Bible: Wisdom proves her worth

Jun 29, 2020 by

Our July lessons highlight Woman Wisdom’s presence beyond Proverbs and into all four Gospels. However, her feminine name changes from the Hebrew hokmah into the Greek sophia, so we can recognize her gracious...

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Powell: Kids don’t start racist

Jun 1, 2020 by

While shopping last year, a white child about 4 years old pointed at me and asked his mother, “Is that a n—er?” The mother took the child’s hand, looked at me and quickly disappeared. I wasn’t...

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Miller: Parents’ lessons stick for life

May 18, 2020 by

Complying with a stay-at-home order has given me lots of time to catch up on projects around the house — cleaning out landscape beds, reorganizing the garage, decluttering the office. The list is long. I...

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‘Mom, did you see that?’

May 14, 2020 by

“Look mom, no hands!” I exclaimed as I ran down the face of a rock. I was an adventurous little girl. I wasn’t afraid of getting dirty or heights or trying something a little more on the edge. My mother...

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Kehrberg: Giving up my essentials

Apr 20, 2020 by

People glorify all sorts of bravery except the bravery they might show on behalf of their nearest neighbors. — Dorothea, Middlemarch In response to COVID-19, our county issued a “stay home, stay safe”...

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Kehrberg: Let the children come

Mar 9, 2020 by

I come from a line of children without end. — J.M. Coetzee My 16-year-old daughter is getting confirmed into the Episcopal church this spring. This would be fairly unremarkable save for the fact that she was...

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It hinges on a hyphen

Jan 13, 2020 by

Let me be honest with you: I don’t want my kids to be evangelical Christians when they grow up. It was only recently, in one of those rare moments of fatherly self-awareness, that I realized this. My teens...

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Book review: Light from Distant Stars

Nov 13, 2019 by

Probably because I teach English at a Christian university, I get wrangled into conversations about what defines Christian literature. Does the content need to be explicitly Christian? Can a work be Christian...

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Book review: ‘Daddy Hold’

Apr 15, 2019 by

In 1999, the David and Debbie Landis family of Green Lane, Pa., pulled up stakes, leaving a thriving small business as well as loving relatives and friends, to settle some 1,000 miles southwest in Atmore, Ala....

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King: Shall I tell the truth?

Apr 15, 2019 by

“Dad,” said the brilliant negotiator, “you have a choice. If you agree to listen to what I’m doing in college without judging or punishing me, I’ll tell you the truth. Or I’ll just lie about what...

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King: A broken heart?

Jan 21, 2019 by

Decades ago, discovery of a murmur alerted me that my heart will always require monitoring and more of it, plus potentially treatment, as I age. Recently while grandchildren raced hither and yon, seemingly...

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What Amish have to teach us

Oct 31, 2018 by

I live in Lancaster County, Pa., home to one of the largest Old Order Amish communities in the world. My work brings me into regular contact with the Amish. I have come to believe that one of today’s notable...

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Foster care and our own refugee crisis

Jun 28, 2018 by

In our yard is a huge oak tree, its branches shading the sandy dirt underneath. Under the tree, a collection of spoons and cups pilfered from my kitchen litters the ground. My 6-year-old daughter is the queen...

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Book review: ‘Fledge’

Apr 9, 2018 by

When my children were very young, there was all manner of reading material at my fingertips, ready to tell me exactly how I might raise perfect kids. I could read books on attachment and potty training, blogs...

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‘Something like the grace of God’

May 1, 2017 by

Whenever I drive through the reserve, I’m always struck by how little seems to have changed over the past 30 years. I remember coming to play hockey here as a kid, remember how it seemed like a different...

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Fostering faith beyond Sunday school

Feb 21, 2017 by

Nurturing and building Christian foundations is paramount for being able to create a long-lasting successful spiritual walk once a child hits adulthood. Yet too many parents fail to see the importance of...

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Learning to plow — a New Year’s resolution

Jan 2, 2017 by

Ever since the second week of Advent, I had planned to write a piece. Some brilliant little nugget about beating swords into plowshares, wolves and lambs, and children leading us. I wanted to write something...

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When to stop praying for our kids

Sep 13, 2016 by

“I’ve quit praying for my kids,” she said. “It’s no use. God hasn’t answered my prayers, so there’s no use in keeping on. If I’m honest,” she continued, “I have to say that I’m kind of...

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On stories, sadness and spoilers

Aug 17, 2015 by

I was pacing in the living room. My son had been making his way through the Harry Potter series all summer, and he was reading the climactic chapter in the sixth book, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince....

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Reflections on my teenage faith

Jul 14, 2015 by

“Wow! I sure was fed some crap theology when I was a teenager.” I came to this realization while going through an old chest full of letters, notebooks and other papers from my high school years. (I won’t...

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Say five things you’re thankful for

Jun 11, 2015 by

I began a ritual with my boys. It was one of those attempts to draw us closer to each other, to remind us of what matters, to cultivate a way of thinking about and being in the world. Each night, after...

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We don’t have to give up

Jun 8, 2015 by

One great thing about being a parent is how heartwarming moments can happen at any time and often take us by surprise. Such was the case the other day as my daughter, Julia, and I discussed the end of her...

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Providing kids with faith — and freedom to ask questions

May 21, 2015 by

On Sunday I baptized two young people in my congregation — one was 13, and one was 30. Both talked — from their own developmental place — about the importance of faith and the church in their lives. The...

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Why motherhood matters

May 11, 2015 by

Since my book Mom Seeks God came out last year, I’ve spoken to many moms’ groups, and one thing has stood out to me as a need common to all moms: To know that our job matters. Whether we’re exhausted new...

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Knowing my identity for the sake of my kids

Apr 17, 2015 by

I have middle school-aged children now. My daughter has just finished her first year and my son will start in the fall. This baffles me, for it seems like just yesterday I was the one in middle school worrying...

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