God makes up the difference

God makes up the difference

Faith-lined path leads from abject poverty to historic judgeship Judge Albert Kirby grew up “down east” in Clinton, N.C. “We were poor, very poor,” he acknowledged. His mother, Lu Ellen, “a good seamstress,” would get and repair old clothes from others and buy...
Worth Repeating

Worth Repeating

“Thoughts and prayers’ has reached that full semantic satiation.” CNN digital writer A.J. Willingham on the phenomenon in which an overused word or phrase loses its meaning “Don’t ever be ashamed to ask for help.” Veteran pastor Greg Rogers of Oakmont Baptist Church...
Reducing people to an issue adds to their abuse

Reducing people to an issue adds to their abuse

To alert observers of the swirling world of American evangelical Christianity, it comes as no surprise that we are witnessing or engaging in the ongoing debate over biblical understandings of homosexuality and gender identity. The topic — after years of attempts to...
EDITORIAL: Rain & change

EDITORIAL: Rain & change

A conversation with singer/songwriter Ken Medema For decades musician Ken Medema has moved audiences toward meaningful worship, thoughtful reflection and a lived-out faith with a wide embrace. His music comforts the weary while challenging the self-satisfaction of a...
REBLOG: Ringing the bell for freedom

REBLOG: Ringing the bell for freedom

The shiny bell in my home study is beautiful in appearance and sound. But it is more than that: It is gift that reminds me to be bold in “ringing the bell for freedom” — as I was charged by the generous man who gave it to me. David M. Smith of Houston, Texas, reminded...

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