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Author Jan Turrentine

Welcoming a Child

Our senses work overtime during Advent. Our skin comes alive from the chill in the air. Colors seem brighter and clearer, smells more intense. Our taste buds explode from special treats and festive meals. Our senses work overtime during Advent. Our skin comes alive from the chill in the air. Colors seem brighter and clearer, […] Read More

Deep Gladness

Attend a Baptist church during December and you’ll likely hear a compelling story from someone God has called to a specific ministry somewhere else in the world. Missionaries add special meaning to Advent and Christmas. Attend a Baptist church during December and you’ll likely hear a compelling story from someone God has called to a […] Read More

Take the Erin Challenge

For a long time, 10-year-old Erin Strnad of McCalla, Ala., had saved coins in a 3-foot-tall replica of a soft drink bottle, with no particular plan in mind for them. It turns out that the amount she saved is enough to feed an entire family for nearly 10 months. When Erin attended the annual meeting […] Read More

At my grandmother’s house, sleeping in meant getting up at 5 or 6 a.m. instead of the usual 4. On a typical day, by 6 a.m. she would have swept and mopped the floors, made a big pan of biscuits and done a couple of loads of laundry. These chores completed by sunup, she could […] Read More

More Than Meets the Eye

In an old episode of “The Cosby Show,” Cliff (Bill Cosby) agrees that son Theo can tag along when he goes to purchase a new family car. Before they go, Cliff makes a point to change clothes. “You’re wearing that?” Theo asks him. “Yes,” Cliff replies. “And whatever you do, don’t let the salesperson know […] Read More

Making the Big Jump

Last Jan. 28, Justin Gregorich joined other potential football players in his school’s weightlifting room for a scheduled conditioning practice. He was hoping to try out for the junior varsity football team this fall. At five-foot-three and 130 pounds, Justin hardly fit the typical football player’s profile. He could bench press 65 pounds and squat […] Read More

Brick by Brick

The music has stopped for too many public school children, particularly those on the lower end of the economic scale. And that’s just not acceptable for people like David Wish. As an elementary school teacher in 1996, Wish became frustrated with the lack of funding for music education at his school, so he began informally […] Read More

It had all the ingredients for a major household conflict: two children, one candy bar. It had all the ingredients for a major household conflict: two children, one candy bar. My brother insisted that he should have it because he was older and larger and therefore required more energy. To him it was a logical […] Read More

Her decision defies logic and flies in the face of cultural expectations. She left a life of privilege in Beverly Hills to live in a 10-foot concrete cell with no hot water at La Mesa prison in Tijuana, Mexico. Her closest neighbors are murderers, thieves and drug lords, but she calls them “sons.” She works […] Read More

My first allowance—25 cents per week—came with both obligation and opportunity, in that order. My parents usually gave my allowance in some combination of nickels and dimes. It was easier that way, they explained, to take a nickel from those coins and save it to put in my offering envelope every Sunday. Having been in […] Read More