Feature Articles

Nov 24, 2010

The Most Important Ingredient

When Mark was 13, his mom let him bake the crowning moment of their family's Thanksgiving meal—the pumpkin pie. She figured he couldn't mess up a recipe that depended on store-bought crust and canned pumpkin. Despite the distraction of his favorite college football game, Mark successfully baked a beautiful golden...Read more +
Nov 18, 2014

Create Good: Finding Purpose in a Pickle Jar

I love pickles–ALL sorts of pickles. Pickle spears to accompany sandwiches, dill slices on hamburgers, little gherkins for snacking, and giant pickles on a stick (the kind they sell at the state fair). Consequently, we have a lot of pickle jars at my house. I used to throw them away...
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Nov 20, 2014

"How Should Christians Think About Their Work?" - Bonnie Wurzbacher

How Should Christians Think About Their Work? - Bonnie Wurzbacher
How can we think about both the process and product of our work as Christians? Bonnie Wurzbacher thinks we can't ignore the fruits of our labor.Read more +
Nov 18, 2014

Create Good: Close Enough to Love

“Your house smells weird!” He dramatically shook his head and crinkled his nose. I agreed. “Yea, it smells different than yours, huh?” I didn’t rush to open a window or light a candle. He was right. My place doesn’t smell like his. In fact it’s so different, it must be...
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Nov 14, 2014

Create Good: It Takes Persistence

Whether you’re creating good in this world by faithfully serving others or by actually creating something like art, music, writing, or dance, it takes work. It takes time. It takes persistence. Few of us will be required to persist to the level Paul Smith does in order to create art...Read more +
Nov 18, 2014

Create Good: Harvesting Quiet Gifts of Good

I grew up in a family entrenched in ministry. I saw shepherding and serving as difficult and thankless. My parents often burned-out on doing good but never pulled back for times of respite. The older I became, the more I resented their focus on other people, especially since my siblings...
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Nov 19, 2014

"What Kind of Change Should We Strive for in Our Communities?" - Andy Crouch

"What Kind of Change Should We Strive for in Our Communities?" - Andy Crouch
Cultures are designed to ward off impact. Instead, I think we need to look for more modest words: words like influence, words like create, and words like contribute.Read more +
Nov 14, 2014

Create Good: Beauty in the Breaking

We roll our bags down the entry hallway of Children’s Hospital, past a colorful abstract butterfly mural. We’re here for a scheduled overnight—no rushed admission, no immediate accident or illness, no heart-thumping clutch of fear. We deal in the long and slow, in measured stretches of medication carefully calibrated—dripped in...Read more +
Nov 14, 2014

Create Good: Still Fruitful

I worked at a warehouse the summer between my freshman and sophomore years of college. My job mainly consisted of loading and unloading trucks, along with tasks such as sweeping the floors. On more than one occasion, I remember thinking, I can’t imagine having to do this kind of work...Read more +
Nov 17, 2014

Create Good: Cultivating Good in the Midst of Grief

She was my age, and also a nurse. She helped birth this place–a place where people could live out their last days in unforced rhythms of grace, where grief itself could cultivate good. I’m sure she never dreamed that she would be birthed to a new life from one of...
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Daily Reflection From Laity Lodge

An Antidote to Worry

He had the nurses turn his bed to face the window. “I like to watch the sun come through,” he says. I move over and slat the blinds, look down onto the street—onto one of those beautiful cherry trees that reaches up with red-fruited fingers to scratch on the glass. “Look at your cherry tree,” I say. And he moves the wheelchair over beside me so we both can gape. It’s the day after a big storm, and the snow...Read more +