Thankful – to be or not to be

ROCKWALL, TX (Nov. 26, 2014) The American holiday we call Thanksgiving is filled with concepts that seem, for many, to originate from a land long ago and far, far away. The idea of humbling oneself before a higher being and expressing gratitude is rapidly becoming an extinct dinosaur, laid on the ash heap along with […]

The Last Well: Answering a Threat More Deadly Than Ebola

ROCKWALL, TX (November 13, 2014) Todd Phillips spent the last day of July watching a country shut down. Government offices and schools closed; stores and marketplaces emptied. The Ebola outbreak had turned parts ofLiberiainto ghost towns—practically overnight. Dr. Phillips, of Rockwall County, is Executive Director of The Last Well, a ministry that provides clean water […]

Debunking superstitions

Debunking superstitions

By faith writer Patti Richter ROCKWALL/HEATH, TX (October 9, 2014) Some magicians observe a strange tradition on Halloween; they hold a séance for Harry Houdini. But the late great magician won’t hear of it, and he would have told them so. Houdini found fame in the days of Vaudeville—the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. But […]

Straight ahead in the wrong direction

ROCKWALL/HEATH, TX (October 5, 2014) Reading the book of Jonah for the first time troubled me. Not the miraculous aspect; I easily digested the man-gets-swallowed-by-fish part. But Jonah’s stubborn response to God bothered me. I couldn’t relate to the prophet’s attitude. Until the time I found myself following his example. Our church on the edge […]

Golden Rule Days

ROCKWALL/HEATH, TX (August 25, 2014) Plastic folders, crayons and those timeless tools of learning, pencils and paper, currently fill store shelves to capacity. The sight makes me sentimental for yesteryear, when I had school-age children. Not that I’d like to repeat those years. But the opportunity to influence fresh hearts and minds is as precious […]

The Color of Grace

(August 19, 2014) In preparation for my family’s return home from time with grandparents, I’ve been painting over the “scribble-scrabble”—as my children call it—scrawled all over the upstairs bedrooms of our home. To be clear, this is not a rant. It is nearly axiomatic that a five-year-old, plus smuggled crayons, plus an hour of rest […]

A better bridge

ROCKWALL/ HEATH, TX. (June 27, 2014) For several months I walked my dog along the farm road that crosses the creek bordering our neighborhood. Barricades had closed the road to traffic while a road crew worked to replace an old, unsafe bridge with a better one. Without trucks and SUV’s whizzing by, it felt like […]

Faith & Grief Ministries Workshop begins June 12

ROCKWALL, TX (May 13, 2014) In the aftermath of a loved one’s death, family members left on the bewildering journey of grief are often experience fatigue,  emotional upheaval, and meaningful questions about life and faith.  Faith & Grief Ministries offers a 6-week workshop that provides a safe venue to wrestle with the dynamics of grief and to […]

Faith & Grief Ministries Workshop begins June 12

ROCKWALL, TX (May 13, 2014) In the aftermath of a loved one’s death, family members left on the bewildering journey of grief are often experience fatigue,  emotional upheaval, and meaningful questions about life and faith.  Faith & Grief Ministries offers a 6-week workshop that provides a safe venue to wrestle with the dynamics of grief and to […]

Recovering lost treasure

ROCKWALL / HEATH, TX (April 11, 2014) As a young girl I treasured a gift chosen just for me. My grandparents had given me a ring with a small ruby stone for my birthday. The ring had a real gold band that wouldn’t turn my finger green like the dime store rings I’d worn.  I wore […]