My grandfather, a surveyor

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I am sorting stuff from the attic and basement. I ran across my grandfather's precision surveying instrument. Later on I knew his wife Granny Jennie -- she was as mild-mannered as they come. But I never knew Grandpa Tom. He died before I was … [Continue reading]

The tale of Granny’s punch bowl: where next?

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When I was a kid, Granny had a punch bowl in the middle of her dining room table. She was an old lady, with feet in the Victorian era. So the punch bowl is flowery and Victorian. It probably had belonged to her  mother, a high-society lady for the … [Continue reading]

Am I a racist?

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Racism is a topic that my heart keeps returning to. What is it? What causes it? Why is it so hard to escape? Why do many white people from outlying areas of my city avoid driving in predominantly African-American sections? Answer: They tell each … [Continue reading]

My project: novels for tweens

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I've been up to a lot of things lately, and one of them is a series set in the fictional St. Louis suburb of Sugar Creek in 1969 or so. One protagonist is Ollie (left), a 15-year-old musician who just moved to Sugar Creek from New York. He's … [Continue reading]

Tag! You’re it!

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I agreed to be part of a blog hop, but I've decided to change the rules (because I don't want to talk about myself right now). Let's play tag! Blog tag! I'm tagging these inspirational writers' blogs as places for you to explore and be blessed. … [Continue reading]

Conspiracy by Suzanne Hartmann, a review

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Conspiracy by Suzanne Hartmann, Book Two of Fast Track Thrillers Published 2014 by Oak Tara Publishers Genre: Christian thriller with sci-fi elements Joanne Van Der Haas discovers that her beloved boss George is accused of selling big-time … [Continue reading]

Reaching out through fiction

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Carl Ellis Jr. tells Christians to speak into the culture, affirming core Biblical values without necessarily naming them as Biblical, in order to nudge the culture back toward Biblical norms and begin the process of preparing the soil for planting, … [Continue reading]

Christians can make a difference in a pagan culture

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In my last post I asserted that our culture is no longer Christian, and I expect you agree with me. Or perhaps you are surprised to hear me assert that because you are young enough to have no memory of a time when the culture did at least give lip … [Continue reading]

What we learn from Joseph, Daniel, and Esther

My Bible study group just finished a study by Tim Keller examining what we can learn from Joseph, Daniel, and Esther about living in a pluralistic, or pagan, society. Let me point out that that is what we are living in now, so this was a very … [Continue reading]

What makes a strong marriage?

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I was pondering the question, what makes a strong marriage? What advice would I give someone just getting married? In fact I have been in a marriage that failed, and in one (lasting 27 years so far) that's very sturdy and wonderful. So I have a … [Continue reading]