The Pilgrims’ Miracles in Context: a comparison of the settlements in Jamestown and Plymouth

Several years ago around Thanksgiving time, I became acquainted with a hymn about the Pilgrims called “O God, Beneath Thy Guiding Hand.” Now, I thought I knew about the pilgrims. I knew about Squanto fertilizing maize with fishes and other quaint anecdotes of early American life. However, the solemn tone of this hymn surprised me…

The Purpose of Life

I’ve​ ​spent​ ​a​ ​good​ ​deal​ ​time ​thinking​ ​that​ ​God​ ​had​ ​my​ ​life​ ​mapped​ ​out​ ​for​ ​me,​ ​and​ ​that​ ​if​ ​I​ ​was faithful​ ​He​ ​would​ ​tell​ ​me​ ​where​ ​to​ ​go​ ​and​ ​what​ ​to​ ​do.​ ​There​ ​is​ ​a​ ​certain​ ​amount​ ​of​ ​truth​ ​to​ ​that,​ ​but it​ ​can​ ​be​ ​a​ ​paralyzing​ ​and​ ​disappointing​ ​way​ ​to​ ​live.​ ​It​ ​can​…