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Agents of Peace & Grace

February 23, 2019

Best Books Jesus is not, nor has he ever been, primarily interested in getting people saved. Salvation is but a first step, a means to a desired end. What was Jesus interested in? Discipleship. A thoughtful reading of the great commission reveals that Jesus is interested in creating a people who follow his teachings, not …

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Frederick Douglass, Prophet of Freedom

January 23, 2019

Best Books Historian David W. Blight’s biography, Frederick Douglass, Prophet of Freedom (Simon and Shuster), has captured the attention of the literary world. It is, in my assessment, simply superb. Douglass was one of the great Americans of the nineteenth century, and Blight has given us a biography worthy of such greatness. As a young, …

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Let Your Light Shine Through Prayer

December 26, 2018

Special Feature Let your light shine.  That’s a snippet of Matthew 5:16, and it’s the theme verse for this year’s Legacy League Scholarship Luncheon at Samford University. And while there are countless ways we can live out this charge—ways we can let our light shine, reflecting the light of God’s love—one of my favorites is …

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All That’s Good by Hannah Anderson

December 21, 2018

Best Books All That’s Good Frederick Douglas once wrote that his thoughts of America sometimes moved from rapture and joy to mourning and loathing. His assessment of society should resonate with every person of faith, for our world is filled with both virtue and evil, the lovely and the hideous. If we are not careful …

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Stories Behind the Great Traditions of Christmas

November 24, 2018

Best Books  I have always been fascinated by trivia. I love to discover an obscure detail of history which explains why things are the way they are, or an odd fact that seems so counter-intuitive that it’s often met with incredulity. Trivia, by definition, is information that is not inherently important. The value of such …

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Give the Gift of God’s Word

October 26, 2018

Cool Stuff To get the whole family engaged in God’s Word, consider an Advent devotional time each day. The staff at Briarwood Christian Bookstore highly recommends, Little Hearts, Prepare Him Room, An Advent Devotional That Grows with Your Familyby Holly Mackle. Both content and reflection questions are designed to address what God says about us …

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The Improbable Love Story of Joy Davidman & C. S. Lewis

October 23, 2018

Best Books Her name was Helen and she was brilliant. She graduated from high school at age fourteen and earned a master’s degree from Columbia University by the time she was twenty. Raised in a secular Jewish home, she was an atheist for much of her life. She won awards for her poetry and joined …

The Remedy for our Money Problems

September 25, 2018

Best Books In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus makes a statement that stands in complete opposition to one of our society’s most entrenched values. Surprisingly, it has nothing to do with marriage, the sanctity of life, or even immoral conduct. “No one can serve two masters,” he said. “For either he will love the one …

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Artwork & Stories Woven with Grace

September 17, 2018

Best Books If you have a love for art and an inspiring story, you are in for a special treat when you pick up artist and author Jane Lazenby’s new book, Expressions- Artwork & Stories Woven with Grace. It is a narrative of pain and process, of beauty and beholding.The coffee table style book is filled …

Forgiving God: A Story of Faith

August 23, 2018

Best Books Hilary Yancey is a young lady who lives in Waco, Texas. She is a petite student of philosophy, wears glasses, and looks perfectly harmless. But in the kingdom of God weakness is power, and Hilary’s writing is powerful indeed. In her latest book, Forgiving God (Faith Words), Hilary shares her spiritual journey surrounding …