Tag: hope

  • Kensington Barnes: A Story of Firsts

    Kensington Barnes: A Story of Firsts

      We have been expecting you. Not just your mom and dad, But all of us, The Spears Family. With each pregnancy – there have been nine of them prior to yours! – we all wondered, wished, and sometimes prayed: A girl. Maybe this time[..]
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  • The Power of the B-I-B-L-E

    The Power of the B-I-B-L-E

    I love the Bible. I love it for its poetry. And I love it for its song. I love it for its wisdom. And I love it for its hope. I love the way it gives comfort, like a mother or a father reaching out[..]
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  • Why we never gave up on church

    Why we never gave up on church

    Millennial. We were like you once, Not so very long ago. We, after all, were the ones who taught you the words of The B-I-B-L-E And how deep and wide is Our Father's Love. You aren't the first, you know, to raise the issues We[..]
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  • Dressing up for Trial

    Dressing up for Trial

    I'm sensitive to these sorts of things, you understand. I can't help myself. A person's background informs present realities. So when I see pictures like the one above of Army Major John Jackson wearing full dress uniform as he heads into court, I want to holler[..]
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  • Jesus in the Kudzu

    Jesus in the Kudzu

    [caption id="attachment_1506" align="aligncenter" width="373"] Jesus in the Kudzu[/caption]   He wears tats upon his thin frame and silver studs on his lips. His jeans fall inches below his gray Calvin underwear. The first day I spoke with him, he wasn't wearing a shirt. He was[..]
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  • Deliver Us From Evil

    Deliver Us From Evil

    It is Good Friday. A term that has always seemed like an oxymoron to me. I mean, if you are going to be nailed to a cross, for any reason whatsoever, that does not seem like a particularly good day for anybody. Oh, I know,[..]
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  • All my bags are packed

    All my bags are packed

        I am packing tonight. Well, actually, I should say I am supposed to be packing tonight. Or I will be packing tonight, as soon I as I get off this computer. To say 2015 has gotten off to a rip-roaring start would be[..]
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  • Book Giveaway: The Grand Paradox

    Book Giveaway: The Grand Paradox

      I'm in Bend, Oregon for an extended period of time, playing granny-in-waiting. Little Sawyer is due any day now and so I'm here, praying for a safe delivery, healthy baby and mama, and yes, getting my grad school work done online. Not since Jesus[..]
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  • The County

    The County

      We were tucked into a couple of chairs at the corner diner. A wood stove burned hot in the far north corner. In the far south corner sat a gaggle of men swapping stories. The young ones wore blue jeans, fleece-lined jackets and baseball[..]
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