Charissa Koh

Charissa is a reporter for WORLD based in Austin, Texas. Follow Charissa on Twitter @CharissaKoh.

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Lessons in humility

Lifestyle | Steven Thomas entered the pastoral ministry full of pride. But painful trials reminded him God is in charge of outcomes
by Charissa Koh
Posted 2/27/20, 04:15 pm

Second in a series on long ministry

For 37 years, Steven Thomas has served as pastor of Huron Baptist Church in Flat Rock, Mich. Looking back, he sees his own ambition as a persistent challenge to his ministry. But fully recognizing the problem took years.

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Persevering plots

Children’s Books | Fiction for tweens to older teens
by Charissa Koh & Kristin Chapman
Posted 2/27/20, 04:00 pm

Flight of the Raven by Morgan L. Busse: In this sequel to Mark of the Raven, Selene adjusts to being Lord Damien’s wife. Despite their hasty marriage and enemy families, they are falling in love. But the shadowy goddess known as the Dark Lady haunts Selene’s dreams, forcing her to choose between the Dark Lady or the Light, her husband’s good God. This book has all the charms of its prequel—a setting with interesting culture, likable characters, and pure romance—and also the same annoyances.

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Debt to society

Effective Compassion | Florida still debating if ex-felons who owe fines and fees should vote
by Charissa Koh
Posted 2/26/20, 03:07 pm

On Jan. 8, 2019, Desmond Meade registered to vote in Orlando, Fla., with his wife by his side and photographers capturing the moment. Meade spent several years in prison about two decades ago on felony drug and weapon charges. Now he serves as president of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition (FRRC), which successfully pushed for a state constitutional amendment that restored the voting rights to ex-felons who had completed their sentences.

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