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  • Lent 2020, Day 38: The dark night of Jesus’ Soul.

    “We all try to accept with some sort of submission our afflictions when they actually arrive. But the prayer in Gethsemane shows that the preceding anxiety is equally God’s will and equally part of our human destiny. The perfect Man experienced it. And the servant is not greater than the master. We are Christians, not Stoics.”

  • Lent 2020, Palm Sunday: Hosanna in the highest heaven.

    Life moves fast.

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    Lent 2020: Ash Wednesday

    A few minutes before noon, Zoe and I walked across the one-way street where our Uber had let us out, and headed up the sloping ramp into the church. It was dark…

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    The Preachers: Jerry Falwell, Sr.: Part 2

    President Ronald Reagan and Reverend Falwell. (Image Source)   When last we left off on Falwell, it was the mid-60’s, his Thomas Road Baptist Church was growing, and he was staunchly against…

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    The Preachers: Jim and Tammy Faye: Part 3.

    Image and caption from PTL.   When PTL fell apart, I was just 5. I didn’t know about the sex scandals, but I do remember my parents discussing the Bakkers’ outsized lifestyle.…

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    The Preachers: Jim & Tammy Faye: Part 2.

      Jim and Tammy Faye (Image Source)   It was thirty years ago that the tremendous house of cards that Jim Bakker had constructed out of TV ministry, millions in donations, and…

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    The Preachers: Jim & Tammy Faye: Their Incredible Rise & Shocking Fall.

    Jim And Tammy Faye Bakker in all their 1980s glory. (Image Source)   I started composing this post months ago. I stopped partially because my blogging, as a whole, slowed way down…

  • Throwback Thursday: Pain in heels while walking.

    Note: This post first appeared on my old blog, Far Above Rubies, on March 9, 2012. ~Alisha   If you clicked on this post expecting a piece on platforms, sorry, not getting that.…

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    The Preachers: Aimee Semple McPherson, America’s first female celeb evangelist.

      Aimee Semple McPherson, the Pentecostal Preacher who could’ve been a Silent Screen Star. (Image: Foursquare Church)  Aimee Semple McPherson was… so much. A Canadian missionary to China as a young newlywed;…

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    Lent- Day 11: Burn after reading.

    William Powell (JP Laffont / Sygma / Corbis)     In Harper’s there’s an interesting story about William Powell, who in 1971 at age 19, “published The Anarchist Cookbook, a guide to making bombs…