Author Ava Pennington
Author Ava Pennington
The Rise and Fall of Nations

The Rise and Fall of Nations

The Rise and Fall of Nations   It’s been happening for millennia. Countries grow into empires with increasing power reaching far beyond their original borders. But sooner or later each is replaced with another empire, bigger, stronger, and fiercer in their...

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Do You Use Ad Hominem Arguments ?

Do You Use Ad Hominem Arguments ?

Do You Use Ad Hominem Arguments?   Unless you recently landed on earth from Mars, you know we’re at the height (depth?) of a presidential election season. The United States is a divided nation and the situation will not improve in the next five weeks. Half of the...

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How We Remember the Past Shapes Our Future

How We Remember the Past Shapes Our Future

How We Remember the Past Shapes Our Future   Remembering has been getting more difficult these days. I’m not talking about remembering where I put my car keys (on the seat of my car) or where I placed my eyeglasses (on top of my head). Rather, I’m talking about...

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Find and Do the Next Right Thing

Find and Do the Next Right Thing

  Find and Do the Next Right Thing   I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for Peter. Peter: the impulsive, well-meaning disciple who wanted to do the right thing. Unfortunately, his propensity for putting his foot in his mouth often got in the way. I know...

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Be the Change the World Needs

Be the Change the World Needs

  Be the Change   Our world is changing at breakneck speed. And most, if not all of us, have been affected in ways large and small. Isolation due to a pandemic. Raw emotions in response to the ugliness of racism. Predictions of murder hornets, cicada...

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Ugly, Horrific, Colorblind Sin

Ugly, Horrific, Colorblind Sin

Colorblind sin   Sin is ugly. Horrific. Heartbreaking. And colorblind. It’s not white. It’s not black. The murder of George Floyd by an abusive authority figure is sin. Ugly, gruesome sin. The perpetrator—as well as those who stood by and watched—must be charged,...

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No Apologies for Apologist Ravi Zacharias

No Apologies for Apologist Ravi Zacharias

No Apologies for Apologist Ravi Zacharias   My heart is aching. The world lost a gifted communicator and an intellectual giant this week. Before I delve into who that man is and why he was so amazing, allow me to explain why his death is especially personal for...

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Back to Normal … Or Not?

Back to Normal … Or Not?

Back to Normal ... Or Not?   For years I used to long for the day when life would “get back to normal.” But the older I grew, the more I realized that normal is an illusion. Normal is what we recall when we look back on simpler times, forgetting that even those...

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Give Credit Where Credit Is Due

Give Credit Where Credit Is Due

Give Credit Where Credit is Due   History is repeating itself…again. And no, I’m not referring to the Spanish Flu of 1918 and COVID-19. I’m talking about giving credit where credit is due. On December 2, 2015, a terrorist attack in San Bernardino killed 14 people...

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