Author Archives: Carlene Hill Byron

About Carlene Hill Byron

The former editor of New England Church Life and The New England Christian, Carlene Hill Byron is enjoying being home in Maine after 20 years in North Carolina. She is a member of the Redbud Writers Guild. Find her at christianpurposeblog.wordpress.com, churchandmentalillness.wordpress.com and on Facebook at MyHouseHasHistory.

What the Blue Angels taught me about Christian living


God teaches in mysterious ways. Sometimes, the lesson comes in a still small voice. Today, it came in the roar of six fighter jets flying over my home town during the Great Maine Air Show.   The US Navy’s Blue … Continue reading

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Speak? No, don’t speak.


Speak? No, don’t speak. Seriously. Don’t speak. Here’s what I learned about open communications over 40 years of adult living: First I was a newspaper reporter during the time when reporters were expected to maintain “objectivity” about the news. Don’t … Continue reading

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Spiritual Transfusions for Bad Blood: Charlottesville, Tulsa and My Ancestry


If family history research teaches anything, it is that none of us is without some fundamental sinfulness that tarnishes our family line across many generations. So while I can join those who are reeling in horror at the weekend’s events … Continue reading

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Book Review: When Faith Catches Fire


This book makes the case that the US church has a great deal to learn from Latin-American immigrant congregations. No argument there. It points out the passion and enthusiasm of Hispanic Christians, notes their frequent transition from traditional Catholic roots … Continue reading

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Can Anyone Try Too Hard?


I’m a desk-worker by trade who is currently “trying” to lay a brick walkway at my home. Right now, I’m still at the shoveling stage: shovel out 18 inches of dirt, shovel in a sand and gravel mix. This morning, … Continue reading

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