A Sturdy Holiday for Troubled Times

A Sturdy Holiday for Troubled Times

By Steven Norris      I come from sturdy people. I say this, not in a spirit of bragging, but simply as a statement of fact. They were blue collar folk — farmers and ranchers, mostly. They knew the satisfaction of a hard day’s work. They knew about tilling ground,...
Calling Jesus Lord

Calling Jesus Lord

By Steven Norris      “Dear Lord…Thank you, Lord…Praise the Lord…Lord, have mercy.” To refer to the Divine as “Lord” is a rather common part of the prayer vocabulary for people of faith. What does it mean, however, to call Jesus, Lord?      This Sunday marks a...

Listening With Your Soul

By Steven Norris      “Are you listening to me?” After being together for more than two decades, my wife has gotten pretty good at reading my facial expressions. That said, I’m afraid that the glazed over eyes and far-away look probably gave me way pretty easily.    ...
Remembering Well

Remembering Well

By Steven Norris      The smell of homemade buttermilk biscuits transported me across space and time to summer in my Mamaw’s kitchen. There, mornings regularly consisted of a hot biscuit smothered with homemade pear preserves made from the week’s harvest. That is one...
I Stand with Bartimaeus

I Stand with Bartimaeus

By Steven Norris      “Many sternly ordered him to be quiet, but he cried out even more loudly.” Good for you, Bartimaeus. You wouldn’t be silenced and your plea for mercy reached the ears of someone who could do something about it. Thank you for speaking up and not...

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