Forming Habits of Holiness

Forming Habits of Holiness

By Steven Norris      When I picked up my boys from basketball practice this week, one of them observed, “Dad, basketball practice is a lot harder than a basketball game. In practice, you run and run and run, much more than in a game. In practice, you shoot many more...
Then Sings My Soul

Then Sings My Soul

By Steven Norris       “Then sings my soul, my Savior God to Thee / How great Thou art, how great Thou art.” Twice this week, I’ve sung this song. The first time was with a group of mourners — voices echoing off the marble walls of the mausoleum at Oak Hill Cemetery —...

Forged by the Word

By Steven Norris      I did not grow up in a church that did “sword drills.” Many of my friends have described standing before the church, Bible in hand, just waiting for the leader to call out a verse. They would then race to the correct page and place their finger...
You Have an Advocate on Your Side

You Have an Advocate on Your Side

By Steven Norris      It was my first and only murder trial. As a volunteer chaplain with the jail, I had been asked by the defendant to be present as spiritual support during the trial. Most days I was the only person sitting on his side of the courtroom while the...
Creating a Community of Prayer

Creating a Community of Prayer

By Steven Norris      “Good Morning, friends! Welcome to our time of morning prayer.” So begins my weekday mornings. For years, I have found that an essential part of my spiritual growth has been tied to the practice of starting each day off with communal prayer....
A Communal Confession

A Communal Confession

By Steven Norris      A few years ago, I was leading a bible study in a North Carolina jail. One of the regular members of our study had been very courageous that day, confessing that he often felt lost in the Bible studies, had trouble following our conversations,...

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