PHOENIX — I pulled myself into the right front seat of the Phoenix Rescue Mission’s Hope Coach (a late-model Hyundai van). As soon as the case manager, who shares my first name, jumped into the driver’s seat, he checked his supply of Narcan nasal spray. Narcan is a prescription medicine used…

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Thirty years ago, I became close to Pastor Eugene Peterson through his writing on the pastor’s life. Peterson died in the fall of 2018. This spring, Waterbrook Press released Peterson’s authorized biography, “A Burning in his Bones,” by Winn Collier.

The Happy Horse Hangout has been a popular part of the parking lot outside Windsor Road Christian Church in Champaign for a number of years.

Says Salem Baptist Church Pastor Claude Shelby: “I’ve never felt that I have done all I’m supposed to do as a minister, and I know that some have the notion of a given age for retirement. However, I’ve decided to continue on as long as the Lord gives me strength.”

A few days after my dad turned 64, my mom called me from the bank where she worked. “Dad got let go this morning,” she said. “He came into the bank a few minutes ago to tell me. His face was ashen. I thought Grandma had died.”

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