Hospitality is one Christmas Tradition we cannot let disappear

We recently had two families over for a Christmas dinner and cookie making session. Though Christmas is such a busy time of year, I so want to be deliberate about inviting people into our home for fellowship as a way of maintaining traditions, and maybe establishing...

Parents Addicted to Technology: Guilty as charged

The other night after dinner when all the kids scattered in their various directions, I grabbed my cell phone to do a quick check of email. One email sends me to a website and that website sends me to twitter which sends me to another website and then of course, I...

Writers Connection Thursday May 15, 2014 features Marc Schleske

We start up again this month for Writers Connection Thursday May 15 at 7 pm featuring Marc Schelske  as our speaker. Marc joined us for the first time at the 2014 Faith & Culture Writer’s conference. He says it “was on a whim, egged on by a friend.”...

Converted? – Tom Krattenmaker’s new book challenges secular progressives to rethink their view of Evangelical Christians – The Oregonian story

(Published in the print edition of the Dec. 15, 2013 The Oregonian, A & E section/Book section and online Dec. 11, 2013 – Tom Krattenmaker Story Oregonlive Books Link) Tom Krattenmaker at Urban Grind, the Portland coffee house where he wrote much of his...

Sarah on her mom: “My beautiful mother, friend and role model…departed for Heaven”

My daughter Rachel emailed me from Tanzania asking if I had heard about Sarah and Michael’s mom, Kathy Bernert.   Heard what? I wondered, already fearing the worst.   Knots starting tying up in my stomach.   Sarah and Michael’s mom, Kathleen Carol Bernert, 51, had...

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