Author Ava Pennington
Author Ava Pennington
Mentor and Mentee

Mentor and Mentee

Scientists say it’s possible for us to see the light of a distant star, farther from the earth than our own sun, after that star has died. The star might be long gone, but we may still benefit from its light gleaming in the heavens today. Mentee This past week I lost...

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Nine Misconceptions of Love

Nine Misconceptions of Love

We want love. We need love. More than one thousand song titles contain the word love. We write books about it. Recite poems. We chase it and sing about it and fall for misconceptions of love. And no matter what we do, we can’t get enough. Maybe that’s because we don’t...

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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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Thankful It Takes a Village for Adults, Too

Regardless of your political persuasion or opinion of the author of a book by a similar title, I’ve learned “it takes a village” for adults, too. It’s been more than a year since I experienced the most significant loss of my life. The loss of my better half left me...

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Pocketing, Cookie Jarring, and Jesus

Pocketing and cookie jarring. To paraphrase a line from The Princess Bride, “I do not think it means what you think it means.” One thing is for sure: neither phrase means what I thought they meant! Both terms are now used to describe dating trends. Pocketing occurs...

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Is It a Conviction or a Preference?

I’m a person of strong opinions. It’s a rare occasion when I don’t have an opinion on a subject. Lately, though, I’ve been wondering about the art of disagreement. Without meaning to, I’ve come up against passions that run high and emotions that run deep. The subjects...

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How Well Are You Known?

Twenty years ago, I moved from New York City to a much smaller city in Florida. More of a small town, actually. I welcomed the fresh air, the slower pace, and the improved quality of life. But I also needed to make some adjustments… About a week after our move, after...

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Taking Offense

Were you offended today? We live in a society where taking offense is now the norm. And the catalog of culprits multiplies by the minute, with politics and religion topping the list. Sadly, it seems our culture is especially offended by the claims of Christianity,...

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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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Sympathy and Empathy

Do you know anyone who has lost a loved one? A spouse, a child, a parent? I’ve watched people around me lose those they love through illness, accident, old age, or even by self-inflicted means. And I’ve felt bad for them. Sympathy. Knowing about their loss and pain,...

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