Creative Nonfiction

Peculiar Road 150 150 Sarah Rennicke

Peculiar Road

Peculiar. It is peculiar, how this faith thing works. How in the middle of a hurricane comes a calm. How the twisted turns of life brings out a dependence from…

When We Pray For Dying Children 150 150 Kaitlin Curtice

When We Pray For Dying Children

Last night when I couldn’t sleep, I got up to walk around the house for a few minutes before getting back into bed. I could hear the breathing rhythms of…

Come To You 150 150 Sarah Rennicke

Come To You

You tell me to come to You. Me, worn and weary, fall into You, and You will give me rest. Just come to You. Simple. Straightforward. Just come.   Am…

Toward a Rule – Eschewing Truancy 150 150 Robert Alan Rife

Toward a Rule – Eschewing Truancy

In early November of 2016, I participated in a class toward my ordination entitled “Vocational Excellence.” This is part 4 of the paper I submitted, aimed at constructing and presenting a…

Why Not Me 150 150 Sarah Rennicke

Why Not Me

I believe in God being a God of redemption. There is something in remembering, in strolling through the memory halls of my heart and still holding out my hope. We…

Soft Promise 150 150 Sarah Rennicke

Soft Promise

It has to be a daily surrender of my life and heart. I am too human and full of a choking selfishness to get through an hour more without turning…

Greater Strength 150 150 Sarah Rennicke

Greater Strength

How does forgiveness flow freely from our chest? Out of our heart, granting pardon to another, when our heart has burned in hurt and felt the fire of betrayal? It…

Forgotten To Remember 150 150 Sarah Rennicke

Forgotten To Remember

It is terrible to forget. And yet I have. For clusters of months, mounting to a year. Until I found my way, one Sunday, to Cedar Lake Park, the place…

You First 150 150 Sarah Rennicke

You First

The rain is gentle. So are You. Reminding me to come back to my first love. Before the world and all its distortions broke my heart, when I walked with…

How To Love You Well 150 150 Sarah Rennicke

How To Love You Well

It’s that effortless, always hopeful, always expanding kind of love that looks straight into the soul and says, “I am going to cover your heart with the best of mine.…

Spark and Steam 150 150 Sarah Rennicke

Spark and Steam

Through the hiss of antique silver espresso machine reverberating around the high-windowed room of a downtown café, brick and mortar building, I shrug off the cold. Everything seems to sting…

In Defense Of Dirty 150 150 Joy and Matthew Steem

In Defense Of Dirty

The only reason why I agreed to watch the movie War Room was because my date asked to see it together in theater. Still in the early stages of going out,…