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Essays on Faith, Family and Culture

Spiritual Growth Requires Springs of Living Water

Our spiritual growth requires abundant springs of living water. What should we do when the well runs dry?   As a transplant myself, I appreciate how hard it is to take root and grow in new soil. I should have recognized the signs of transplant shock in the redbud tree - and offered some salve,… Continue reading Spiritual Growth Requires Springs of Living Water

Essays on Faith, Family and Culture

When Church Means Pain, What’s a Parent to Do?

Families with children diagnosed with autism, learning disabilities, and intellectual disabilities need their church families. But churches are ill-equipped to welcome them. I’m embarrassed to admit this. I never thought about what it must be like to take a child with a hidden disability to church.   From my spot among the choir, I’ve watched… Continue reading When Church Means Pain, What’s a Parent to Do?

Essays on Faith, Family and Culture

The Truth About “Agatha and the Truth of Murder”

The truth about the new Netflix movie, Agatha and the Truth of Murder, is that it's a plot based on inconsistencies and a long list of modern movie cliches that assume a liberal worldview. [Warning: Spoiler Alert. It was impossible to write this article without spoilers. Skip it if you would prefer to watch the… Continue reading The Truth About “Agatha and the Truth of Murder”

Essays on Faith, Family and Culture

The Jewels in Our Midst: In Praise of Local Arts and Culture

I don't know what impetus pushed me out the door last night. Boredom, the arch-enemy of creativity, crept into my work, and thus I found myself seeking any excuse to drive from my farm into town. I love my farm. I love the life that I live, the quiet, the solitude, the peace. But six… Continue reading The Jewels in Our Midst: In Praise of Local Arts and Culture