Category Archives: Current Events

Gathering Thoughts — The Story of This Painting

The story of the painting, Gathering Thoughts, by Steve Henderson at Start Your Week with Steve: The ocean is a place of peace and tranquility, interspersed with motion, movement, and the endless sound of the surf. The first response of … Continue reading

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Human Suffering, and Wondering What God Is Doing about It

On one of the Christian Google communities I follow, a perfidious little troll regularly posts photos of starving children, highlighting his point with accompanying commentary like, “Where is the good and gracious God?” Actually, he’s more verbally adroit than that — quite shrewd, actually — and … Continue reading

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Megachurch Rock Star Pastors

In our younger years, the Norwegian Artist and I bicycled through small-town America, and for housing, we often asked a local church if we could camp in their basement. Encountering everything from open-armed hospitality to outright hostility, we ultimately found ourselves attending … Continue reading

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Phonograph Days: The Story of This Painting

The story of the painting, Phonograph Days, by Steve Henderson at Start Your Week with Steve: Music is an element of the human experience that transcends time and culture, and it is as important to the health of our souls … Continue reading

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Thoughtcrime: Are We Guilty?

Think about the term, Judeo-Christian values. We bandy it about, especially we Christians, and the idea is that, because Jews and Christians share a common heritage (the Old Testament, and Abraham as our collective father), we should support one another, without question. … Continue reading

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Christian Politics — What’s This?

We have two sets of friends that we have always wanted to put together in the same room: Set A is classic U.S.A. Republican party, and they worship George W. Bush. The world ended on the day he left the … Continue reading

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Into the Surf: The Story of This Painting

The story of Into the Surf, the original oil painting by Steve Henderson at Start Your Week with Steve: Children are the world’s best imitators. Naturally observant (until we educate it out of them), they learn by watching, reflecting and doing, … Continue reading

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Alone Does Not Mean Lonely; and Lonely Does Not Mean Loser

I live in a society that is desperately afraid of being alone. So alarmed are we of solitude that we define normalcy by how many groups we belong to: “I go to church, Sunday School, and small groups.” “I volunteer through our … Continue reading

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Did That Christian Just Call Your Child a DOG?

Those of you who have lived with, or through, a fifteen-year-old girl know that adolescents of this age generally fight self-esteem issues. Call it hormones, peer pressure, society, or fat days, 15-year-old girls need a lot of love and reassurance … Continue reading

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We’re Not Rich, but We OWN Our House

Sixteen years ago, my husband the Norwegian Artist and I had an improbable dream: we wanted to find a place in the country and raise our kids there. I say improbable because 1) we had four kids and 2) we … Continue reading

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