• Amid chaos, tranquility awaits

    I got a text the other day from a friend that said simply: “Life is chaotic.“ 

  • Loving my neighbor: invitation pending…

    It’s been a while since I thought about skipping church because of the sermon topic, but last week I was tempted.

    At my church we’re currently going through a sermon series on “Love Thy Neighbor,” which in itself isn’t a skipping-church-worthy topic. I mean, who doesn’t agree that we should love our neighbors as we love ourselves?

  • Missionaries return to Citrus County

    When the Sullivan family returned to Citrus County after living 10 years in East Asia as missionaries, the three children — twins Haddon and Caleb and their younger sister Joy — weren’t sure what a church was.

  • Another batch of random thoughts

     Once a month or so, I make my husband a huge pot of vegetable soup and divide it into small plastic containers to put in the freezer for his lunch.

  • 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.


     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.