Don’t Go Changing

  “Where have you been?” Jess opened the door for Chad. “On my way home from work I stopped at Replete Christian Bookstore. I bought a bunch of books that are going to change everything.” Chad set the bag on the dining room table. “Wow, a lot of books. I hope the change pays for…

How Can I Be Sure?

  Thomas found Harking Café and went in. He found Julia at a table eating a salad as big as her head. He sat down and, as usual, waited for her to begin the conversation. Two hours before Julia had called wanting to talk to her childhood friend Thomas about her Jeffery. Julia, her mouth…

Never My Love

  The first day of Junior High School Darren left his house and found the end of the “stand quietly” line waiting for him. That is where he put the French horn case down. On the walk to school the bell of the case had banged his left leg. The pain in his shin reminded…

What is Faith?

“Let all things be done decently and in order” I Corinthians 14:40   The above verse was repeated so often by my father that it became a joking family rejoinder to whatever was askew at the moment. My Dutch grandparents epitomized the verse. Their tiny two-bedroom bungalow in Bellwood, Illinois was immaculate. The bungalow’s smaller…

Born to Walk Around on Crucifixion Ground

  “Two particular details about Roman crucifixion are of special interest to us in this book. First, it would not be much of an exaggeration to say that Jesus of Nazareth grew up under the shadow of the cross…The Galilee of Jesus’ boyhood, then, all knew about Roman crosses (Antiquities 17.286-98; War 2.66-79)…When he told…