Seasons: A Time for All Things


A Teacher’s Prayer

A Teacher’s Prayer that I wrote five years ago and pray again this week. Dear God, here they come, twenty, forty, sixty, and more. Oh God, steady my knees, and nail my feet to the floor. Help me radiate confidence, to look as if I know what I’m doing. Then, after all the…

“Writing as a Way of Healing” (DeSalvo)

Have you ever considered writing your story or stories? Or perhaps thought that what happened (or is happening) to you needs expression… if only you could write. But as a would-be writer you find one reason after another not to write: I’m not good enough, I don’t have time to write, I can’t…

Don, John, Juan—Jesus and Jesús

  Back in my home state, stopping at a convenience store, looking for the perfect snack—I couldn’t help over hearing the conversation between two men sitting behind the counter. I wish I hadn’t heard a word. The topic(s) bounced back and forth from one derisive dig to another funny comment (to them) about…

Imbedded Thorns (and thanks to Mick)

Thanks to God’s grace I was able to preach complete sermons in both first and second services at Highland this past Sunday morning (July 23). I really didn’t know if I would be able to make it. In fact, our technology friends made a double recording of the first sermon (thanks Gus!) so…

Walking the High Wire without a Net (This Sunday!)

“Come one, come all, to the most entertaining show on earth!” Well, that’s overstating the case by a few miles (a movie theatre is just a few miles away). Nonetheless, I will be preaching this coming Sunday at the Highland Church of Christ in Abilene (TX). If you care to watch live (two…

One More Time – this year

For the past six years Dana and I have made a trek to the mountains, the first year alone followed by five years of enjoying children (and grandchildren) and friends in the cabin(s) we have rented. So for a couple of weeks I will be away from my blogging position, hoping to come…


Glenn Pemberton is a minister turned professor turned writer. After serving churches in Texas and Colorado, Glenn completed a Ph.D. (Old Testament). He then taught at Oklahoma Christian University before coming to Abilene Christian University in 2005, retiring as professor emeritus in 2017 due to a severe chronic pain. Glenn now spends his time writing for the church. Along with short essays he has published four books, including The God who Saves: An Introduction to the Message of the Old Testament (2015), and Hurting with God: Learning to Lament with the Psalms (2012). Glenn and his wife Dana continue to live in Abilene, Texas.


Glenn Pemberton
3341 East Lake Rd.
Abilene, TX, 79601
[email protected]

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