Author: Stephen Carter

Scriptural Landscapes

By Nathan Arp     I recently drove by trees in full autumn splendor, their multi-colored leaves blurring as I sped past. The organic rustling of red, orange, and yellow was a fire around me that burned but did not consume. In this moment, as in many others, Earth became heaven in my eyes. I …

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Magpiety

By Javen Tanner     After Czeslaw Milosz and Philip Levine   Keep your focus on the woman speaking to you. Do not let your attention be drawn to the three magpies fighting for bread under the lamp post–– one for royalty, one for deity, one for death.   If it helps, let the woman’s …

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Out of Your Head with Fever

By Anita Tanner   “That which had struck into me my first profound terror, when as a child I lay ill with fever: the Big Thing.” —Rainer Maria Rilke   Here the kinship of pain, here the account of your own childhood illnesses, the beast that grows in you with every elevated fever, swelling in …

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Coming Out of the Closet to Your Spouse

By D. Jeff Burton D. Jeff Burton is the author of For Those Who Wonder and a former member of the Sunstone board of directors.   I exchanged thoughts and experiences with “James” (not his real name) who has a “closet doubter” story similar to many I’ve heard over the years. First, here are his …

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The Fellowship of the Saints

By Edward Hogan Edward Hogan is a retired mathematics professor. He now spends his time making furniture, gardening, and attempting to write a novel.     I am sitting in the family room watching television when my wife, Connie, comes in and shows me her thumb. It hurts, she says, and feels infected. “Should I …

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And Thorns Will Grow There

By Emily Belanger Emily Belanger is a doctoral candidate at the University of Georgia in Athens, GA, where she lives with her husband. When she isn’t teaching, writing, or fending off Southern scorpions, she reads every fairy tale she can find. “And Thorns Will Grow There” took second place in the 2015 Sunstone Fiction Contest. …

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Still Finding Pieces

By Lia Hadley Lia Hadley lives with her husband in the Pacific Northwest where she writes and teaches, always finding new ways to recycle the past.     The other day, I was at the grocery store here in the Pacific Northwest with my husband. As we came out of the soup and pasta aisle, …

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