Author Archives: Deana Chadwell

Deana Chadwell

About Deana Chadwell

I have spent my life teaching young people how to read and write and appreciate the wonder of words. I have worked with high school students and currently teach writing at Pacific Bible College in southern Oregon. I have spent more than forty years studying the Bible, theology, and apologetics and that finds its way into my writing whether I'm blogging about my experiences or my opinions. I have two and a half moldering novels, stacks of essays, hundreds of poems, some which have won state and national prizes. All that writing -- and more keeps popping up -- needs a home with a big plate glass window; it needs air; it needs a conversation. I am also an artist who works with cloth, yarn, beads, gourds, polymer clay, paint, and photography. And I make soap.

Five Questions

Jesus1by Deana Chadwell6/22/16
Please note that when I use the word “Christianity” I refer to essential theology as discovered through study of the Bible, not to “churchianity,” the elaborate, human construct that includes ritual, cant, legalistic rules and regulations, the accumulation of wealth, and the construction of hierarchies. More » • (1270 views)

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Soul Bare: Stories of Redemption

SoulBareThumbby Deana Chadwell6/16/16
Pre-ordering available now at A collection of essays, including one by DC  •  I am so excited to announce that in a month a new book will hit the shelves. Soul Bare is collection of essays written mostly by Christian women about their walk with God. More » • (707 views)

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The Sinking Sand

DesertSandby Deana Chadwell6/15/16
For the last century Western civilization has been playing make believe. We have been “slouching toward Bethlehem” across a desert filled with bones and all we seem aware of is the mirage of an oasis out on the horizon. The longer we stagger across these burning sands More » • (1431 views)

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Oh, for the Love of God!

LoveOfGodby Deana Chadwell6/6/16
Our society worships many gods and we have built many temples – government buildings, department stores, movie theaters, sports arenas, bars, and universities, to name a few. We bow down to the human body, to sex, to technology, to inebriation, to money, to science. More » • (617 views)

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My Country Was of Thee

Praying-Ladyby Deana Chadwell5/18/16
Our father’s God to, Thee,
Author of liberty,
To Thee we sing. More » • (998 views)

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To Trump or not to Trump

TrumpFiredby Deana Chadwell5/5/16
That is the question: Whether it is nobler in the mind to suffer the presidency of Hillary Clinton, or by voting Trump risk the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune? Aye. That is the rub. More » • (1951 views)

Posted in Politics | 66 Comments

Tell the Ghosts

CastleGateby Deana Chadwell4/17/16
Remember playing cops and robbers, reading about Nancy Drew and the thieves she was trying to catch, hearing stories about St. George and the Dragon? Good vs. evil – always the same theme. More » • (1047 views)

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Slouching Toward Washington

QuestionThinkingby Deana Chadwell4/1/16
I’ve lived through and paid attention to elections going all the way back to Eisenhower. Each time, people chose up sides, whacked away at the opponent, and the votes fell where they fell. More » • (801 views)

Posted in Politics | 18 Comments

Those Aren’t Our Values

Ethicsby Deana Chadwell3/26/16
I can actually feel brain cells explode every time I hear that line. That one and, “That’s not who we are.” The nonsense of those sentences needs exploration before someone carves them in stone. More » • (809 views)

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The Donald’s Shaky Foundation

AngryChildby Deana Chadwell2/20/16
There are two kinds of people in this world: those who, deep in their core, are bolted to bedrock, and those who are loaded on wheels, on pontoons, on hang gliders, on whatever will allow them to roll downhill or to float with the winds whenever they come flying. More » • (1476 views)

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Compromise and the Law of the Excluded Middle

CoyoteHelpby Deana Chadwell2/4/16
So much of political talk in the last couple of decades has been about “working across the aisle, “ to “get things done.” These discussions have been filled with a sentimental, kumbaya longing, “Can’t we all just get along?” More » • (1138 views)

Posted in Essays | 28 Comments

Of Angels and Snakes

Dragonsby Deana Chadwell1/29/16
They’re really the same; at least that’s what the progressive mindset would have you think: it’s all in the eye of the beholder; maybe you have a bias against snakes, but most are good and needed in the natural balance of things. Right? And angels – those aren’t even real. More » • (1258 views)

Posted in Essays | 19 Comments