An Ode to Mothers

My mother, the late Sadie Evelyn Henry Lusby, published the following piece in Seek magazine, May 11, 1975. That was just a few years past the time when my sister and I were teenagers—and Mom no doubt spoke from our perspective in this parody of the nostalgic song “M-O-T-H-E-R.” But she was also seeing the blessing of her age, given…

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Beatles and the Bible?

Man playing guitar

When I see the Beatles song title “I Should Have Known Better,” I can’t help thinking that if Samson had written a song about his relationship with Delilah, that would be a good title. Another Beatles song title conveys how the demon-possessed man from Gadara must have felt after his encounter with Jesus: “Glad All Over.” If you’d like to…

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Ask the Pope?

bleach bottle with halo

To attend a choir concert one time, Mom and I found ourselves seated in an enormous and ornate cathedral. While we waited for the program to begin, we silently admired the architectural details; and we couldn’t help noticing something quite foreign to us: statues of saints all around, with their names. I recognized names of the familiar St. Teresa, St.…

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Clergy Confetti?

priest with brightly colored bacground

In my work as an editor, I continue to collect editorial bloopers. The following sentence appeared in an article that encouraged VBS leaders to make program adjustments for students who have special needs/sensitivities: “A big opening VBS ceremony with flashing lights, loud music, and a confetti canon might sound like a great idea, but how will that affect those kids…

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An Editor’s Job…

victorian illustration of woman writing, stained with a splatter of blood

Think being an editor is a cushy job? Besides checking em dashes and spellings and verifying quotes, editors of Christian material have an added responsibility: making sure that God’s Word is accurately conveyed. This means looking up Scriptures, opening commentaries, checking maps, not putting words in God’s mouth…At least, that’s what good editors  do. I take very seriously the possibility…

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