Interview with a Pastor’s Wife: Gloria Johnston

Interview with a Pastor’s Wife: Gloria Johnston

It can sometimes be intimidating for pastors or pastor’s wives when former pastors and wives are a part of one’s congregation. I never had that feeling over the years that Ron and Gloria Johnston called the church “home” in which my husband is currently the pastor. We have felt nothing but support and encouragement from […]

Creative Hospitality During a Pandemic

Creative Hospitality During a Pandemic

In a year that has built more walls than bridges, the mission of the Church is never-changing. God’s clarion call to reach the lost and love our neighbor remains the same, in spite of circumstances. Fear of the unknown can be a great paralyzer that immobilizes those who normally would be productive and effective. Yet, […]

Feeding Us the Bread of Eternal Life

Feeding Us the Bread of Eternal Life

I threw up a prayer in frustration, “Lord, just help me find it!” I couldn’t find my Bible study workbook. I knew that I had the preschooler entertained for a few minutes, and I wanted to sit with a candle and my cup of coffee and dig into my Bible. But I knew I wouldn’t […]

Hope from Ashes Part II

Hope from Ashes Part II

I once watched a documentary about a little town in Iceland situated at the base of an active volcano. The town is absolutely breathtaking, rolling hills of vibrant green speckled with pristine white cottages. The black basalt rock of the mountains contrasts starkly against all the life surrounding it. What is incredible about this town […]

Hope from Ashes Part I

Hope from Ashes Part I

I squirmed in my seat as the pastor continued his sermon on honoring fathers. We had just finished singing praises about our good Father in heaven and His love for us. At age eleven, I was recently old enough to be past the limit for children’s church, but far from an adult. I sat next […]

A New Flute

A New Flute

Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:18-19 Not so long ago, I wanted a new flute for Christmas. I’ve played […]

Keep Watch

Keep Watch

Several years ago, I attended a camp conference which focused on the theme: Keep Watch. I flew from the middle of the country to the West Coast, spending almost seven hours traveling to Seattle. Meeting old friends, getting settled, eating lunch, and walking the trails kept me busy until the conference began with dinner. By 8:00 p.m. I […]