Loving while disagreeing

By Jacqueline J. Holness   I’m a sucker for romantic love. I always have been and always will be. I secretly devoured Harlequin romance novels as a precocious preteen. As a teenager, I would lock myself in my bedroom crooning love songs along with my stereo. As an adult, I’ve attended more weddings than I […]


What will you do in the New Year?

By Jacqueline J. Holness   Few things cause us to reflect on life and legacy like sickness and death. In 2012, one of my dear sorority sisters was diagnosed with cancer for the third time, one of my youngest brother’s friends was killed in a freak car accident, a beloved church member’s husband died, a […]


Staking our claim on Christmas

By Jacqueline J. Holness   Christmas is still the most wonderful time of the year—in spite of the fact that culturally it seems more and more Americans want to separate Christ from Christmas. To that end, I have created a Top Seven list of ways Christians can stake our claim on Christmas.   1. Insist […]

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Stress or rest?

By Jacqueline J. Holness   As an American-born daughter of Jamaican parents who was raised in metro Atlanta, I consider myself a “Georgia Peach.” I don’t know as much as I should about my Jamaican heritage. This past summer, at my father’s invitation, I attended a thanksgiving and ecumenical service in celebration of Jamaica’s 50th year […]

Worshipping together

By Jacqueline J. Holness   One of my favorite movies is Forrest Gump, because in some ways, I’ve always felt like the underdog—partly because I was known as a geek in my childhood. (Don’t worry. I won’t be discussing my “inner child.”)  Forrest Gump, a slow-witted man played adeptly by Tom Hanks, is the quintessential example […]