It was the first potted plant I tried to grow, and it had thrived so well I was beginning to hope it meant I had a green thumb. Then one day I noticed that some of the leaves were turning dark. They got drier a[...]
Chuck Winter, retired Charis Fellowship pastor in the Pacific Northwest, writes regularly for the The Good Life, a monthly publication in Central Washington that focuses on faith and community. In January, he w[...]
The young woman looked like my former student. She acted like my former student. She even sounded like her. But she couldn’t be. It had been fifteen years since I had seen her. I remembered her as a quiet middl[...]
It was my first trip to Alaska, and I was deeply disappointed. We landed in heavy fog, and for the next two days I strained my eyes trying to see where I was going. I started to wonder whether the scenic views [...]
Grace College history professor, Jared Burkholder, has written a guest post at patheos.com about the purity movement of the 1980s and 1990s. A portion of that post appears below. Click here to read the complete[...]
I acknowledged my same-sex orientation in the middle of ninth grade. The clues had been present years before, of course. I distinctly remember my interest in the YMCA men’s locker room after 5th-grade swimming [...]
As I was browsing Facebook early in the morning, I came across an article covering the Wesco tragedy in Cameroon. This was the first I had heard of the news. Only a few weeks ago, a 44-year-old man named Charle[...]
One of my best friends began to pull back from friendships at church, dropped out of serving, and became obsessed with work and with his appearance. I feared for his marriage, wondering if he was involved in an[...]
I couldn’t believe it! It was a classmate’s birthday, and my friend and I had wanted to host a celebration in one of the lounges of our dorm. So while my friend baked two round layers of cake mix, I made a big [...]
September 11 is a day for remembering. As the Heartland Leadership Network’s first meeting of the Fall landed on that date, we reminisced about what ministry was like before 2001, considering how things have ch[...]
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