Tuiningas in Uganda: Surprised by joy

Reading about third-world challenges the Eric & Dianna Tuininga family face as missionaries in Uganda put one’s first-world problems into perspective. Three days without water would be a crisis in any North American town, but the Tuiningas recently went without city water for three weeks. They once had no power for two weeks. Water and … Continue reading Tuiningas in Uganda: Surprised by joy

Providence in action

Earlier this year, I interviewed Uriah Courtney for an article that appeared in the June 25 issue of Christian Renewal. We communicated via email and that article about Uriah's wrongful conviction and his extraordinary exoneration is posted here. Soon after we finished our interview process, I felt burdened by a desire to spread Uriah's amazing story to a … Continue reading Providence in action

Where can we find atonement?

Storyteller Susan R. Lawrence portrays biblical and historical characters in engrossing presentations; she also writes engaging novels. She's a retired special education teacher who has published two family devotionals, contributed to three anthologies, and written many articles for various Christian publications. Today Glenda Mathes interviews her in connection with the current launch of her new novel … Continue reading Where can we find atonement?

God’s work in Illiana

Late Saturday night I returned from a five-day speaking trip in Illinois and Indiana. Since then I've been decompressing and processing. My mind churns with memories and images that are difficult to distill. One thing I know: God's Spirit amazed me over and over! He equipped introverted-homebody me, who hadn't been able to prepare as … Continue reading God’s work in Illiana

Growing grace

Two recent blog posts worth sharing both address the idea of growing grace. Jared C. Wilson writes succinctly and precisely on his blog at The Gospel Coalition site about Cultivating a Gracious Climate in Your Church. His article is, without a doubt, the best out of my copious reading on the subject. And David Murray, over … Continue reading Growing grace

“Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and Me: A memoir…of sorts” by Ian Cron (book review)

Whose interest would not be piqued by Ian Morgan Cron 's uniquely titled Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and Me: A memoir…of sorts? Once you’ve read this gritty literary work, you realize how aptly that title captures content. Jesus is the primary mover in a memoir that describes the author’s lack of a relationship with … Continue reading “Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and Me: A memoir…of sorts” by Ian Cron (book review)