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Best Books: Trailon Johnson

March 24, 2017

Hear the Word behind the words… Christianity isn’t a science. There are no secret formulas for spiritual success, no laws which drive predictable patterns of spiritual formation, no axioms upon which spiritual maturity can be assured. Even the Scriptures defy our impulses to turn it into a textbook. Our faith is perplexing and mysterious, much …

Best Books: Sanctuary Christian Books and Gifts

February 23, 2017

Are We Ready? Preparing for Easter, C. S. Lewis I’m pretty sure that if I’d met John the Baptist on the banks of the Jordan River, I would have dismissed him as a deranged zealot. Sensing my lack of enthusiasm for his style and lack of decorum, he would, no doubt, have pointed one of …

Best Books: Melissa Ohden

January 25, 2017

You Carried Me Last year, on a sunny day in May, Melissa Ohden left her church thinking of a scripture she had heard at Mass that morning. Based on Romans 5:5, Paul asserts that “hope does not disappoint.”  In a world jaded by cynicism, strife, and despair, Paul’s words may seem like wishful thinking. The …

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December 28, 2016

Award Winning Alabama Author Releases The Silent Songbird The creation of an imaginative story is an inherently spiritual exercise. It is one of the marks of the imago Deo, the image of God stamped upon humanity. Whether it’s a talking snake in a garden, a merchant who finds a pearl of great price, or a …

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November 24, 2016

Hidden Christmas I know people who think the end is near. They are convinced the world is collapsing into an apocalyptic abyss and the world’s final days are upon us. Some of them believe that Jesus will come a second time and rescue them. Others are not sure and are bracing themselves for the darkness …

Best Books: Falling Free

October 26, 2016

Falling Free Following Jesus can lead to forms of ruination. The abundant life Jesus promised has nothing to do with a nice house, financial security, or respectable social status. Since these things are unimportant to God, they should not be important to us. Unfortunately, they are. When the cost of discipleship requires sacrifice, when bank …

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September 26, 2016

Punching Holes in the Dark I often feel the need to apologize to God, for surely I am a man of inexcusably small faith. I am too prone to stress over the darkness in this world, too susceptible to waves of despair over the depths of cruelty humanity can sink to, and far too inclined to …

God Can Restore Struggling Marriages

September 24, 2016

Newly released 30 Days of Hope for Hurting Marriages is filled with honest reflections from a Birmingham couple’s own marriage and near divorce. Each devotion contains Scripture, questions to consider and discuss, and a glimpse into the emotions couples may experience during crisis. Written by husband and wife Randy and Melody Hemphill, the devotional is …

Best Books: Executing Grace

September 15, 2016

Bad theology can get people killed. I know this because I live in the state of Alabama. No, our state has not been attacked by terrorists motivated by a twisted religious ideology. But right here in the Bible belt, in a region that has multiple churches in every neighborhood, the State of Alabama recently took …

Back to School from a Mom Perspective

August 26, 2016

My husband calls me a “schoolie.” I loved being a student, I loved being a teacher… I would go get another degree right now. Post-grad school I taught tenth grade at Briarwood Christian School, and after some settling in, found the job to be a source of great joy. My days were filled with hilarious …