Posts with the category “peaceweavers”

Obedience and Blessing: Judsons, Newells, and Rice
by Larry Ashlock on June 29th, 2020
On 17 June, 1812, some 208 years ago, the brig Caravan sailed into the harbor at Calcutta, four months after embarking from Salem, Massachusetts. Its safe arrival was remarkable, for war seemed to be everywhere, threatening its passage. Napoleon and his French army, menace to all of Europe, was suffering defeat at the hands of the Russians. South Americans were rising in force to follow Simon Boli...  Read More
Flourishing in the Silence: Our Solitude Sanctuaries
by Larry Ashlock on May 21st, 2020
It was twenty years ago this spring that I set off for England. I had the glorious gift of spending almost a year away in study. I lived sixteen miles northwest of Oxford, in the Cotswolds, in a small hamlet called Field Assarts. Tucked along a bend in the road, my rural crossroads had a beautiful parish church and a clutch of lovely, honey-colored stone houses, surrounded by verdant green fields,...  Read More
Hilda of Whitby and the Dating of Easter
by Larry Ashlock on April 23rd, 2020
In the past two weeks, Christians have celebrated Christ's resurrection all across the world. Many of us celebrated Easter on 12 April of this year, and many others, mainly Orthodox Christians, observed Easter on 19 April. Why is this so? Western Christianity uses the Gregorian Calendar and celebrates Easter on a Sunday between 22 March and 25 April, within about seven days after the astronomical ...  Read More
Plagues, Pandemics, and Panic: Our Family's Response
by Larry Ashlock on April 17th, 2020
Christians and non-Christians have faced disease and tragedy in similar ways across the ages. Their approaches to their circumstances, however, have often been markedly different. The historic Christian response has been founded upon Jesus's most important teachings: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your mind, with all your soul, and with all your strength," and "Love your nei...  Read More
Loving Well: Charles Mulli and the Children
by Larry Ashlock on April 17th, 2020
Charles was born in 1949 to an alcoholic and abusive father in Kathithyamaa Village in Kangundo, Machakos, Kenya. By the time he was five years old, he had been utterly abandoned by his parents. He became a street child. Begging for food and drink and building shelter with tin and cardboard, he survived. Adults along the way gave him access to the free primary school, but there was no home for him...  Read More
Helen McLaughlin and the FaithSteppers of Greensboro
by Larry Ashlock on April 17th, 2020
Helen comes from a long line of pastors. She was born in 1952 in Siler City, North Carolina, into a family with eight brothers and sisters who were raised by their single mother. They all learned from her strong work ethic. With no car, she walked ten miles each way every day to work for another family, so her children took care of each other, cooked, cleaned, and chopped wood to help earn additio...  Read More