Feature Articles

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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Nov 17, 2014

Create Good: Choosing Good to Create Good

The emotional undertow started tugging at my ankles while I was mopping the kitchen. Yesterday’s confrontation with a coworker played through my head, and my emotions went along with the wave. Anger. Hurt. Powerless. Trapped. My thoughts tugged at me, tempting me to sink deeper beneath the surface. Why didn’t...
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Daily Reflection From Laity Lodge

Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem

It seems sadly ironic that Psalm 122:6 is still just as relevant today as it was when it was written about three millennia ago. If anything, the peace of Jerusalem is even more fragile and more essential to the well-being of the world than it was when David first composed the simple instruction: “Pray for peace in Jerusalem” (122:6). What happens in Jerusalem impacts not just that city and its surroundings, not only the people who have a claim upon...Read more +