How will these four engaging kids resolve the mixed messages their hearts are sending to their brains? Closeted Bryan wonders why Christian Michaelson doesn't just try to blend in if he hates being bullied so much.
Star athlete David isn't a homophobe—after all, he's not afraid of anything.
Diego keeps getting into trouble because of his explosive temper until he finally finds a probation officer who helps him get to the root of his anger so that he can stop running from his past.
Winner, 2009 Florida Book Award and 2010 Tomas Rivera Mexican-American Children's Book Award. After meeting online, Sergio and Lance make a date to get together in person, bringing along their respective best friends, Kimiko and Allie.
It’s not so much the object of the faith that’s important, but the sincerity.
The days were short, the weather cold, the leaves fallen, the crops idle—a perfect time for superstitious people to schedule a hopeful rally for the return of summer.
Various translations of Scripture render some of the four occurrences as “your faith has made you well,” but it is always the same Greek construction: “Your faith has saved you.” And in each instance, Luke seems to have eternal salvation in view, not just physical healing.
When examined carefully, this one phrase tells us much about the role of faith in salvation.
It has been common since at least the time of the Puritans to claim Christians began celebrating Christ’s birth on December 25 in an effort to change the emphasis of a day associated with a pagan festival—much like some Christians today hold “fall festivals” in lieu of Halloween.
American Puritan Increase Mather, for instance, said “the early Christians who first observed the Nativity on December 25 did not do so thinking that Christ was born that month but because the heathen’s Saturnalia was at that time kept in Rome, and they were willing to have those pagan holidays metamorphosed into Christian.” But a group of contemporary scholars, drawing on ancient writings from as early as the second century, suggests that December 25 is well within the realm of possibility as the real date.