SECOND CHANCES

SECOND CHANCES

I had seen her before. A young teenager, either socially awkward or a bit developmentally slow. But now we are in the locker room and she comments about how tricky it is to put on her swimsuit. I offer to snap it in the back and she relinquishes the straps. I struggle...
THE LESSON OF THE LETTERS

THE LESSON OF THE LETTERS

Razorblade in hand, Michael diligently scraped the lettering off the front window. As he did, the orange and brown logo that had graced the front entry of the church for nearly 10 years spilled to the ground. “You should take a picture,” someone offered....
LESSON FROM THE CHURCH IN A BOX

LESSON FROM THE CHURCH IN A BOX

On Sunday, I was resting in a chair in the back alley, standing guard over a load or two of the church’s belongings while several peeps were unloading cars and trucks at our new storage unit. While I was waiting, a text came in with a picture of our folding...
BEYOND THE FANFARE

BEYOND THE FANFARE

He stood on the concrete floor, staring into the store. At times he shifted his gaze as he paced in front of the glass windows. The pattern broke as he occasionally looked over his right shoulder, then his left as shoppers passed by behind him. The ritual went on for...
MAKING A FRESH START WITH GOD

MAKING A FRESH START WITH GOD

Editor’s Note:Today we enter a new Bible-reading journey together for 2019. Below is a terrific article  offering several suggestions on how to approach our devotional life.  Enjoy! Pastor Lori Three shifts that can make all the difference By Jared C. Wilson If...