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Haven Ministries

Here's the most recent news and updates for this outstanding ministry!

Jesus is NOT the Reason for the Season

  • Monday, December 7, 2015

"Jesus is not the reason for the season."

Recently I heard one person declare that contrarian view, belying the trite bumper sticker which reminds us of the "Christ" in "Christmas."

Now, I assumed their statement was primarily designed to get my attention (just like it was mine, to get yours).  But then I wondered how they would explain such a seemingly contradictory declaration.  It seems almost sacrilegious to say anything but "Jesus is the reason for the season."

They went on to say, "No, Jesus isn't the reason for the season, you are the reason for the season."  OK ...

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Back to the Future Again

  • Saturday, October 3, 2015

Recently I noticed one of the cable networks promoted a marathon of the Marty McFly movies, Back to the Future. The first in the series was fun, but IMHO, things went downhill after that.

(Frankly, I think the word "sequel" is roughly equivalent to "entropy," confirming the Second Law of Thermodynamics with very few exceptions.   For me, the BTTF films proved the sequelian theory: each successive movie is worse than the one before.)

So, I wasn't interested in joining the marathon . . . until they reminded me of one critical piece of movie trivia.  The "future" date on the DeLorean's ...

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Loving Your Enemies

  • Friday, September 11, 2015

I was shocked. 

Apple's much awaited product debut.  And Microsoft is invited to the stage as a premier presenting partner?!  Did you see it? 

Just a few days ago, Apple-ites waited breathlessly for 2½ hours while one new product after another was announced.  When Apple's Phil Schiller welcomed Microsoft VP Kirk Koenigsbauer to the stage, there was an uncomfortable wave of laughter and then applause moving through the audience.  Here were (seemingly) sworn enemies actually working together on the hallowed Apple stage.  Steve Jobs must have been rolling over in his grave.

Actually, it makes sense for both ...

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Bibles for Cuba!

  • Friday, August 7, 2015

More than 67,000 Bibles are on their way to Cuba!

That's a staggering number!  And it's a result of the vision of Haven's Charles Morris and an array of generous donors. 

This started two months ago when Charles led a group of Haven friends to explore the state of the church and the church of the State.  While Roman Catholicism remained officially tolerated, the underground evangelical church persisted--small but vibrant.  And as is so often the case, in spite of soviet and socialist suppression, the home church movement is thriving.

Today, while the freedom to worship ...

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Burn Baby Burn

  • Wednesday, July 8, 2015


Burn Baby, Burn

Question: What sport burns, in six minutes, the same amount of energy as two non-stop, back-to-back basketball games?

The answer is crewing.

That fact was news to me, even though I have two daughters who both rowed from their 7th grade summer all the way into college.  I happily spent countless hours at high school and college regattas waiting for those magic seven minutes of each child's race.  I'm sure I complained a couple of times during the passing of all those events.  But as painful as the waiting might have been, it was ...

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Communism, Cars and Cigars

  • Friday, June 5, 2015

Cuban CarsCommunists, Cars and Cigars

Those three words can only mean one destination: Cuba! 

As I write, Charles Morris and a team from the Haven Ministries Board are traveling home from that strange island nation. The country is especially alluring for those of us who were alive during the Cuban missile crisis and were keenly aware of the threat just 90 miles off our shore.

For decades, the thought of traveling to Cuba was at the very least dangerous.  Actually, it really was unthinkable.  But today, touristas are being welcomed with open armas.  Bienvenidas!

The light of capitalism is shining brightly ...

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