Tag Archive | Love

If I Have Not Love

If I Have Not Love

Every now and then, something comes up in one of my various social circles that makes me think about how we as Christians should behave. Recently, in one of my groups, there has been some really intense discussion on several different topics, from writing to politics to theology and more. And of course, any time […]

The Greatest of These

The Greatest of These

I spent last weekend at the annual Realm Makers conference, the writers’ conference dedicated to people of faith who write speculative fiction. Realm Makers was developed in many ways because us lovers of science fiction and fantasy felt as if we had no place in the Christian marketplace. We were in sort of a no-man’s-land […]

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 […]

Love and the Fruit of the Spirit

Love and the Fruit of the Spirit

The first Fruit of the Spirit is love.  Love is a complex word–a characteristic, an emotion, a choice. So, what to write about? In my research on love, it made perfect sense to refer to one of my favorite chapters in the Bible: 1 Corinthians 13.  You can read familiar verses over and over again, […]

Lights of Hope

“Lights of Hope” by Kat Heckenbach I was diagnosed with cancer in October of 2004, which meant my treatment fell smack across the month of December. Chemo for Christmas was not something I looked forward to. I prayed every day that Christmas would not be ruined by my illness and treatment. With two small children, […]

Agency & the Checkout Trap

Agency & the Checkout Trap

Sometimes it’s tempting to hate agency. One of those times is the checkout aisle. Racks of chocolate, gum, ring pops ad nauseum. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t fall for them … (well, okay maybe on a rare occasion), but rarely do I shop without all five kids under age 10. You get good at […]

How Do We Use Prayer?

How Do We Use Prayer?

You will, no doubt, hear that the prayers of the Saints have tremendous power. I agree with this wholeheartedly. But that is not what I question today. No, I question how we use prayer and why many non-believers find it offensive to be prayed for. What? People don’t like prayer?  Seriously, I would not lie. […]