“How about that Midwestern welcome last night?” I asked my friend. She was visiting from Alaska and rarely witnessed lightning storms. I knew the storm from the night before was a memory maker. Vicky’s eyes lit[...]
The neighborhood of Pastor Mike and Angela Sciarra in Orange, Calif., are among those communities impacted by this week’s fires in southern California. Yesterday, a mandatory evacuation was issued for the[...]
As I opened my car door, I heard an ear-piercing scream. Looking up, I saw a mother coming toward me pushing a grocery cart loaded with bags with one hand while trying to carry a struggling, screeching child. A[...]
The teen lay on her bed with tears running down her face. “I can’t live like this any more,” she told herself. “I just can’t go on.”Her depression prevented her from getting out Her depression prevented her fro[...]
I can’t imagine what was going through Aaron and Hur’s minds. They were charged with the task of holding up Moses’ arms to help Israel win the war. The significance always strikes me as odd, but I can’t imagine[...]
When I was growing up, I had no shortage of WWJD bracelets from my local church. Other than gel pens, these stylish accesories were the must-haves for any reputable church youth back in the day. What would Jesu[...]
How are we to respond to the situation last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia? A look at our history can give us some important clues. When the Civil War started, the Brethren, who were pacifists, remained c[...]
I was nine years old and attending Clear Lake Camp nestled in the Cascade Mountains of the Paci c Northwest. Sitting on a log positioned around a Friday evening campfire, I felt the heavy darkness of the nightt[...]
The summer I was 15, a friend we were visiting took my family to the top of the incline overlooking Johnstown, Pennsylvania. As he was describing the disastrous flood that had once hit the city, I stood looking[...]
“Blame my dad.” That was my answer when a friend, somewhat annoyed, said, “Do you have to spiritualize everything?” To my dad, everything was an illustration of a spiritual reality. He took his cue from Jesus, [...]
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