Culture

December 08 2014

7 Years a Gentile

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I suspect that the only difference between an expat and an immigrant is the amount of money a person brings with her into her adopted country… and I’m not entirely sure which one this makes …

Be Not Conformed To This World

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I am standing in the yard with a rake in my hands when I feel the circle of the year begin to tie itself up with a neatly finished knot. Since moving to this old farmhouse …

Church

December 03 2014

What God Doesn’t Plan

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I’m surrounded by college students every day at a local café. There’s something different about them, even if they generally behave just as you would expect college students to behave: loud conversations on their phones, …

Culture

December 03 2014

strangers in a strange land

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Caesar's imperial census compelled Mary and Joseph to the pilgrims' path, far from home for their son's birth to a world brimful of heartache and cruelty. King Herod's murderous edict set the young family fleeing …

A Single Parent Christmas

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When my daughter was two, just months after the ink was dripped onto divorce papers and our home was quieted down after years of chaos, I faced my first Christmas as a single mother. I …

Because the Moon Can See the Sun (And Other Reasons Not To Be Afraid)

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"Mommy, is the moon on fire, like the sun?" That's my middle daughter, talking. "Nope. It's just a big rock." We're on the way to the bathroom, as we always are at bedtime. We live in …

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