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HISTORY IS HAPPENING crashing down with all the drama that turns the pages of a gripping work of fiction. An opening scene of the 15-year-old protagonist pointing a gun at his mother's face. A rewind of the story…

Feedback from a photographer on 2021

By Erik M. Lunsford In this look back at 2021, LCMS Director Photojournalist Erik M. Lunsford shares "some of the countless moments of God's love in Jesus Christ and His creation that stand out for me as a photographer. for the year 2021…

Photo essay: Faces of the world

After meeting in northern Thailand on one of Intrepid's very first trips three decades ago, Brett and Carol Atkinson have traveled together to many countries around the world. Often choosing to explore emerging destinations, notably…

Ask the author: Johnnie Each

Cedar Rapids teenager Johnnie Each won the 2021 Paul Engle High School Essay Contest for her story of living life with her family in Iowa. Even before winning an essay competition that earned her a year of free tuition at the University…

Essay: Living in a Pandemic

A reflection on the past year. OInitially, I started my journey as an undergraduate student at Wayne State majoring in Biology. However, after taking a few bio classes, I quickly found out that this wouldn't be…