In Response

by James D. Witmer

The Easter Gift – A Book for Advent?

Advent is a season of anticipation. When Christmas comes, we celebrate the arrival of our Savior! But before that, we identify with the children of Israel and their generations of … Continue reading

December 10, 2012 · Leave a comment

Journey of the Magi

At this Advent time of year, I appreciate T.S. Eliot’s Journey of the Magi for its reminder that, in Jesus, people have always gotten more than they bargained for. I … Continue reading

December 5, 2012 · Leave a comment

Well-Squandered Youth

“When I met my wife, I was cripplingly serious. No, I mean like special-parking-space serious.” ~ Andrew Osenga I used to think I had missed the greatest opportunity of youth: … Continue reading

November 20, 2012 · 4 Comments

Lying Down on the Job

See the young father coming home from work. He is bone-tired, especially between the ears. If this was the late 1950s, he would kiss his wife on the way through … Continue reading

November 14, 2012 · 2 Comments

Real Thanksgiving Turkeys

I submitted this short story to Kazka Press for their 2012 science fiction anthology, At Year’s End. They were completely professional and extremely kind, but in the end they rejected … Continue reading

November 8, 2012 · 2 Comments

Ragamuffin Parenting

I love Brennan Manning’s The Ragamuffin Gospel… I teach my kids the truth about God’s holiness and our sin, but not consistently. I move toward them in love, but with stumbling … Continue reading

October 30, 2012 · Leave a comment

Sorry, Kids – I’m All the Dad You’ve Got

The thought comes in various moments; sitting at dinner, driving across town, lying awake at night: God has entrusted me with the care of a beautiful woman, two precious girls, … Continue reading

October 4, 2012 · Leave a comment