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On Writing a Book About My Late Husband’s Dementia

[Carol Noren Johnson gives a glimpse of what it’s like to write and then publish a book on marriage, dementia, loss, grief, hope and prayer.] During the illness of my late husband, Herb Johnson, I kept a blog of what … Continue reading

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Men and Women: a false gender dichotomy of being rational and emotional

People are emotional beings. Yet when it comes to classifying men and women it comes across differently, as Erica Limkeman recently observed: Isn’t it telling that being “emotional” is considered a feminine quality and is frowned upon, whereas men are … Continue reading

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That Time I Chose a Church My Friends Wouldn’t Approve Of

[Today’s guest post is from Jeanette Hanscome, who writes of the powerful blessings God delivers when women and men engage in the pastoral work God has prepared for them.] I sat in church getting so much out of the sermon … Continue reading

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The Irony of Joseph’s Slaves – reducing people to poverty is never good

In moving from Genesis to Exodus, a reader might note some irony. This particular narrative thread starts with Joseph and finds its ironic twist in the time of Moses. Joseph’s Slave Experience In Genesis 37, Joseph’s brother had had about … Continue reading

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Writing the Blog People Can’t Wait to Read

When Susy Flory, Director of West Coast Christian Writers, asked me to speak on blogging at the 2019 conference, she gave me the session title Writing the Blog People Can’t Wait to Read. I wasn’t going to quibble over the … Continue reading

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Naming Rights – When Meaning and Metaphor Meet Reality

[Today’s guest post is from Lewis Seaton.] What’s in a name? To hear Juliet tell it, a name has no significance. It doesn’t mean a thing. But then again, who is Juliet? Just a character in another play written by … Continue reading

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Treating Women as People Does Not Depend on Their Relationship to Men

Our expectations for how men should treat women are often stated in the negative — don’t abuse; don’t oppress; don’t sexually assault. These are obvious, bare minimum standards for male behavior that shouldn’t have to be stated, but here we … Continue reading

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Lent Isn’t for Everyone – knowing when to give up on self-deprivation

Lent isn’t for everyone. There are people who have lived with deprivation their whole lives, forced deprivation where someone has told them they’re worthless, and anything they’ve ever gained has been snatched from them because they’re told they’re underserving of … Continue reading

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The Day You Shared Your Umbrella

[Today’s guest post is from Cori Lynn, who writes of the benefits of not having your own umbrella.] It was a rainy afternoon at the West Coast Christian Writers Conference when I shared an umbrella with Robin Jones Gunn. In … Continue reading

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My High School Science Teacher Let Me Watch Game Shows for Homework

At 7:00 every weekday night the game shows came on. Not the same game show. Every night it was different. I watched them all. Game Show Science Beverly Kong taught biology at Oceana High School. She was quiet, small, and … Continue reading

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