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Religion

  • The grace we hate, it’s never a gray area

    Recently, I had a conversation with someone who was trying to figure out how grace works.

    She said she knew that she needed to believe in Jesus, but she still wasn’t sure that that’s enough, maybe she needed to do something to “maintain” God’s grace.

    “No,” I told her, “grace is either you’re in or you’re out. Pass/fail, yes or no, but never maybe. It’s never gray or fuzzy.”

  • Prayer really does change things

    Last week I wrote a little bit about the prayer week at my church.

  • Psalm of Thanksgiving

    Editor’s note: Nancy Kennedy has been writing an annual psalm of thanksgiving since 1999 when she first started writing her column.

  • ‘Is God powerful?’

    A few weeks ago, I got an email at work with the subject line: “Is God powerful?”

    I thought the email would be about God’s power, but it was a political come-on to people of faith to vote for a certain candidate, who supposedly was God’s choice and to please send money.

    Actually, the email lost me at “the great state of Pennsylvania is wrestling with its destiny,” since I live in Florida.

  • GRACE NOTES

     A local man named Ed will never forget his 76th birthday, Sept. 22. He and his wife, Marno, took a cruise as a birthday celebration. While at sea, Ed started bleeding internally and ended up in the ship’s infirmary, where they gave him blood transfusions. Meanwhile, word got out among the other passengers, many of whom volunteered to donate their own blood.

  • Why do we pray?

    According to a recent LifeWay Research survey, when God answers prayer, he tends to do it in the South.

  • Holiday Bazaar

    Rochelle Kaiser

  • Beasts get blessings

    Special to the Chronicle

  • From ‘limo’ to ‘lightning’

    Editor’s note: Nancy Kennedy is on vacation this week. Her husband requested this column from 2004 about his 1968 Ford Falcon station wagon be rerun. He still misses that car. Nancy doesn’t.

    Although a brand new Ford F-150 “Lightning” pickup truck tops my husband’s list of dream vehicles, his eyes still mist whenever anyone mentions “the limo.”

  • Moms in waiting, still praying

    Years ago, my friend Becky in Texas excitedly announced that her son was “only” smoking pot.