JONATHAN C DOW

Willing Praise

Most every morning when I get up for work, I listen to Scripture from one of my Bible apps. Perhaps it is my nifty Bluetooth speaker or the rich, resonant, crystal-clear voice of David Suchet, but I find it easy to stay engaged with the Word as it is narrated.

One particular day, I felt a nudge to listen to Psalm 119. Resonating with the . . .

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February 11, 2024

The God of "Both/And"

For the last few weeks, I've been listening to the book of Luke when getting ready for work. It's been a refreshing way to focus my heart and my mind in the mornings and to get an eternal perspective on the day.

One of the things I have appreciated in hearing the Gospel stories is the breadth of ways that Jesus ministered to . . .

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November 04, 2023

Recognized

When I got my first iPhone with beta facial recognition, I remember asking the sales associate whether I would need to remove my glasses when setting it up. (Remember when you actually went to a store to purchase a phone?) He graciously smiled and eagerly answered, "Oh no. You don't have to remove your glasses. It recognizes you even when you . . .

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October 01, 2023

Table Talk

My dad was an avid gardener, and my mom was a wonderful cook. With six children, our dinner times meant family packed around a large, wooden trestle table and a vast spread of food. Vegetables were plentiful, along with meat, potatoes, and bread. Friday nights were fish sticks and Saturday always meant homemade pizza using sauce from tomatoes . . .

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September 02, 2023

Couldn't You Just Have Waited?

We received many well-intended words of caution as we prepared to move to Tennessee in 1999. Things to watch for included wicked thunderstorms, oven-like heat, tornados, and, of course, the impending Y2K apocalypse. One of the things, however, not mentioned to us was the impulsiveness of drivers navigating a two-way . . .

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August 01, 2023

Biscuit Cutters in the Throne Room

Not too long ago, I found an amazing recipe for biscuits from scratch. Thinking they would be great for Thanksgiving, I decided to make a practice batch to see if we liked them. While the professional photograph portrayed magnificent golden-brown rosemary, apple, bacon, and white cheddar mounds of deliciousness, my final product turned out . . .

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July 01, 2023

Resting at Home

Discovering Peace in the Season of "Yet to Be"

Most every weekend we pass through an older part of town that is slowly transitioning from residential to commercial property. The slow process over the 20 years that we have lived here has been painful to watch.

While the houses have often been abandoned, gutted, and then demolished, there is one ranch-style home that we have watched . . .

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June 01, 2023

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