Mixed Messages

Mixed Messages

Susan and I were ready for a break recently, so we decided to take our chances with air travel and spend a few days in New Orleans. The return trip was a bit of a nightmare due to a canceled flight from Charlotte, North Carolina, to Raleigh, but a Lyft to the train...
A Place at the Beach

A Place at the Beach

Every preacher should be so lucky as to get in the rotation for guest ministers at a non-denominational beach chapel. Holden Beach Chapel is my happy spot, a beautiful chapel on a barrier island on North Carolina’s southern coast. Once each year, usually in April, I...
Island Time, and About Time

Island Time, and About Time

Do you love the idea of living on “island time”? Susan and I had looked forward to joining this year’s planned Good Faith Experience to Hawaii’s Big Island. We booked our flights, along with a side trip to Oahu, last November, but COVID-19 uncertainties forced the...

10 Suggestions to Ensure You Vacation Well

I’m not known for my rest and relaxation skills. After a fun weekend of hanging out together, a friend said, “Renée, you should have a warning sticker on you that says, ‘Warning: Highly Active Person.'” My idea of a great vacation is more...

Discovering God’s Purpose in Purposelessness

My family spent two weeks at Le Pas Opton (LPO), a Christian holiday camp in France. We were there because I was speaking one week; I don’t suppose we would have thought to book an explicitly Christian holiday otherwise. A few days before we went, I found myself...