One Degree of Freedom

One Degree of Freedom

Fifteen-year-old Adriana Nicu lives in the sheltered world of Bucharest, Romania, in the year 1987. Under the rule of Communist president Nicolae Ceaușescu, citizens of Bucharest live with the eyes and ears of the government ever present. Adriana’s future, which will...
Our Holy Artist

Our Holy Artist

The Holy Spirit is the member of the Triune God whose role is hardest to define. Can it be that part of his job description includes creating art? He convicts us of sin, guides us into truth, draws us toward Christ, transforms us, and hides the Word in our hearts. He...
The Flawed Women in Jesus’ Genealogy

The Flawed Women in Jesus’ Genealogy

The women who were Jesus’ great-great-great-ancestors had issues. Their problems might not necessarily qualify them as bad (as in Liz Curtis Higgs’ Bad Girls of the Bible) or even lost (Lost Women of the Bible by Carolyn Custis James), but they had their shortcomings....
Not Wrong, Just Different

Not Wrong, Just Different

Before I moved overseas as a missionary, I learned a phrase guaranteed to help with those inevitable collisions with my new culture and the way they did things. “It’s not wrong. It’s just different.” That one-size-fits-all saying worked for everything. I whipped it...
Learning Gratitude

Learning Gratitude

I sat at my laptop, thinking about the many ways I’ve changed by looking at the world through cultural lenses. One thing’s for sure: I couldn’t remain the same. I’ve experienced love from people who valued relationship over agenda, who wouldn’t hesitate to give up...

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