Look at Our God

We shout!  Say “Wow!” (WOW!) Look at our God! Look at our God! It’s VBS week at Christ Fellowship, and you know what that means.  Okay, maybe you don’t.  Stir together a whole lot of excitement, blend with a huge dose of creativity, and throw in a few hundred volunteers.  Spread throughout the entire church … [Read more…]

Book Review: You Herd Me!

…and now for something COMPLETELY different. I’m not usually a fan of nonfiction.  Matt bought me a book on Terry Francona for my birthday one year.  I have to dust it off every so often…like, literally.  With a dustcloth.  We purchased a whole set of books on marriage when we were newlyweds.  They’ve looked terrific … [Read more…]

Thanks, Dad

A longtime friend and I were catching up recently.  He shared with me that his father had recently passed away, a man I knew only briefly but definitely someone I would characterize as “one of the good guys.”  Having lost my own father, I can empathize with his deep sadness and sense of loss as … [Read more…]

Book Review: Jacob’s Oath

This is the summer of the the new arrivals.  Here is another gem I discovered in those lovely bookshelves at the front of the library, those shelves that allowed me to avoid climbing the staircase only a couple weeks after my knee surgery.  Yay for new arrivals! It seems as though I am drawn to … [Read more…]

Book Review: The Nightspinners

Remember my last post about popcorn books?  And how Girl Soldier was definitely NOT a popcorn book?  Well, guess what?  This one is.  In fact, if you look in the dictionary under the phrase “popcorn book” you’ll see this picture. This book was a real change of pace for me, a sort of supernatural thriller.  … [Read more…]

Book Review: Girl Soldier

Some books are what I call “popcorn books”.  You sit down with a bag of freshly-popped Orville Reddenbacher’s and one of those books and before you know it, you’ve not only polished off an entire bag of popcorn, but also a few hundred pages of brain candy. Let me be very clear about this: Girl … [Read more…]

A Divine Sing-along

“Dear Jesus, thank you for mommy and daddy and thank you for everything… …and thank you for singing with us today.” The words caught me totally off-guard.  Thank you for singing with us today. Spoken innocently, but sincerely.  Heartfelt and genuine.  And with full conviction.  Jesus sang with us today. I had just finished a … [Read more…]

Book Review: Trains and Lovers

Never judge  a book by it’s cover. Or by its title. By all accounts, this is a cheesy book, with a cheesy title, written over cheesy cover art, containing with a cheesy plot line.  But the moment you read the first line, you realize this cheese is not at all what you expected: a gourmet … [Read more…]

A Tale of Two Fathers

This is a story of two fathers.  They were both from the same family, and in many ways were very much like each other.  They both loved God deeply, their wives completely, their children wholeheartedly.  They both worked tirelessly in their chosen vocations, lived lives of integrity and constancy of character, and gathered excellent reputations.  … [Read more…]

Book Review: The Racketeer

I’m not a detective, nor do I play one on tv.  But I do enjoy a good game of cat-and-mouse, as long as I’m a spectator and not playing the role of either cat or mouse.  Sometimes, I’ve been known to figure out the “whodunit?” before the big reveal. In The Racketeer, John Grisham returns … [Read more…]