Feature Articles

Apr 20, 2014

Simplicity at Work: A Single Eye

Shortly out of college, overwhelmed by the foreignness of life-after-school, I began to try to simplify my life. Books about simple living were everywhere, and I devoured them. In all my reading about simplicity, I read only one book, Richard Foster’s Freedom of Simplicity: Finding Harmony in a Complex World...Read more +
Apr 13, 2014

Don't Go It Alone

Harvard biologist Edward O. Wilson was fascinated with ant communities. He recognized that ants identified death by smell. When an ant died, its corpse began to decompose and produce oleic acid. Ants recognized that one of their fellows died from the smell of this acid and would dutifully carry the...Read more +
Apr 13, 2014

Contemplating the Passion of Christ

Do you observe Good Friday? If you are part of a sacramental or liturgical Christian tradition, your church will probably have a service Friday night. Less formal traditions may not have official Good Friday services but may find other ways to present the story of the passion of Jesus. I...Read more +
Apr 16, 2014

Jesus Creates Harmony from Tension

Jesus Creates Harmony from Tension
In one of their concert grand pianos, 243 taut strings exert a pull of 40,000 pounds. Theodore Steinway offers proof that out of constant tension can come rich harmony.Read more +
Apr 13, 2014

Why Holy Week Matters: Taking up Your Cross

by Keri Wyatt Kent
At the cross, Jesus generously gave his life for us. And yet, we can easily take that gift for granted and respond with indifference or entitlement. Third in a three-part series connecting everyday life with scenes from Holy Week: at the table, in the garden, and at the cross. Not...Read more +
Apr 13, 2014

Remember This Easter: Your Life’s Work Is Not Futile

by Max Lucado
The church of Jesus Christ began with a group of frightened men in a second-floor room in Jerusalem. Though trained and taught, they didn’t know what to say. Though they’d marched with him for three years, they now sat . . . afraid. They were timid soldiers, reluctant warriors, speechless...Read more +
Apr 13, 2014

Why Holy Week Matters: Letting Go in the Garden

by Keri Wyatt Kent
Chances are, you won’t have to search long to find something that overwhelms you this week, something that causes anxiety. And Jesus understands what it means to worry. Second in a three-part series connecting everyday life with scenes from Holy Week: at the table, in the garden, and at the...Read more +
Apr 13, 2014

Why Holy Week Matters: Meeting Jesus at the Table

What does Holy Week have to do with our wired lives? Where can our 24/7 lives intersect with the slow, significant events of Christ’s journey to the cross? First in a three-part series connecting our everyday lives with scenes from Holy Week: at the table, in the garden, and at...Read more +
Apr 13, 2014

A Week of Holy

On Sunday morning, we wave our palms and sing Hosanna in the Highest. And I am swept up in the raucous celebration—wondering if the stones are indeed crying out. Yet in the midst of this great joy there is a chilling stillness. Thus begins the journey to the cross. A...Read more +
Apr 13, 2014

The Other Glove

Author James McDermott recalls when he was a young boy at the train station. He saw a man on a departing train fiddling with his pipe. As the man waved goodbye, he removed one glove to better handle the pipe. In his enthusiasm, the glove fell out of the window...Read more +

Daily Reflection From Laity Lodge

The Beautiful Simplicity of Serving God in Our Daily Work

A few months ago, a famous person came to our house for a party. My wife works for a community theater that hosts a variety of performers—from community theater troupes to Broadway traveling shows. During a small after party for one of these events, the famous person brought his family. To. My. House. Because I'm incredibly shallow, I began to worry about everything—the plastic red cups, the styrofoam plates, and especially the potluck style, down-home normality of our party. Our...Read more +