Joy Sylvester Johnson

JOY SYLVESTER-JOHNSON: Pennies From Heaven

Grief comes to those of us who have buried loved ones. And even though there is talk of the “stages of grief” and finding “closure” I am not sure...

JOY SYLVESTER-JOHNSON: When Peace Seems Too Lofty A Goal

They used to say Roanoke was about ten years behind the rest of the east...

JOY SYLVESTER-JOHNSON: Breathe

Just one moment—that’s what I asked for. I wished for just one moment without the political...

JOY SYLVESTER-JOHNSON: Trump and God and Me

I have concluded I must be a masochist (one who enjoys an activity that appears...

JOY SYLVESTER-JOHNSON: A Visceral Prayer

I had forgotten that one of the best gifts you can give yourself is a...

JOY SYLVESTER-JOHNSON: My New Mission Field

Mr. Doran used to say, “There’s so many of ‘em you can’t spit without hittin’ one.” 25% of Americans identify themselves as Evangelical Christians—I am...

JOY SYLVESTER JOHNSON: What Will The Church Keep / Throw Away This Time?

In light of recent political and ecclesiastical events, I have been thinking (again) about Phyllis Tickle's thesis that the church traditionally has a giant...

JOY SYLVESTER-JOHNSON: Out of The Mouths of “Babes . . .”

Some grandmothers are all about babies. Not me. It's when they start talking they have the ability to reel me in. Last week Peter said he "predicted"...

JOY SYLVESTER JOHNSON: Not Proving, Nor Protecting

We will know we are making spiritual progress when we no longer have anything to "prove or protect." Do you remember when you were losing...

JOY SYLVESTER JOHNSON: I Heard You

Two of the best things about living in the country is the silence and the darkness at night. Far from the city lights I can...

JOY SYLVESTER JOHNSON: Are You A Living Parprosdokian?

A parprosdokian is a sentence which consists of two parts. The first is a well known figure of speech and the second is an...