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Thanksgiving Grief

Thanksgiving Grief

“There is a picture-postcard myth that we all see everywhere we look – that everyone is going to be sitting down at the dining room table with the traditional family dinner,” says Dr. John Oldham of The Menninger Clinic in Houston. “That’s not going to be the case for...

Running Keeps Body and Soul Together

Running Keeps Body and Soul Together

The 47th Marine Corps Marathon was run on Sunday, October 30, and the 51st running of the New York City Marathon was held on Sunday, November 6. Two amazing events, with routes around the monuments of Washington, DC, and through the five boroughs of New York City....

Spirituality and Halloween

Spirituality and Halloween

In my novel Windows of the Heavens, a Methodist pastor named Harley Camden visited a Mexican restaurant called La Casa Blanca, in Lorton, Virginia. It was Halloween, and his waitress was Miranda Weiss. Both were single, and they had developed a friendship over the...

Wreckage on a Staggering Scale

Wreckage on a Staggering Scale

Hurricane Ian delivered a devastating blow to southwestern Florida in late September, leaving people without electricity, drinking water, or habitable homes. Governor Ron DeSantis said that there had been a “biblical” storm surge on Sanibel Island, a tourist area...

It Could Happen Here

It Could Happen Here

Rain pounded on the roof of Harley Camden’s house, banged on the windows, and rattled down the gutters, all through the night. The cascading water provided the soundtrack for a vivid dream, one in which three women were standing around a huge iron cauldron at the...

The War Against Witches

The War Against Witches

WitchsFest USA was a street fair held in New York City's West Village in July. In attendance were pagans and witches, as well as Christian protesters and street preachers. “There were about 30 [evangelists] this year,” said Starr RavenHawk to The Washington Post. She...

Garnet God

Garnet God

A gray rock outcrop stands in the hills of northern Connecticut, according to Yale Alumni Magazine. I thought of these rocks as my wife and I drove through Connecticut just a few weeks ago, as we headed to Maine for vacation. Looking at these rocks today,...

When the Heavens Open

When the Heavens Open

“Everybody’s come together and just done what we have to do to support each other,” said Kayla Slone to CNN, after eastern Tennessee was recently hit by a devastating flood. “That’s just what we do.” Slone has delivered home-cooked meals to people displaced by the...

Faith and Fitness

Faith and Fitness

As a teenager, Phanta Lansden battled obesity, anxiety, and self-doubt. She was bullied because of her weight. By the time she reached her mid-20s, she weighed almost 300 pounds. Later, as senior pastor of St. James Presbyterian Church in Greensboro, North Carolina,...

Sleepwalking to Catastrophe

Sleepwalking to Catastrophe

In March, the head of the United Nations announced that the world's efforts to combat global warming have been insufficient. U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres said, "We are sleepwalking to climate catastrophe.”   Climate experts say that limiting...

Remembering a Fifty-Year Flood

Remembering a Fifty-Year Flood

Meteorologists use statistical measures to rate rare storms. According to The Baltimore Sun, a "100-year flood means that there is one chance in 100 of a flood or storm in a year. A 500-year flood means there is a 0.2 percent chance." Not that these numbers guarantee...

Hamburgers and Climate Change

Hamburgers and Climate Change

‘We are going to be eating the rainforest in our burgers," said a scientist named Holly Gibbs. "This is our moment as Americans to step forward and leverage some pressure to save the world." According to The Washington Post, forest advocates are convinced that...