Forty-three and a half years ago on a hot Phoenix afternoon, I guided my 1974 baby-blue Ford LTD north on the Black Canyon Freeway. Jennifer, my new bride, was snuggled up next to me on the bench seat. Three hours earlier on that July 8, we were married at Central Christian Church in Mesa, j…

When I talk with people who have not yet returned to church after being gone for so long during the COVID- 19 pandemic, I think back to a December Sunday in 1975 when I was studying for the ministry. After a late fall three-month preaching stint in a white clapboard church in a tiny Northeas…

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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…

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.”

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