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Seeking first: What are we looking for instead of God?

It’s an offensive question to many Christians. But it’s a fair one, too. I asked the question of myself after reading a commentary on NPR.org about the growing trend of travel sports teams and the rigor of playing year-round sports. Many families participate in these types of leagues thinking they’re providing the best experience for their children — often at the expense of committed involvement in church activities. NPR leads the piece with this provocative introduction: “Think playing on sports’ travel team…

Holding “stiddy” to God

In April 2016, the U.S. Treasury Dept. announced that several women would grace new designs for $5, $10, and $20 bills. Harriet Tubman, leader of the Underground Railroad effort that freed at least 300 slaves in the years leading up to the Civil War, will replace Andrew Jackson as the featured portrait on the front of the $20. Most schoolchildren can tell you who Harriet Tubman was. According to the New York Times, “Araminta Ross, known as “Minty,” was born into…

True Colors

I love fall. It’s my favorite season. My family has most of our birthdays, along with our wedding anniversary, in October. But in addition to all of that, one of the things I love the most is the changing of the leaves. And I’m not alone. Every autumn thousands of people, maybe some of us here tonight, trek up to the Blue Ridge and Appalachian mountains of Virginia. During a recent October, around 220,000 people visited Shenandoah National Park, including Skyline…

Worn Out and Spent

If we keep our eyes down, we can find them on the sidewalk or in a parking lot. We often have at least one in our pocket and definitely in a purse. Sometimes we put them in a tray on a dresser, or toss them in a jar until they add up. They’re pennies. The shiny ones are, perhaps, on the surface, more attractive. Usually they’re newer, and much less circulated. They haven’t seen too much action, which is why they look so…