around with useful tools in our pockets (and nearly all of us work with useful tools on our...

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