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“CHOOSING OUR VOWEL CAREFULLY” by Timothy Shorey

What happens when two people meet over coffee or come face-to-face in conversation or in conflict? Here is a still more pressing question: what should happen? Are there oughts and ought nots that should govern how we listen and talk? The answer that we choose hinges on what we think it means to be human. …

“God Extends an Invitation” by Lauren Whitman

Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. (Ps. 62:8) Think about the last time you received an invitation. Maybe it was an invitation to dinner at a friend’s house, a birthday party, or a wedding. Whatever the event, it is nice to …

Five Good Reasons to Read Hymns as Poems by Leland Ryken

Reading hymns as devotional poems is not a novel idea. Until the 1870s, hymn books were small, portable, word-only books three inches by five inches in size. They were daily companions to school and office and used in private and family devotions in the home. By providence, I have become a spokesman for reclaiming the …

Author Interview with Lauren Whitman

Today’s author interview is with Lauren Whitman. She is the author of the new book in our 31-Day Devotionals for Life series, A Painful Past: Healing and Moving Forward. Tell us a little bit about yourself. I was born and raised in south Florida with my parents and older sister. I went to college in …