From the Mouths of Babes

In celebration of the girls’ birthday coming up, I’d like to share a reflection I wrote a few years ago when they were hardly a year old. The piece was originally published on I want to thank Beth Patch, Senior Editor at the network, for the permission to feature the piece here for allContinue reading “From the Mouths of Babes”

The Healthy Kind of Fear

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction (Prov. 1:7; NKJV). In these days of COVID, I’ve heard a number of well-meaning Christians say something to the effect, “We shouldn’t fear. God is bigger than the coronavirus.” Yet, that is precisely why we should fear. The BibleContinue reading “The Healthy Kind of Fear”

Celebrating Women’s History Month: Pioneers of the Faith, Caterina Gardella (Palma), 1885-1958

I wrote this bio in honor of the legacy of my paternal great-grandmother, Caterina Gardella. She was a church founder, the first Secretary-Treasurer of the Christian Church of North America, and a gifted pianist. We named our little “Kat” (twin A) after her. The piece was originally published on the website, Explorations in Italian Protestantism, editedContinue reading “Celebrating Women’s History Month: Pioneers of the Faith, Caterina Gardella (Palma), 1885-1958”

A Father’s Day Tribute, 2020

In honor of Father’s Day, I’d like to share a piece written by my dad on behalf of his dad. I’m grateful for Dad’s dedication to his family, work, and ministry. The same values he lauds of Grandpa, well, I can say the same about him. For example, I can’t think of a single timeContinue reading “A Father’s Day Tribute, 2020”

Living in the “Last Days”

The current pandemic and George Floyd tragedy, protests, and riots can give one the eerie sense that the words of Jesus are being fulfilled in our midst: For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places:all this is but the beginning of the birth pangsContinue reading “Living in the “Last Days””

A Note to my Subscribers

I am most grateful to you—my readers! Your interest and enthusiasm keeps this blog afloat. Thanks to all those who’ve subscribed. The reflection below appeared recently on (some may have already seen it posted to my facebook page ). It may interest you to know I have a number of other articles featured onContinue reading “A Note to my Subscribers”

Blaming God for COVID

He is the Rock, his works are perfect,    and all his ways are just.A faithful God who does no wrong,    upright and just is he. (Deut. 32:4, NIV) Another COVID afternoon. The kids are anxious to run around the yard and my wife and I need some peace and quiet to get some work done. We let the kids outContinue reading “Blaming God for COVID”

“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 celebration of Mother’s Day, I am delighted to feature a piece penned by my mom, Joy Palma, devoted to the memory of her mom. I was thrilled when she accepted the invitation to share with my readersContinue reading ““My Mother’s Smile: A Letter to My Children””