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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A Major Sacrifice

smouldering fire

“This devotional for teens . . . provides a strong visual demonstration of what it means to offer their lives as a burnt offering to God.” [We know what that is supposed to mean, but it would be better not to read so much like human sacrifice.] “It is Jesus who gives his life for the sheep on the cross.”…

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Of Mice Rats and Men

mysterious mouse silhouette

To be a country where everything is small, Japan certainly has large mice. Over here, we’d call them rats; but the Japanese call them mice. (That is, the Japanese word nezumi encompasses the whole delightful species.) Now, the Japanese people are small. When I lived there, I was directed to the LARGE department for a size 7½ shoe. The coffee…

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The Cemetery


There is definitely something odd going on at the Peaceful Acres Cemetery. I had driven there with Aunt Ellen, who was feeling poorly and thought a nice ride through the cemetery might help. (Don’t ask.) Just inside the front gate was a memorial stone of a life-size Jesus, arms outstretched. As we got closer, I noticed that the thing on…

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And It Came to Pass (4 of 4)

Jesus healing a girl

A Bible story inspired by church camp dramas: Jairus’s Daughter Luke 8 (RCV, Revised Camp Version) Behold, there came a man named Jairus who, unaccustomed to wearing long biblical robes, fell at the feet of the Jesus the Nazarene. Jairus, full of faith, besought him to come to his house. “My daughter is dying,” said the eleven-year-old Jairus. But as…

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