Author Ava Pennington
Author Ava Pennington

Why Me? Why Not Me?

Living in Florida, I recently engaged in a stressful dance with Hurricane Dorian. For those who haven’t been following the vagaries of tropical weather, Dorian crossed the Atlantic as a tropical storm that grew into a Category 5 hurricane. With a peak wind speed of...

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Is Peace with the World a Reasonable Goal?

By now you may have heard about Christian celebrities who have either renounced their faith or are in the process of losing their faith. The most recent celebrity to do so is Marty Sampson, a lyricist long associated with Hillsong and whose songs many of us have sung...

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Anniversaries of Grief and a Year of Firsts

Image by Manie Van der Hoven from Pixabay Anniversaries are usually celebrated. They often mark days we want to remember. Days of joy that make us thankful. Birthdays. Wedding anniversaries. Adoption days. But we mark some anniversaries reluctantly. Wishing the day...

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How Well Are You Known?

Twenty years ago, I moved from New York City to a much smaller city in Florida. More of a small town, actually. I welcomed the fresh air, the slower pace, and the improved quality of life. But I also needed to make some adjustments… About a week after our move, after...

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Spiritual, Religious, or Christian?

Is being spiritual the same as being religious? And are either of those the same as being a Christian? A recent Barna Group study, revealed that despite a growing indifference among millennials, they have an openness to different forms of faith-sharing. The Barna...

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Where Do You Belong?

I’ve had some unexpected—and unwanted—visitors this past week. The first occurred when I let the dogs out one evening for their final outing. A tree frog took the opportunity to hop into the house. Let's just say he was not easy to catch. Of course, attempting to...

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What are You Leaning Into?

Ever hear someone refer to God as a crutch? Something only weak people need to lean on to get through life? I’ve always found that argument irrational, all the more so when promoted by people who practically worship rationality. It implies that weakness is the...

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Labels, Identity, & Boxes on a Piece of Paper

Been thinking about labels lately. How we assign them to ourselves and to others. Of all the seasons of my life, junior high school was the most painful. Labels ruled and cliques reigned. You were labeled if you belonged to a group and labeled if you didn’t. Smart....

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What If God Allows It?

It’s hurricane season in Florida. With every new tropical disturbance identified in the Atlantic Ocean, Florida residents play the “What if?” game. What if a hurricane strikes us again? What if we experience similar flooding to the Carolinas? And the what-ifs extend...

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Why Me? Why Not Me?

Living in Florida, I recently engaged in a stressful dance with Hurricane Dorian. For those who haven’t been following...