Author Ava Pennington
Author Ava Pennington
What’s the Purpose of Freedom?

What’s the Purpose of Freedom?

What’s the Purpose of Freedom?   “Land of the free and home of the brave.”  We sing it as part of our national anthem. We’re free! But what does that actually mean? Just how free are we? We have freedom of speech, religion, press, and assembly. We’re free to bear...

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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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Grace Givers

Grace Givers

Grace Givers   I’ve been thinking lately about stewardship. That’s not a word we hear very often anymore. It’s one of those words that seems to have fallen out of favor. Most people haven’t noticed. But maybe we should notice. A steward is someone who has the...

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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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Time to Shed My Snake Skin

Time to Shed My Snake Skin

  Time to Shed My Snake Skin   I found an unwelcome surprise outside my front door a few weeks ago: a two-foot-long shed snake skin. Of course, I posted a photo on social media—not much else excitement during these days of pandemic “sheltering at home.”...

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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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Do You Know a Late Bloomer ?

Do You Know a Late Bloomer ?

Do You Know a Late Bloomer?   The amaryllis flower was a Christmas gift more than a year ago. Thankful that I live in Florida, I planted the bulbs outside after the blossoms died. Then I waited for one year, eager to see a repeat of the beautiful blooms the...

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Things Moms Say (aka Momisms)

Things Moms Say (aka Momisms)

Is there any role in life more under-appreciated than motherhood? I don’t think so. In honor of Mother’s Day this weekend, I offer you Anita Renfroe’s humorous, classic look at the things moms say, set to the tune of the William Tell Overture. Click on the word...

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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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