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The Miracle of Divine Inspiration

By Ken Walker – Only those who have juggled multiple writing and editing projects on deadline can appreciate the kick in the gut I felt recently when an editor kicked back a devotional I had written. He said it didn’t quite fit theme and he wanted a new version. At the time, I was behind…
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Helping Flood Victims Far From Home

Between nationally-known ministry leaders who have dropped like bowling pins of late, diminished societal influence, and falling attendance, one could easily despair about the state of the modern church. Which is why it was so good to be part of the congregation at a recent classical guitar performance at Missio Dei Church in Huntington, West…
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Cheering for Local Jeopardy Champ

In a world with more scripted series than anyone can fathom and so many streaming options services appear to be cannibalizing each other, there isn’t much common currency in TV viewing. Unless it’s a show like Jeopardy, which the New York Times says is among the most popular on television, outside of sports programming. So,…
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July 4 Marks the Freedom to Celebrate

The United States will soon celebrate its 248th birthday. Judging by the feverish war protests, political dissension, and other kerfuffles erupting by the week, it appears not everyone is happy about the occasion. The bitter critics accuse the nation of crimes galore. Yet no better reason to celebrate our freedom exists than this story I…
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Graduating to New Dreams

It’s that time of year when graduation season is in full bloom, with some ceremonies still to come. Having attended a commencement in late May in New York, I share the optimism that so often bursts forth amid the pomp and circumstance. Not all senior citizens have the same kind of enthusiasm, especially those who…
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Grassroots Novelist Keeps Dream Alive

Were we in the “good old days” of Christian retailing, right now booksellers, publishers, authors, agents and others would be preparing for the annual International Christian Retailing Show (ICRS) in early July at a major convention center. Crowds of 12,000 to 15,000 would be expected, a magnet for national media coverage and book signings by…
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The Baxters Reflect Reality for Many

Despite her status as a New York Times bestselling author with scads of fans that I assume run into the millions, I have never read a Karen Kingsbury novel. Still, the name is familiar to most folks in the Christian products industry. So when I saw a magazine story recently about the Amazon Prime series…
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When Social Media Becomes Fatal

A woman my wife and I know was ready to hop on a plane recently to visit her brother, whom she had been unable to reach via phone or text. Her concern stemmed from news he had placed on social media about having cancer. She was determined to find out what in the world was…
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Pilgrim’s Progress Timeless Tale

Many years ago, an acquaintance gave me a copy of Foxe’s Book of Martyrs, a history of the persecution of Protestants that dates back to 1563. The fact that a book published more than 460 years ago remains in print is testimony to its impact. However, just a few pages into the first chapter, I…
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Mandisa: A Lost Treasure

I never knew Mandisa, the talented and yet troubled singer who fought numerous battles before apparently succumbing to them in mid-April, when she was found dead at her Nashville home. (Her father blames it on Covid.) I was a latecomer to her fan club, only relatively recently hearing “Overcomer,” the title track of her 2014…
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Voting is a Precious Rite

Years ago, I talked with a businessman from California who had been through all kinds of agony with his daughter. After she got hooked on heroin, it took several trips through drug rehabilitation to get her free. Describing some of the challenges he had endured, he asked, “Do you know how to tell if a…
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