dead things

God works in a mysterious way.  That’s a line from the old song by William Cowper. The divine operates so much differently than the human.  If it were me, I would fix things before they worsened.  But God does His work on a scale that we don’t usually...

startling, genuine Christianity

Recently, I was reading a bit of David Kinnaman’s thought-provoking book unChristian. (Baker Books, reprint 2007.)  It deals with the younger generation’s prevailing perception both of the evangelical church and of the gospel message we present.The purpose...

never forgetting

Ten years ago today, I was a young mother who had just sent my first-grader off to school and was home with my three-year-old and one-year-old. The Quesenberry family was living in Birminghan, AL in the fall of 2001.  My first awareness of the events of that tragic...

the fragrance heaven loves

“Let my prayer be counted as incense before thee.” (Psalm 141:2, RSV) “What is incense good for? It appears to serve no practical purpose at all, and its smoke and fragrance soon dissipate.  Our prayers are like that because they seem to accomplish...

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