Author Ava Pennington
Author Ava Pennington

Every Tribe, Language, People, and Nation

Do you remember the song, Jesus Loves the Little Children, written by C. Herbert Woolston? Even if you don’t know all the stanzas, you probably remember the refrain: Jesus loves the little children, All the children of the world. Red and yellow, black and white, All...

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Allow Children to Be Children

It seems children’s entertainment is becoming darker. Movies and video games seem to be pushing children to embrace adult situations. And it's all in the name of being resourceful—of not needing adults (especially parents) to help them solve their problems. On the...

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Sin and Cancer Both Start Small

It was just a tiny spot recognized by the scan—a little more than a centimeter. But as soon as it was identified, the medical community sprang into action. More scans, tests, chemotherapy, radiation. Months of treatment based on the knowledge that this one spot was...

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Is Peace with the World a Reasonable Goal?

By now you may have heard about Christian celebrities who have either renounced their faith or are in the process of losing their faith. The most recent celebrity to do so is Marty Sampson, a lyricist long associated with Hillsong and whose songs many of us have sung...

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Absolute Truth…or Not?

Is there such a thing as absolute truth? If you answered yes, you share a traditional world view that is quickly falling out of favor in our culture. If you said no, you’ve just contradicted yourself. Saying there’s no such thing as absolute truth is actually making...

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Unplanned

I watch movies to be entertained. To smile and laugh and cheer at happy endings. I don’t watch movies to be disturbed...until now. And I’m about to encourage you to watch a movie that will disturb you greatly. Unless you’ve recently returned from a lengthy stay on an...

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Hard Truths Relevant to Today’s Headlines

I’ve heard it over and over again. “The Bible is an ancient, mythological book irrelevant to modern culture.” Is it? The Christian community would disagree. Those who do not follow Christ are not convinced. We could lock horns and argue about this until Jesus returns....

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The Trouble with Anonymity

Anonymity can bring pleasant surprises. Someone ahead of you pays your bill in the drive-thru.   Or you receive a card or gift in the mail from an anonymous friend.  But anonymity can create problems, too. How many times have you been the victim of...

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Are All World Religions the Same?

The beginning of a new year is often a time for introspection. A time for new year’s resolutions. Even a time to explore religion and spirituality as a way to start the new year “right.” But are all world religions the same? Some people think so. And if all religions...

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Public Discourse vs. Public DisCOARSE

Social media and the evening news are both making me tired. Sad. Discouraged. Done. Today, I hit my limit. A friend posted a link announcing the president had signed an executive order correcting a difficult, complicated, and sad policy. (I’m not taking a politically...

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