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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. For a long time, 10-year-old Erin Strnad of <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags” />McCalla, Ala., had saved coins in a 3-foot-tall replica of […] 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. 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.<?xml:namespace prefix […] 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. Last Jan. 28, Justin <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags” />Gregorich joined other potential football players in his school’s weightlifting […] 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. 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 […] 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.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office” />   My brother insisted that he should have it because he was older and larger and therefore required […] Read More

Her decision defies logic and flies in the face of cultural expectations. Her decision defies logic and flies in the face of cultural expectations. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office” />   She left a life of privilege in <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags” />Beverly Hills to live in a 10-foot concrete […] Read More

My first allowance—25 cents per week—came with both obligation and opportunity, in that order. 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 […] Read More