Tag Archives: Editor’s Introduction

  • 01.Magical.season

    Magical season

    A few years ago, a very talented friend of mine spent untold hours building a wonderfully intricate Christmas model out of salt dough. The centerpiece was the stable, but the scene stretched well beyond that, deep into Bethlehem and the surrounding countryside. The buildings were painted, the streets were strewn with very fine gravel, there […]

  • 01.right.choice

    The right choice

    At two years of age, my daughter Audrey has entered the delightful world of making choices—and making them known, usually, it seems, as loudly and emphatically as possible! Tantrums aside, I’m glad that she’s learning to exercise her free will, and it’s interesting to watch her learn about various choice options. In life, making the […]

  • light.in.dark.places

    Light in dark places

    In The Fellowship of the Ring,1 the elven “Lady of Light” Galadriel presents Frodo with a crystal phial containing the light of Eärendil’s star. “It will shine brighter when night is about you,” she promises; and sure enough, over the course of their quest, Frodo and Sam use the light on a number of occasions […]

  • 01.finding.heroes

    Finding heroes

    I love to hear about heroes, and I don’t think I’m alone in this. Ever since an unknown Mesopotamian author thought up Gilgamesh’s quests, or Homer sang of Achilles’ war exploits and Ulysses’ odyssey to get home, people have been inspired and thrilled by the adventures, bravery, and wisdom of great champions. Others, such as […]

  • 01.help.trouble.time

    Help in troubled times

    One of the challenging aspects of Christian life is the fact that becoming a follower of Jesus does not make us immune to life’s trials and tribulations. We know that God is love,1 yet even those who have faith in Him still suffer disease, injury, financial hardships, worry, fear, and death just like everyone else. […]

  • 01-Pursuing.Happiness-dreamstime_3180011

    Pursuing Happiness

    “Do you want to be happy?” The splash on a magazine cover caught my eye and made me chuckle. Surely everyone wants to be happy; and you’d think that after millennia of philosophers and theologians tackling the problem—not to mention the self-help books and articles published every year on the topic—we’d have figured out the […]

  • 01-Friendly.With.God

    Friendly with God

    I think most parents would agree that the highest hopes we have for our children are for their health and happiness. Recently, I’ve been wondering if there was something more specific that I could be asking God for on my daughter Audrey’s behalf, and I considered praying for her future success. It seemed like a […]

  • 01-Finding.God

    Finding God

    Trying to describe God can be a challenging prospect. There are so many sides to His personality, and He’s so much greater and more profound than we’ll ever be able to grasp. Besides, each of us is at a different stage in our personal growth, and our relationship with God changes over the years. For […]

  • overcoming-crises

    Overcoming crises

    Are you worried about your future and that of your loved ones? Does it feel like your world recently came crashing down around you? Do you feel helpless, depressed, isolated, or lonely? If so, you’re not alone. Unfortunately, these are challenges that people all over the world are confronted with. And the gospels tell us […]

  • 01-Finding.Meaning

    Finding Meaning

    One of the central questions that philosophers and theologians have struggled with for millennia is the mystery of what gives life meaning. Everyone wants to be happy and fulfilled, but how can we tell what true happiness is and where it comes from? The ancient Greeks believed that the source of happiness was internal and […]

  • 01-Being.A.Friend

    Being a Friend

    When Jesus told His disciples, “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends,”1 He was literally describing His upcoming death on the cross to save humanity. The subsequent events proved that He was willing to give up everything for us, His friends. Jesus’ love is perfect and His friendship […]

  • 01-New.Beginnings

    New Beginnings

    The new year is a good time to take stock of what we’ve accomplished over the past 12 months, to thank God for the blessings He’s brought our way, and to open our hearts and minds in anticipation of all that is to come in the year ahead. Many people also take advantage of the […]