Reflections on a “Pentecostal” Anniversary

Delighted to offer a shout-out to my folks, Tim and Joy Palma, who this week celebrated their 50th wedding Anniversary! It’s hard for me to wrap my mind around 50 years. I mean, that’s 5 decades. I haven’t even been alive for that long. An example from the Bible I think helps conceptualize their marriage’sContinue reading “Reflections on a “Pentecostal” Anniversary”

“My Mother’s Smile: A Letter to My Children”

Guest post by Joy Palma It is always a pleasure to share these pages with like-minded people. In commemoration of 50 years since the passing of my grandma Theresa Rubbo, I would like to share again the post by my mom, Joy Palma, dedicated to her memory. The piece is written from her heart, cherishingContinue reading ““My Mother’s Smile: A Letter to My Children””

Subscriber Promo, “Embracing Our Roots”

Holiday Greetings! I am delighted to announce to all my subscribers a discount on my recent book, Embracing Our Roots: Rediscovering the Value of Faith, Family, and Tradition. The promo (50% OFF) is available via the publisher, https://wipfandstock.com/9781725293144/embracing-our-roots/, with the code ROOTS1, through the end of December. Happy Thanksgiving and God’s richest blessings to youContinue reading “Subscriber Promo, “Embracing Our Roots””

Embracing Our Roots–About the Book

Greetings family, friends, and avid readers. I hope this note finds you well. Many of you will recall the release of my new book Embracing Our Roots: Rediscovering the Value of Faith, Family, and Tradition earlier this year. I though it was apropros to make my subscribers aware of a brief video introducing the book.Continue reading “Embracing Our Roots–About the Book”

The Story of a Lamplighter

GUEST POST BY LAURA JOY PALMA It is always a pleasure to share these pages with like-minded people. In celebration of Father’s Day, I am delighted to feature a piece penned by my sister, Laura Joy Palma. It is devoted to the memory of our great-grandfather Angelo Rubbo, a first-generation Italian immigrant and a PentecostalContinue reading “The Story of a Lamplighter”

An Ascension Day Poem

From the heights,to the depths,wisdom descended for us. Disrobed of majesty,divine,humbled for us. Equality with God,set aside,not grasped. Made nothing,of dust and dirt,yet love would last. Living with us,walking among us,to show the way. Healing the blind,raising the dead,paving a way. From majesty,to the Cross,a destiny sure. Betrayed, denied,spit on,enmity stirred. Beaten, flogged,a crown ofContinue reading “An Ascension Day Poem”

A Mothers’ Day Tribute

Strength and dignity are her clothing,    and she laughs at the time to come.She opens her mouth with wisdom,    and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.She looks well to the ways of her household,    and does not eat the bread of idleness.Her children rise up and call her happy. ~Proverbs 31:25-28, NRSV It’s that time ofContinue reading “A Mothers’ Day Tribute”

Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary – Rediscovering the Value of Tradition

But ask the animals, and they will teach you;    the birds of the air, and they will tell you;ask the plants of the earth, and they will teach you;    and the fish of the sea will declare to you.Who among all these does not know    that the hand of the Lord has done this?In his hand is the life ofContinue reading “Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary – Rediscovering the Value of Tradition”