Ryan Sprague, Tallahassee Democrat

Ryan Sprague

Tallahassee Democrat

Tallahassee, FL, United States

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Past articles by Ryan:

We have reason for hope, even in death

This weekend, Christians around the world remember and celebrate Jesus’ resurrection. → Read More

With so many needs, have mercy on your missions committee

There is only so much money and time available in a given church and these folks are charged with being stewards of a portion of that money. → Read More

Black History Month helps acknowledge a story interrupted

Where my surname can lead me to my geographical roots, many African American surnames were lost. → Read More

Seeing God in this beautiful, dangerous world

Beauty and danger. It’s all around us. Always. This novel coronavirus is just another example. → Read More

The Lord has come and it's over: Week Four of Advent

Christmas marks the celebration of his birth, but it’s important to remember the battle was over at his conception. → Read More

Patient expectation builds in week 3 of Advent

I believe we all share a common understanding of what it means to wait. I’d like to focus on a specific meaning and that is, “to rest in expectation and patience.” → Read More

Week two of Advent: The hope of all the earth

God’s curse-promise, spoken directly to the serpent but meant for the world to hear, was enough light for Adam and Eve to move forward. → Read More

That we hope and why: Advent begins

Hope is up there with love on a list of the most universally recognized and celebrated good things in the world. We all need it. → Read More

Guest column: Rooting for Odell is Rooting for Us

I remember the first time I met Coach Haggins (No way I was calling him Odell!). I was a high school senior on my unofficial visit to Florida State in October of 1995. Like a newly engaged woman, he held his massive hand out to my parents and me to show us his ring, a ring about ten times the size of any engagement ring adorned with shiny rocks and Seminole icons. “If you come to Florida State,… → Read More

Pain of grief better than having never loved at all

Tennyson came to mind as I was thinking of a friend who had just entered a season of mourning and they still resonate after a century of echoing through the halls of time. → Read More

Justice, vengeance converge at youth football

Why are we resistant to the idea of accepting an official’s errors being a part of the game? → Read More

The excruciating echo of Eden lingers in relationships

I’m struck by how hard we will fight to avoid death in the physical sense yet have grown so content with death in the relational sense. → Read More

Making tough choices is part of accepting our limitations

Options are great. It’s the choosing that stinks. The reality one can’t have both. The fact we are limited, that we’re not God. → Read More

Of pressure washing and our broken lives

I know I’m a mess. My wife knows and my kids know, but they don’t know fully, not the way I do. You don’t either. → Read More

Loving the church, being a good neighbor and choosing your friends

There are necessary distinctions to be made between our brothers and sisters in the Lord, our neighbors, and our friends. → Read More

Don't quit the imperfect church

Bible record includes individual members of the church who were overlooked, shamed, ostracized, and taken advantage of. → Read More

We respond to each other, but will we respond to God?

We began receiving thoughts, prayers, and good vibes from all across the nation as people shared my son's story with their circles. → Read More

The beauty of choice and the order of God

The rule was never about the fruit or the tree, the rule was about trust. Would Adam and would Eve trust their creator? → Read More

A cathedral in flames and eternity in the balance

There are two categories of people in the world: those who love God and those who hate him. → Read More

How do we forgive if sin is only against God?

Sin is a theological idea. It’s not firstly a felony or merely a misdemeanor. → Read More