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When ‘a Future with Hope’ Fades

When ‘a Future with Hope’ Fades

A friend who’s in the midst of a dreadful situation admitted that Jeremiah 29:11, a verse she had clung to in her youth, now seemed unbelievable. For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.—Jeremiah 29:11 […]

This Is Not a Penguin 

This Is Not a Penguin 

This is not a penguin. It’s a duck. And no amount of arguing can get my seven-year-old to say otherwise. There’s that old adage, “if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, swims like a duck…” This little guy has feathers, waddles, and he’s an aquatic bird. But he’s not a duck. And if […]

NAF: Year Five

NAF: Year Five

It’s hard to believe, but we’ve been at this blogging thing for five years now. Sometimes it seems like a lot longer. Sometimes it feels like we’re just getting started. For those who are new to NAF, let me recap. This site is the brainchild of Keven Newsome. Here’s how he described the formation of […]

On the Feast of Stephen

On the Feast of Stephen

Good King Wenceslas looked out, on the Feast of Stephen, When the snow lay round about, deep and crisp and even Most of us in the Protestant tradition have long ignored Saint Stephen’s feast day. It’s today, December 26. We do remember Stephen himself, of course. He’s first mentioned in Acts 6:5, when he is […]

So What’s So Horribly Horrible About …THAT…

So What’s So Horribly Horrible About …THAT…

Guest Blogger: H.G. Ferguson It’s October, that time again. Again, Halloween looms. It is also a time when TV is stuffed with various and sundry offerings of such a nature that many, if not most, Christians shun them as they would a Black Mass. I refer of course to the horror film (and TV), which […]

Why Alara’s Redeemer Is a Woman

Why Alara’s Redeemer Is a Woman

I’ve started pitching Alara’s Call this way: It’s about a clergywoman who becomes a prophet. She’s called to prophesy to world leaders, starting with her father, about how God expects Her people to be governed. More than half the time, that “Her people” gets totally ignored. Either people think it refers to Alara, or they’re […]

“Tha-Reee!”

“Tha-Reee!”

Guest Blogger: Angie Brashear In recent weeks my sons have spent their evenings watching the NBA Finals, energetically cheering on the San Antonio Spurs. Most game nights, their animated antics interrupted me as I attempted to prepare for the release of my debut novel, Of the Persecuted. But it was difficult to get irritated with […]