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A Dream Too Big

July 29, 2019

Best Books Caylin Louis Moore was a child of Compton, a city well-known for poverty, gangs, and crime. His single mother shared a bed with Moore and his two siblings. The plumbing was broken, rodents scampered behind the walls and hunger was a constant affliction. The sound of gunfire was a nightly event and gang …

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An Unexpected Turn: Just Chill by Ace McKay

July 29, 2019

Best Books It started as a journal. Ace McKay never planned for his thoughts and prayers to transform into a book titled, Just Chill. McKay is a native of Birmingham and a graduate of the University of Montevallo. “While I was at Montevallo, I started working in radio and that is when I got the …

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Called to Forgive

June 24, 2019

Best Books On the evening of June 17, 2015, Myra Thompson led a Wednesday night Bible study in the basement of her historic Charleston church. As a newly licensed minister, this was the first time she would lead the class. While reading a passage from Mark’s Gospel about the parable of the sower, a young …

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Ducky Dynasty’s Phil Robertson on Faith, Family & Fatherhood

May 28, 2019

Since the final season of  Duck Dynasty aired three years ago, family patriarch Phil Robertson has been shocked by the number of people still hoping for a taste of West Monroe, Louisiana preaching and an Ouiachita River baptism. When fans find him (and find him, they do), he invites them for a meal and then uses …

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4 Great Summer Reads

May 24, 2019

Best Books Summer reading lists are not just for the kids! Long flights, beach trips, car rides, and mountain vacations all call for a stack of books. I always love to hear what people are reading during their spare time. Here are my top 4 picks for this summer’s bookshelf: With This Pledge by Tamera …

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When I Pray for You

May 24, 2019

Best Books Once upon a time, long, long ago, children were brought before a rabbi to be blessed. His followers were aghast, for surely their teacher had more important things to do. He had sermons to proclaim, blind folk to cure, and oppressed souls to deliver. After his followers rebuked the parents for their impertinence, …

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Every Moment Holy

April 24, 2019

Best Books An ancient Hebrew writer once proclaimed that the earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof. Every valley and every hill, every city and every landfill belong to God. There is no place where God is absent, which means that every inch of the universe is graced by God’s presence and is inherently …

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3 (Surprising) Ways to Jumpstart Your Prayer Life

March 23, 2019

Special Feature A few years ago, my prayer life got stuck. Really stuck! Though I’d often struggled to make prayer a regular part of my day, this was different. This time I found myself unable to even find words to express myself to God, and He felt so distant I wondered, “what’s the use of …

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The Women of Easter 

March 23, 2019

Best Books The first person to preach an Easter sermon was a former demoniac. If that isn’t scandalous enough, the aforementioned host of seven demons was also, dare I say it…a woman. Mary Magdalene has a powerful, yet mysterious presence in the gospel narratives. While most of the disciples were cowering in fear and hiding …

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C.S. Lewis Onstage!

March 16, 2019

City Scene Enjoy a one night only performance of C.S. Lewis Onstage: The Most Reluctant Convert. Award-winning actor Max McLean presents this highly-acclaimed theatrical portrayal of Lewis’ journey from atheism to faith Sunday April 14, 2019 at 4 p.m. at the BJCC Concert Hall. Theater Maniasays McLean delivers an “uncannily spot-on performance!” The Chicago SunTimes calls …