Feature Articles

Aug 17, 2014

Outrageous Hospitality: Dare to Ask

When I was a kid, we often traveled from our home in Georgia to Upstate South Carolina. We loaded up our yellow 1972 Dodge Dart and spent weekends, holidays, and vacations visiting aunts, uncles, and cousins. I suppose even if there had been a hotel or motel in the town...Read more +
Aug 19, 2014

Restoring Homes to Restore a Community

Restoring Homes to Restore a Community (Kimberly)
When other companies might be inclined to tear down an old house, the Renner Project chooses to restore it.Read more +
Aug 17, 2014

Outrageous Hospitality: Making Room

The summer I turned nine, I survived leaving home for the first time. As a homebody, the thought of two weeks away at summer camp made my stomach queasy. Despite incessant pleas to skip summer entirely, I became a very homesick camper at Laity Lodge’s Singing Hills. I can’t remember...Read more +
Aug 17, 2014

Outrageous Hospitality: Love on a Plane

It began as a normal plane ride. We’d been airborne twenty minutes, and my thoughts were already shifting to domestic tasks, things happily forgotten for three days during a busy academic conference: an electrical problem with an upstairs hall light, a daughter’s dental appointment. Our flight departed Boston at day’s...Read more +
Aug 18, 2014


It was the 2000 Olympic trials. Two competitors prepared to face off in the taekwondo finals. The winner would represent the United States at the Sydney Olympic Games. The loser would find a seat in the stands. And the winner was a foregone conclusion. Because in the semifinals one of...Read more +
Aug 15, 2014

Submit Your Story (Linkup): A Letter to My Younger Self

I come from a long line of thriftiness. Perhaps it was the fact that my father’s kin were Norwegian peasant farmers who staked a claim in the hard North Dakota soil, planting beets and potatoes, hoping to make a living. They endured the ups and downs of dusty, dry summers...Read more +
Aug 14, 2014

"As a Manager, How Do You Interact With Your Employees?" — J. B. Wood

"As a Manager, How do You Interact With Your Employees?" - JB Wood
It's very easy to forget that our team and the people reporting to us and working for us are just that . . . they're people. And people—I don't care who you are—deep down they want to be acknowledged, they want to be appreciated.Read more +
Aug 10, 2014

Helping Employees Fulfill Their Dreams

We all want careers that are purposeful. Nobody wants to find themselves in a dead-end job. We want to be allowed to dream of better things. We believe that God is calling us to go further up and further in, not only in our relationship with him, but in the...Read more +
Aug 10, 2014

Helping Employees Dream: The Day My World Crumbled

My heart sank when I answered my cell phone to my wife’s trembling voice. She could barely speak but I knew what she was trying to say. “Diabetes. They think it is diabetes. We need to take him to All Children’s Hospital to meet with a doctor up there.” We...Read more +
Aug 12, 2014

Community Post: Not Another Team Like It

Ten years ago, I was hired by a company I used to work for. My job was dealing with issues that had unexpectedly landed in the company’s lap, issues for which it had no current experience. I had the experience they were looking for. The first year was almost magical...
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Daily Reflection From Laity Lodge

Jesus Answered the High Priest

After Jesus was arrested, he was taken to the home of the high priest in Jerusalem. There, many accused him, but Jesus remained silent. Finally, the high priest asked him directly: “Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?” (14:61). Jesus finally spoke, saying, “I AM. And you will see the Son of Man seated in the place of power at God’s right hand and coming on the clouds of heaven” (14:62). Notice that the New Living Translation...Read more +