A Spiritual Check Up

By Steven Norris It’s been that time of year around the Norris house this week. As we prepare for the beginning of another school year, it is time for the annual visit to the pediatrician. When it comes to our children, we have always been diligent about regular...

Frank Conversations About A Pandemic

By Steven Norris “All you have to do is grin and bear it.” This was the advice I received as a child. It was the advice of calloused-handed farmers who had seen more than a few lean harvests. It was the advice of penny-pinching survivors of the Great Depression. It...

Weathering the Storm

By Steven Norris In 2018, my family spent fall break at a friend’s condo in Panama City, FL. News about an impending tropical storm had barely registered for us. It wasn’t supposed to be that bad. We arrived on Sunday, enjoying a lazy evening settling in. As the sun...

Words, Words, Words.

By Steven Norris “Over the last few decades we have been inundated by a torrent of words. Wherever we go we are surrounded by words: words softly whispered, loudly proclaimed, or angrily screamed; words spoken, recited, or sung; words on records, in books, on walls,...

Freedom For, Not Just Freedom From

By Steven Norris Freedom. It’s been on my mind quite a bit over the past days and weeks. Maybe it was watching the fireworks on the fourth of July from the parking lot of Southern Crescent. Maybe it was joining in the national phenomenon of seeing the musical...

Confronting the Darkness Head On

By Steven Norris “How can two people walk together, unless they are in agreement?” The prophet Amos was onto something here. Shortly after the death of George Floyd, I received a phone call from one of my fellow ministers, asking if I would be willing to attend a...

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