Sarah Dixon Young

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Pastor’s ministry to struggling Dakota churches ‘all about love’

RAPID CITY, S.D. (BP) – Pastor Steve Osage has served as a conduit of God’s blessings to ministries across the Dakotas for 20 years, but he doesn’t want any credit.

FIRST-PERSON: Sunlight & shadows

Sarah Dixon Young rejoices in the purity of God's light, yet "I see the need for His shadow to protect me from evil and to cover me with His piercing goodness."

FIRST-PERSON: Praying to Alexa

Sarah Dixon Young observes that Molech, Baal and other idols of ancient times seem to have some contemporary counterparts: Siri, OK Google, Alexa and Cortana.

MOTHER’S DAY: Like a permanent marker

FORT TOTTEN, N.D. (BP) -- "What is on your shirt?" "Um, permanent marker." Every mother hates those words from the lips of her small child. Not only does she see the evidence as it appears on the offender, she also envisions the room, furniture, floor, toys and siblings that also might have been targeted.

FIRST-PERSON: Crucify self?

Lots of things changed when Sarah Dixon Young and her family moved to North Dakota from Florida. It's somewhat like a person who turns to Christ, she writes, and "crucifies the old self … to walk in newness of life."

Dakota retreat counters isolation among leaders

ABERDEEN, S.D. (BP) -- Snowy landscapes and distances lead to isolation for many ministry leaders in the Dakota Baptist Convention. Encompassing 147,878 square miles, it is considered a small convention with only about 90 Southern Baptist churches in the two-state region. In its ministry leaders' retreat, the convention sought to "draw pastors and church leaders together to break the isolation they have on the field," DBC Executive Director Garvon Golden said, so they can "enjoy intimate fellowship with one another."

CHRISTMAS: The lead role

The Holy Spirit's presence is front and center in the Gospel accounts of Jesus' birth, Sarah Dixon Young writes. "His activity brings about the entire narrative."

FIRST-PERSON: Where poppies grow

The resilience of poppies in former battlefields, Sarah Dixon Young writes, conveys "a picture of the Lord's work during times of great personal tragedy and loss."