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The U.S. Is not a Christian Nation — and It Never Was

posted by Carolyn Henderson

I was visiting a friend in the nursing home last week when I found myself trapped, holding my sleeping friend’s hand, forced to sit in the same room with a Christian television show. Those of you who read me regularly […]

Christians: It’s Time to Read Grown-up Books

posted by Carolyn Henderson

I read very few designated “Christian” books. As a lover of thoughtful, well-written literature, I read for entertainment as well as for enlightenment, and find fiction to be a sublime means of conveying truth. It’s no accident that Jesus used […]

Who’s Your Guru?

posted by Carolyn Henderson

Before the world of Facebook, we’d find ourselves at a bridal shower, say, and The Person in Charge of Embarrassing Games generally began with something innocuous, like, “List your five favorite books about sex,” or, if this were a church […]

Downton Abbey, Mind Control, and Your Christian Life

posted by Carolyn Henderson

Because we do not subscribe to any television, cable, or satellite service, our family waits awhile to see the very, very few contemporary shows that are worth watching, and one of the events we have waited a year to experience […]

Previous Posts

Reading the Bible without Supervision
[caption id="attachment_1021" align="alignleft" width="425"] Reading the Bible and meditating upon it is the province of every Christian. If we own the book, and it's in our language, and we can read it without being shot, we might want to take advantage of this opportunity. Provincial Afternoon, or

posted 6:59:09am Oct. 17, 2014 | read full post »

What If You're Too Timid to Be "Bold for Christ"?
I became a Christian at 19. For the first 25 years, I diligently attended church services, which means that I came into regular contact with Christians comfortable in that setting, and for the last eight years, I have been transitioning into a more independent state, finding fellowship with seekers

posted 6:31:09pm Oct. 15, 2014 | read full post »

Why Ordinary Christians Can -- and Should -- Speak up
When you live in a small town with a major employment base being the school district, you're not particularly popular when you speak against the party line. But since the friends you make by constantly agreeing with others aren't real friends, I had no problem writing a letter to the editor against

posted 7:25:14pm Oct. 13, 2014 | read full post »

The Discipline of God
Discipline is an ambiguous word, easily misunderstood because its two major applications are so at variance with one another. In a good sense, discipline is what athletes do -- training their bodies to achieve top performance through practice, hard work, persistence, attention to diet and daily

posted 6:50:36pm Oct. 10, 2014 | read full post »

Yes or No: Does God Hear Our Prayers?
We've all had days when we wish that we were back in bed, before we even climb out of it. Not long ago, I faced a situation -- not a major one, but not so minor that it wouldn't add its weight of stress -- that looked like it would be either A) very bad or B) not particularly good. [caption i

posted 8:03:00pm Oct. 08, 2014 | read full post »


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