Feature Articles

Oct 24, 2014

Holy Routines: Finding God in the Boundaries of Time

On a Saturday, I left my husband and the boys at home and drove to the WalMart in our small city for my weekly grocery shopping. When I had parked and began checking my purse for the shopping list and pen I knew were there, I noticed that my cell...Read more +
Oct 29, 2014

Labor in the Dark

Labor in the Dark
Before Arturo Toscanini was one of the world's great musical directors, he was a cellist so nearsighted that he memorized his sheet music. He also memorized the parts for every instrument in the orchestra.Read more +
Oct 24, 2014

Holy Routines: The Pilgrim Life

My pilgrimage began the day we went back to visit my grandmother’s land. I had come to say goodbye, to walk my memories across the familiar pasture, trace my boundary lines along the ancient wooden fence. The land was passing out of our grasp, as were many of my early...Read more +
Oct 24, 2014

Holy Routines: Commuting Prayers

A few years ago, a girlfriend convinced me to join a morning prayer group. This group of women rose early and checked in online to keep each other accountable as they prayed and set their day off in a good direction. It started off well. I popped up from my...Read more +
Oct 27, 2014

Share Your Story: Designed to Work

His name was Tony. He wore the hotel-issued black shirt, the silver nametag, and the confidence of a man who'd been in his line of work for a while. "May I take your plate? Would you like more water? Is anyone here gluten-free?" He worked his way around our table,...
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Oct 24, 2014

Holy Routines: Teatime Sanity

by Maurice Broaddus
Life is hectic. You get home from work late, again, with just enough time to eat before getting the kids ready for bed. They argue over whose turn it is to take their shower first or who touched whose stuff. You get them past their fussing long enough for them...Read more +
Oct 27, 2014

Bruce Springsteen

Entertainer Bruce Springsteen’s music has always dignified the ordinary circumstances of life. He told The New York Times , “I felt that I saw a nobility in people. Not the kind you read in the storybooks, but the kind where people go to work every day, they come home every...Read more +
Oct 17, 2014

Find New Life: The Upside Down Kingdom

When he became ill while treating Ebola patients in Liberia, the first American flown back from Africa to battle the disease in the U.S. told Matt Lauer in an interview for NBC news that at first he prayed it was malaria. When that test came back negative, his friends and...Read more +
Oct 17, 2014

Find New Life: Let’s Take a Leap of Faith

It must have been at least twenty minutes before my husband and I realized we’d been staring silently at strangers pulling carry-on luggage past us in the terminal. Seated against the wall, coats draped over our laps, we were waiting at the gate for an early morning departure from Dallas,...Read more +
Oct 17, 2014

Find New Life: Perfectionism vs. Restraint

It began with an estimate for concrete. Our century-old home sits cozily between neighbors, and we wanted to clean up the side access to the backyard. Improvements would address hospitality as much as visual appeal (both important since guests frequently use this entrance). Large cracks made us want to make...Read more +

Daily Reflection From Laity Lodge

A Radically Different Vision of Community

In yesterday’s reflection , I explained how the imperative “Submit to one another” might be disturbing to us, even as it was almost certainly disturbing to those who first encountered it in Ephesians. People who lived in the Greco-Roman world were completely familiar with submission. The whole society with its rigid hierarchies was built on the notion that lesser, weaker, poorer, younger, and (usually) female people should submit to those who wield authority over them. In the details of the...Read more +